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Five English regulars, a great manager and an undefeated run: could this be the beginning of something great for the Spurs?
By
Ben Santamaria

4 Oct 2016 - 2:26 PM  UPDATED 4 Oct 2016 - 2:27 PM

Manchester City suffered its first loss of the season leaving Spurs just one point behind them on the table. Mauricio Pocchetino’s men defeated the title favourites convincingly with two first-half goals.

Since the arrival of Pochettino, Spurs have developed a spine of five regular starting English internationals including fullbacks: Danny Rose and Kyle Walker; midfielders Eric Dier and Dele Alli, with Harry Kane occupying the central striking role.

Those five players also featured in England’s latest squad at the Euros.

Despite their underwhelming form which saw England knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16, a clear project is in the making for Pochettino: keeping a national identity to the spine of his squad.

England has stumbled internationally for decades with their last major trophy being the World Cup in 1966. More weight has been added to the national team’s burden with the recent departure of Sam Allardyce.

If England can find some winning momentum, will further improvement be shown at Tottenham?

Spain enjoyed record-breaking and unprecedented success from 2008-2012 with two European championships and a World Cup. Spain was the best national side in the world.

FC Barcelona, who has developed into one of the most clinical and feared sides in Europe, won the Champions League final in 2011 using seven of the same players who won the World Cup.

These players were Gerrard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Pedro and David Villa with Carles Puyol subbed on in the dying embers of the Champions league win against Manchester United.

The undeniable quality of the players and management was complimented by the chemistry of players who played together both internationally and domestically.

Pochettino’s endeavour to model his team the same way could prove to be the key to becoming a European powerhouse and leading England to glory in major international tournaments.