Roberto Martinez’s men travel to White Hart Lane today, but which players would get into the other’s side?
Tottenham and Everton lock horns today at White Hart Lane, with a point separating the sides in fifth and sixth.
Both have ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League, and on their day have played some excellent football this term.
However, with these sides battling to be amongst England’s elite, who would make a combined XI?
GK – Hugo Lloris
A tough call; Lloris has the ability to make a world-class save, while Tim Howard is more consistent. The Tottenham man gets the nod – just.
LB – Leighton Baines
One of the best in the business at left-back, Tottenham’s woes in the position means that Leighton Baines is a shoe-in.
CB – Phil Jagielka
Has more to his game than Spurs skipper Michael Dawson, hence his place ahead of the Tottenham defender in the England team.
CB – Jan Vertonghen
A Rolls Royce of a defender, Vertonghen’s return to fitness will be a real boost for Spurs as they take on Everton today.
RB – Seamus Coleman
Along with Kyle Walker, these two sides have arguably the best attacking right-backs in the division. However, the Republic of Ireland defender has better positional sense than his Spurs equivalent.
LM – Christian Eriksen
Used on the left wing by Tim Sherwood to accommodate him, Eriksen would prefer to play centrally but has all the skill and ability to start on the flank.
RM – Ross Barkley
A mercurial talent, Barkley is playing out of position here also but is a must for the side. Aaron Lennon is a close back-up.
CM – Gareth Barry
Rejuvenated since his move to Everton, Gareth Barry is one of the most influential players in his position in the Premier League. Got to be a consideration for England’s World Cup campaign.
CM – Paulinho
Still to really show his best for Tottenham, the fleeting glimpses that the White Hart Lane faithful have seen have been impressive. The epitome of a box-to-box midfielder, and a player that can be an important man for Spurs.
ST – Romelu Lukaku
The fact that the Belgium international is injured and will not feature today will be a relief for the home side, as Lukaku has all the attributes to trouble any defence in the division.
ST – Emmanuel Adebayor
Showing exactly what he is capable of under Tim Sherwood and an automatic choice for the combined XI.
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