By Dominic Toner
Harry Kane and Dele Alli have both been selected to start for Tottenham against Inter Milan.
Mauricio Pochettino has included the English pair from the start in the friendly match alongside senior names such as Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld.
Kane and Alli have both been on extended breaks after their international duty this summer and will take part in their first pre-season game on Friday evening.
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Forward Kane was a crucial part to Spurs’ success last season and the Englishman picked up the golden boot award for his 25 goals.
Team-mate Alli was equally impressive throughout the campaign, scoring 10 goals and adding nine assists in the league season.
Spurs side commence the Premier League season in just over a weeks time with a tough opening trip to Everton, and several of their star players will unlikely be up to full fitness for the match.
Pochettino will be able to get a good judgement of how far regulars Kane and Alli are off match fitness and whether they can be in contention for next week.
The club’s new signing Vincent Janssen could be a potential replacement for Kane to lead the Spurs frontline and he confessed that Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy convinced him to move to White Hart Lane.
Despite the lack of competitiveness in pre-season fixtures, Spurs have lost their two matches against Juventus and Atletico Madrid and will not wish to enter the league on the back of a 100 per cent losing record.
Spurs challenged eventual winners Leicester last season in the league and have been rewarded with Champions League football, following the third-placed finish in the league.
In other Tottenham team news, Jermaine Jenas has recreated Alli’s stunning strike from last season.