Karren Brady unexpectedly showers Tottenham with praise, shares why they must be congratulated
By Harry Sykes
Karren Brady has showered Tottenham with praise for contributing so many players to the England team.
Three of those in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI in Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Germany are at Spurs, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker.
The number would have been higher had injuries not prevented Southgate from selecting Harry Kane and Danny Rose, who have continued to excel for Mauricio Pochettino’s high flyers this season.
West Ham vice-chairman Brady is not afraid of delivering public digs at Spurs, who are bitter rivals of her own club, but insisted they and a second Premier League outfit in Southampton should be praised for their success in developing English players.
“It’s a fact that many of the better national sides are structured around one club,” wrote Brady in her Sun column. “In the first England team originated by Gareth Southgate against Germany tonight, he goes one better and two clubs predominate.
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“Of the 16 players used, counting those with past and present connections, Spurs have four and Saints five.
“Both clubs must be congratulated. They have productive academies chiefly made up of English lads and while Southampton have had to sell several of their outstanding players, Tottenham are rich enough to hang on to theirs.
“A final thought, though: Very recently, Arsenal were in a similar position. Last night, no Gunner made it on to the pitch.”
Relations between London rivals Spurs and West Ham have taken a nosedive in recent years, partly due to the east Londoners winning the race to rent the Olympic Stadium at a peppercorn price.
That deal was secured by Brady, much to the chagrin of Spurs’ long-serving chairman and negotiator-in-chief Daniel Levy.
Spurs fans can at least take heart from their side’s transformation on and off the pitch in recent years.
Pochettino’s side are second in the Premier League and well placed to secure a top-four finish and place in next season’s Champions League.
Tottenham also have a state-of-the-art training base and are building a £750million 61,000-capacity new stadium that is expected to be complete in time for the start of the 2018-19 season.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.