By Dominic Toner

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes it is crucial his players have a good rest period.

The Spurs boss has left five England stars out of his pre-season tour of Australia as well as Toby Alderweireld, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies after their involvement in the latter stages of Euro 2016.

“They [the players] are not machines, they need to rest, they need to recover after only maybe 15 or 20 days holidays,” Pochettino told the Evening Standard. “We have ahead a very important season with Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup competitions and we need to be ready to compete.”

Spurs are scheduled to play two matches on the tour, against Italian champions Juventus on 26 July and Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid on 29 July.

The absence of first-team players had handed rookies Marcus Edwards, Luke Amos, Shayon Harrison, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Anton Walkes and Tom Glover a chance to join the senior squad.

Kane will not travel on the tour after England’s disappointing Euro 2016 tournament, in which he failed to score a single goal and faced criticism for several poor free-kick and corner routines.

There had been claims that the striker was tired after playing in the 2015 Under-21 European Championships and 50 games in all competitions for Spurs in the last year, but the former Millwall loanee denied these claims, as reported on Football Insider.

Kane had a brilliant last season scoring 25 goals in the Premier League, but will now face competition from Janssen, who will travel with the squad.

In other Tottenham team news, a former manager has backed the club to compete for the Premier League this season.