'Glimmer of hope' - Exclusive: Spurs announcement delights pundit

Kevin Phillips has supported the decision by Tottenham to reopen their training ground and claimed it will offer “hope” to some players.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested it was the “sensible option” for those who may be living in a flat in central London.

The Lilywhites announced in a club statement earlier this week that their state of the art training centre would reopen for select players on a rotational basis amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

The decision comes after two more Spurs players, Moussa Sissoko, 30, and Serge Aurier, 27, apologised for being pictured breaking social distancing guidelines.

Jose Mourinho, Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez photographed earlier this month training in a north London park.

When asked by Football Insider if this was a logical decision given players may not have the space to train in central London, Phillips said: “As long as it is sensible and safe.

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“If you are a foreign player and your family cannot get over and you are stuck in a flat in central London it offers them that glimmer of hope.

“To get your boots back on and get back on the training ground, do some sprints, a bit of long distancing running and maybe touch a football – it brings back a bit of normality to your life.

“As long as it is done within the guidelines and is safe, it is a sensible option.

“It gives you a sense of hope, as a player, that it will not be too long until you are back training with your teammates.”

The Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, claimed to have been in touch with the Premier League and wanted a return “as soon as possible”.

Clubs will begin to step up player’s fitness regimes as the governing authorities gear up for a June restart.

In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider why Eric Dier struggled under Mauricio Pochettino.