Nine Tottenham players in the World Cup semi-finals after England and Belgium join France in last four
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Mauricio Pochettino will see nine members of the Spurs squad compete for a place in the World Cup final this week
Nine Tottenham Hotspur players will compete in the World Cup semi-finals this week after England and Belgium joined France in the last four of the competition.
Hugo Lloris inspired Les Bleus to glory on Friday afternoon with a clean sheet and a superb save to help defeat Uruguay 2-0.
Later in the evening Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen produced a top display to keep Brazil at bay and see off the South Americans by a scoreline of 2-1.
Mousa Dembele remained as an unused substitute while the Red Devils produced a shock to knock out the favourites for the competition.
A day later, at 3pm, Spurs’ Three Lions were hoping to help England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
Danny Rose and Eric Dier were among the replacements while Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier started.
In a tight contest against Sweden, Tottenham three players in the starting XI played a key role in the 2-0 win for Gareth Southgate’s men.
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Alli made his mark for the first time in the tournament with the decisive second goal for England.
He timed his run into the area perfectly to head home Jesse Lingard’s cross and put his nation two goals ahead.
The goal made Alli the second youngest England player to score at a World Cup behind Michael Owen at the 1998 edition of the competition.
Southgate eventually took off the Spurs midfielder in the 77th minute with the ex-Milton Keynes Dons youngster putting in easily his best display at the tournament.
Dier was later introduced with five minutes left, but Rose remained on the bench in sweltering Samara sunshine.
While Kane and Trippier didn’t take the headlines this time, both continued their top form at this year’s World Cup with tireless displays.
The recent results mean Spurs will have at least one player in the final with Belgium and France set to do battle on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile the five Tottenham members of the England squad will aim to help their country get past Croatia on Wednesday evening.