12 of Tottenham Hotspur's stars look to light up 2018 World Cup in Russia for respective countries
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 June 2018
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In addition to Spurs' five England players, Lloris, Alderweireld, Dembele, Vertonghen, Son, Sanchez and Eriksen will also be in Russia
Tottenham Hotspur are set to have 12 of their players at the 2018 World Cup after all of the squads were announced at the beginning of this week.
On Monday it was confirmed Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier had been included in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for Russia.
France announced their World Cup squad early, all the way back on May 17, and as expected, Spurs captain and Les Bleus skipper Hugo Lloris was among the 23.
Six other players from the N17 club will also compete in Russia with three of them set to face England in Group G.
Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen were named in Belgium’s 23-man squad on Monday and they will most likely do battle against England on June 28.
The Group G clash at the end of this month may see up to eight Tottenham players go head-to-head to decide who is to finish where in the group.
Elsewhere, Heung-min Son was included in South Korea’s squad which was announced on Saturday and the 25-year-old will aim to impress for his country in Russia.
Spurs’ two other players at the World Cup are Christian Eriksen, of Denmark, and Davinson Sanchez.
Sanchez was named in the Colombia squad and will play in his first major tournament which will cap a remarkable season for the 21-year-old.
Eriksen, despite being just 26, has a lot more experience than the defender and will be competing in his third major world competition.
Tottenham’s playmaker hit the headlines in November as his hat-trick sent Denmark to Russia after an aggregate win over the Republic of Ireland.
Although Eriksen has been at the World Cup before, it was in 2010 when he was only 18 and his most recent major tournament was Euro 2012.
Given his performances in a Spurs shirt this past season, it will be a surprise to no one associated with Tottenham if he is to light up the World Cup and help Denmark qualify out of Group C.
A club team-mate who will hope Eriksen has at least one quiet showing is Lloris as France are also in Group C and will take on Denmark on June 26 which will be one of a number of World Cup games with Spurs involvement.