By Harvey Byrne

A study has found that Tottenham have the second smallest defence in the Premier League, according to a report.

Local publication the Hetfordshire Mercury reports that the Spurs back line stands at an average of just 182cm tall, which is two centimetres below their overall average of 184cm.

The report states that only Everton’s defence is smaller than the north London club’s, while Manchester City and Burnley’s defences also stand at an average of just 182cm.

Belgian centre-back Jan Vertonghen is Tottenham’s tallest outfield player at 189cm and full-back Danny Rose is the smallest standing at just 173cm.

The rest of Tottenham’s defence consists of Toby Alderweireld (186cm), Kevin Wimmer (187cm), Kyle Walker (181cm), Kieran Trippier (178cm) and Ben Davies (181cm).

The versatile Eric Dier, who can also fall into Tottenham’s backline stands at 188cm tall.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino did not add to his defence this summer, although he did sign defensive-minded midfielder Victor Wanyama, who completed an £11million move from Premier League rivals Southampton.

Despite the lack of height, Tottenham’s defence was a huge success last season, conceding the joint least amount of goals with Manchester United after letting in just 35 goals in 38 encounters.

In other Tottenham team news, Danny Rose is unlikely to play in Spurs’ visit to Stoke on Saturday.