By Wayne Veysey

12th Dec, 2016 | 12:40pm

Gary Lineker reacts amusingly on Twitter to Tottenham Europa League draw

By Harry Sykes

Gary Lineker has backed Tottenham to overcome Gent in the first knockout stage of the Europa League in February.

The Match of the Day host and former Spurs striker has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can beat their Belgian opponents even with the handicap of playing their home matches at Wembley.

Lineker made the tongue-in-cheek comment on his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon after the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League took place.

Spurs have an extremely poor record at Wembley, where they are playing all their European home matches this season while work continues on building the new White Hart Lane adjacent to the current ground.

Pochettino’s side were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage after losing two of their three Wembley home games, against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.

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The Londoners rallied to beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 on Wednesday of last week to clinch third position in their group and qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League in the new year.

Tottenham’s reward is a two-legged tie against Gent, who are fifth in the Belgian league after accumulating 32 points from 18 matches this season.

Spurs are also fifth in the Premier League despite losing 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have confirmed they are closing in on a major January signing.