By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Thierry Henry has delivered a scathing assessment of Tottenham’s emerging England stars by claiming they can be “mentally weak”.
Spurs challenged for the Premier League title up until the final weeks of the season but the team’s meltdown wrecked their trophy hopes.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side accumulated just two points from their final four matches of the campaign, ending with a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Newcastle.
Most memorably, Spurs squandered a two-goal lead at bitter rivals Chelsea to draw 2-2 in fractious match in which nine of their players were booked.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have all been named in England’s Euro 2016 squad, with all of the five having realistic prospects of starting the opener against Russia on Saturday week.
Arsenal legend Henry is convinced England captain Wayne Rooney will have to play a key role in setting an example for the youngsters in the squad.
“Wayne Rooney is going to be key, to be in and around those youngsters,” Henry told Sky Sports News on Wednesday. “We saw with Tottenham recently that some of their youngsters can be mentally weak sometimes.”
Alli missed the final three matches of the Premier League season after being suspended for punching Claudio Yacob in the stomach against West Brom, while Dier and Walker also lost their cool in the ill-tempered clash at Stamford Bridge.
In other Tottenham news, the Londoners are looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of an award-winning Bundesliga star.