There are five Tottenham players in the World Cup quarter-finals – Paulinho, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham had 7 seven players at the World Cup Finals in Brazil. Cameroon were knocked out at the group stages so Benoit Assou-Ekotto exited the competition. The defeat of Algeria by Germany in the last-16 match brought Nabil Bentaleb’s World Cup to an end although the young Tottenham midfielder had been omitted from the team after playing in the three group matches.
Tottenham Players In The World Cup Quarter-Finals
There are now 5 Tottenham players in the World Cup Quarter-Finals.
Paulinho – Brazil
Brazil reached the quarter-finals with a 3 – 2 penalty shoot-out win over Chile after the match ended 1 – 1 after extra time. The Tottenham midfielder was dropped for that match.
The booking picked up by Luiz Gustavo means he will miss the next match and that may present an opportunity for Paulinho to return to the team.
Brazil play Columbia on Friday evening (KO: 9pm UK time)
Hugo Lloris – France
Two goals in the final 11 minutes, one an own goal in the 90th minute, saw France past Nigeria. Hugo Lloris will lead France against Germany who had a 2 – 1 win over Algeria after extra time. They took the lead early in extra time and secured the win with their second with a minute to play, although Algeria managed to reduce their lead in the last minute.
France and Germany meet on Friday afternoon (KO: 5pm UK time).
Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli – Belgium
Belgium made it through to the quarter-finals with an extra-time win over the USA. Scoreless after 90 minutes, Belgium took the lead 3 minutes after the restart They appeared to have secured victory against an exhausted US team when they added a second after 105 minutes but Jurgen Klinsmann’s team somehow found an inner strength and pulled a goal back 2 minutes later. Both teams played out an enthralling contest to the final whistle with the US missing opportunities to take the match to a penalty shoot-out.
After the game Jan Vertonghen who was the only Tottenham player in the Belgium team tweeted,
Hard work pays off!! Credits to the USA as well for this amazing game! #WorldCup2014
— Jan Vertonghen (@Jan_Vertonghen) July 2, 2014
Mousa Dembele missed the game with a slight injury picked up in training on the morning of the match but will hope to reclaim his place in the team to start against Argentina who defeated Switzerland with the only goal of the game, scored two minutes from the end of extra time.
Belgium play Argentina on Saturday afternoon (KO: 5pm UK time)