German international singles out Tottenham trio for praise but says they cannot win Euros
By Coral Barry
Lukas Podolski was impressed by Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Danny Rose in March’s friendly with Germany, but does not think they can lead England to the European Championships trophy.
The German international is line to make his seventh appearance at a major championship for his country and thinks England will benefit from a new generation of youngsters in the squad in the future.
However, Podolski does not think the Tottenham trio or their international teammates have what it takes to win the tournament in the summer.
“I thought England were good to watch and I liked how they were aggressive, pressed us and played to their strengths,” said Podolski speaking to the Sun.
“I liked Dele Alli in that game. He played very well. I know he is older, but Jamie Vardy did well — and of course Harry Kane.
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“I thought both full-backs played well against us. Danny Rose, down the left, looked quality and attacked us. And the same with Nathaniel Clyne.
“They overlapped, pushed on and made things difficult.”
England came back from 2-0 down against Germany to beat them 3-2 with Spurs midfielder Eric Dier scoring an injury-time winner.
Roy Hodgson’s side have been drawn in the same group as Wales, Slovakia and Russia and will be expected to make it into the next round.
The Three Lions have five Tottenham stars in their ranks with Kyle Walker making up the last of the Spurs representation in the squad.
All five are expected to be on the plane to France and could play a crucial part in how far England go in the competition.
Of the Spurs contingent only Walker and Rose are above the age of 22 and Podolski thinks experience could be an issue for England.
None of the Tottenham players have ever been to a major championships with England, Walker missed on the 2014 World Cup squad due to injury and Podolski believes there needs to be a careful balance struck between raw talent and experienced players.
The former Arsenal striker said: “At a tournament, you need to enjoy every breath, every minute. All the staff have to be together. You need an incredible team spirit.
“There is also the experience being in the cities, meeting different people, the intensity of the games.
“A tournament is always special and maybe England don’t have lot of experience. There is Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart and they are still important.
“But you have to have exactly the right mix.”