Tottenham has six players still participating in the World Cup. However, those six players represent only five countries, as Eric Dier and Harry Kane represent the Three Lions.
Can Kane and Dier help bring it home?
Harry Kane has been one of the stars of the Cup. Although our talisman only has one goal to his credit, his three assists equal him with Bruno Fernandes for the most thus far in the tournament. There is no doubt that Kane’s dropping deep has been problematic for teams in the tournament, and Senegal had no answer for his distribution.
The playmaking ability we Spurs fans have known about and enjoyed for many seasons is truly on display for the world, and one hopes it can change some of the negative perceptions surrounding him. Further, the goal Kane did score was just outstanding. The calm and confidence on display should buoy the spirits of everyone in England, that yes, maybe it is coming home.
While Kane has had an outstanding tournament, Eric Dier has had a much more reserved role. Playing only 36 minutes across two appearances, Dier has seen limited time in defense. However, neither John Stones nor Harry Maguire is exactly known as a player who never misses a match.
It is conceivable that Dier could see some minutes in defense, but what may be more likely would be Dier coming on late in a match as a substitute. Dier has the experience of scoring the winning penalty against Colombia in 2018. That experience could be something Gareth Southgate and the team require as the tournament progresses.