By Coral Barry
Jermaine Jenas believes England can go far in this summer’s European Championships if they place their faith in the five Tottenham players vying for a starting place.
Tottenham have Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker in the provisional 26-man squad, with all five expected to be on the plane to France in a few weeks time.
Jenas, a former Tottenham player, thinks the Spurs contingent will be key to England’s progress and should be the vocal point of a Three Lions squad that has often opted for experience over form.
“It’s a huge thing for England,” said Jenas speaking to the Daily Star. “If they’re going to go far in this tournament the Spurs contingent are going to have a lot to do with that.
“Even if you put Kane aside, Roy Hodgson could not have imagined Alli and Dier getting to this level.
“Last year we were talking about Dier and not knowing if he was a right-back or centre-back. Now he is one of the Premier League’s most accomplished holding midfielders.
“You can’t look at Spurs and not admire the way they play and be thinking, ‘How can I get my England team to play like this?’
“To do that, a lot of them are going to have to be on the pitch. We saw signs of it in the Germany game, with the links between Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
“There’s no doubt that it works. When you’ve got them training with each other day in and day out and playing with each other, week in week, out it helps.”
Kane picked up the Premier League’s Golden Boot after 25 goals this season and Alli has been a revelation in the role behind the Spurs striker after arriving from League Two side MK Dons in the summer.
Tottenham’s young stars dominate the England squad and Jenas believes the Spurs men can inspire England in the same way West Ham’s famous trio did when the Three Lions lifted the 1966 World Cup.
That would include Walker, who has played second fiddle to Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne in the qualification stages for England and has been regarded as back up to the main man.
However, Jenas has suggested the Tottenham players have a natural understanding of each other’s game and including all five would make for a perfect platform for England.
The former midfielder said: “They have that telepathic thing of knowing where each other was going to be, they fed off each other. So it’s perfect for England.
“People are saying a strong Tottenham contingent can be like West Ham in ’66 because they have the most squad members in the starting line-up.
“If a miracle does happen – and they end up winning it – I’m sure Spurs fans will turn it into the Tottenham trophy.”
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