By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have sent a “good luck” message to Kevin Wimmer after he was handed an unfamiliar role for his country on Saturday evening.
Wimmer has been selected to start at left-back for Austria in their World Cup qualifier against Republic of Ireland in Vienna.
The 23-year-old, who has been handed his sixth senior cap, is used to playing at centre-back for Spurs and former club Cologne.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 12, 2016
Wimmer was selected in a three-man backline alongside Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen, with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose pushed forward into wing-back positions, in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal last weekend as Mauricio Pochettino surprisingly opted to rejig the Premier League’s meanest defence.
It was Wimmer’s first Premier League appearance since April and only his third appearance for Spurs in all competitions this season.
The Austria international’s two previous matches in 2016-17 had come in the League Cup, against Gillingham and Liverpool.
Wimmer had an impressive match against the Gunners last Sunday but became the second player to score an own goal in a north London derby, after ex-Tottenham striker Chris Armstrong in March 2000.
In other Tottenham team news, this is the expected starting XI against Arsenal.