Why this England squad selection is significant for Tottenham

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Roy Hodgson yesterday announced his squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and there was a lack of Spurs players for the first time since 1954.

Yesterday's World Cup squad was special for more than one reason.

The number of younger players in the team was significant, with several experienced players the wrong side of 30 making way for promising teenagers and players in their early 20s.

It was also the first World Cup since 1998 that England have had an Englishman in charge, with Sven-Goran Eriksen and Fabio Capello sharing duties in the three tournaments since then.

But for Spurs fans, it is especially significant. For the first time in 60 years, an England World Cup squad will have no Tottenham players in it.

It is all the more bizarre as during the last World Cup no team had MORE players that Spurs, with a huge five individuals selected from White Hart Lane. For that tournament, it was their North London rivals Arsenal who didn't have any players selected.

But for this summer's tournament, a series of injuries, loss of form and transfers have ensured that no Spurs player will be representing England at the tournament, the first time such a thing has happened since the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland.

Several Tottenham players took part in the 2014 qualifying campaign, with Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend playing particularly important roles at various points. Both players missed out on selection through injury, with Walker's pelvic problem keeping him out for a couple of months. Townsend suffered a knock to his ankle at Stoke recently that ruled him out 10 weeks.

Jermain Defoe, who is on standby duty for Brazil, transferred to MLS outfit Toronto FC earlier this year, ironically in search of the regular football that would see him secure a spot on the place. Another possible candidate, Jake Livermore, missed out despite a strong season on loan at Hull City.

Roy Hodgson ignored the form of Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon for the entire qualifying campaign, with both being picked for the 2010 World Cup and elsewhere during Fabio Capello's reign.

Only time will tell whether the lack of Spurs players is a good or bad omen for the England side, or no omen at all. In 1954, England topped a group that contained Italy but then went out to Uruguay in the next round.

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