Several Tottenham Hotspur stars took center stage on day two of our winter World Cup as the tournament well and truly got underway.
Like it or not, the Premier League season has stopped, and the World Cup is upon us. Now two days old, Tottenham Hotspur has already been well represented, with England and Wales playing in Group B on the second day.
Kane shows off playmaking skills Tottenham fans know well
On a day when England came out banging with six goals against an overmatched Iran, you would think that Harry Kane would have had one or two. Instead, one of the favorites for the Golden Boot coming into the tournament, Kane turned provider handing out two assists.
The two assists showed off two different aspects of Kane’s passing game. On his first assist, Kane flashed diagonally, making a run into space ahead of Bellingham. Then Harry showed some nice change of pace, hesitating and bursting just enough to get past the defender to deliver an excellent cross to Raheem Sterling, who volleyed home.
On Kane’s second assist, he showed his vision by orchestrating play in the middle of the pitch. Dropping deep – or at least deep for England on Monday – Kane did wonderfully collecting a long ball with his first touch and playing in Marcus Rashford, who took care of the rest, with his second touch.
For Rashford, it was the perfect start, scoring within moments of being introduced. It was a good end to the day for Kane, where he never took a shot but impacted the game, being withdrawn minutes after that second assist.
Eric Dier is also on the England squad, and after Harry Maguire had a head, Dier made his World Cup debut as an unexpected first substitute. Dier was perfect in his passing and not involved in the late penalty, but he had little to do in his 20+ minutes. With Maguire questionable, Dier may have a lot more time coming.
Davies, Rodon, and of course, Bale goes for Wales
The other match involving Spurs players was Wales versus the United States. Ben Davies and Joe Rodon started, as did former Tottenham superstar Gareth Bale. It looked like it would be a bad trip back into the World Cup for Wales, but a late Bale penalty let them split the spoils with the Americans.
On Wednesday, even more Tottenham players will be in action as Argentina, Denmark, and France are scheduled to play, and we can expect more impact from Spurs players.