Five Tottenham Hotspur players with huge roles to play in World Cup qualifiers

Hugo Lloris

The international break comes at a good time for Tottenham Hotspur, allowing squad members to get away and clear their heads following that Hammers defeat.

Spurs have a very diverse squad of talented players in all positions, who will be under pressure as they link up with their countries for the next bout of World Cup qualifying games.

Time is running out for countries to secure points and valuable goals, which could make the difference between finishing top of groups and scrambling into second place for a play-off spot.

Here are five players to watch this Friday and Tuesday.

Hugo Lloris

Lloris made a couple of errors in the last round of matches but he can’t afford a repeat of that as France cling on to hope of making first place.

Spain have a game in hand over France in Group I and the French are also scrambling in terms of goal difference, which could be vital if Spain surprisingly lose one of their last two home games.

If Lloris can keep a clean sheet in France’s match against Finland next week, it could turn out to be the difference between them finishing first and second.

Kyle Walker

There are going to be patches in England’s games against Montenegro and Poland where Roy Hodgson’s men are under pressure.

Kyle Walker is likely to start at right-back and he needs to be on top of his game to make sure the back four isn’t breached, as England look to secure automatic qualification over a play-off spot.

Walker is also going to be key getting forward to provide width with Theo Walcott unavailable through injury.

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Vlad Chiriches

Chiriches’ Romania are in a group where three teams are currently competing for second place behind the Netherlands who are likely to finish top.

Romania are behind Turkey and Hungary with the teams separated by only a single point.

Romania play Andorra and Estonia in their final two games, which means they just have to win and hope for a mistake from their rivals. Chiriches will be a key component in their back four and he has to remain solid throughout each match.

Christian Eriksen

Tottenham’s Danish playmaker has a very big role to play as Denmark face final group games against Italy and Malta.

Denmark are just one point behind Bulgaria, currently in second place. The Bulgarians have a far superior goal difference to the Danes so all Denmark can hope for is back-to-back wins and a slip up from their rivals.

Eriksen is one of the creative forces in the Denmark side, which makes him one of the most important players.

Jermain Defoe

Defoe could find himself as one of the most under pressure players across Europe this Friday and Tuesday if things don’t go England’s way.

He’s unlikely to start against Montenegro and Poland but he will be used off the bench if both games dwindle towards the 90 minute mark and England are chasing a result or trying to secure a point.

Defoe has been a brilliant impact sub for Spurs over the last couple of seasons and that’s the role he will have to play for England this week.

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