By Tony Hughes
Victor Wanyama has been axed from the Tottenham team for Wednesday’s Champions League showdown against Monaco.
Mauricio Pochettino has sprung a surprise by fielding an attack-minded line-up that includes Dele Alli in a central midfield role.
This means there is no place for Wanyama, who has started all four of Spurs’ Premier League matches this season, or the available Moussa Demebele in the starting XI.
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Eric Dier, who signed a new five-year contract on Tuesday, has been selected to anchor the midfield, with three attacking midfielders selected in support of spearhead Harry Kane.
Heung-Min Son keeps his spot after his double against Stoke on Saturday, while Erik Lamela returns to the starting XI in place of Wanyama.
A third senior player in record signing Moussa Sissoko has to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench. The £30million France international also failed to make the team for the triumph at the Britannia Stadium.
With Danny Rose still injured, Ben Davies again starts at left-back in an otherwise settled back five.
In other Tottenham team news, the club are eyeing a stunning £400million deal.