International defender's World Cup heartbreak is good news for Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur could turn Domenico Criscito’s World Cup omission into an opportunity for both parties.

There’s plenty of uncertainty at White Hart Lane heading into the summer with a vacant managerial post and issues with the squad that need to be addressed.

On Tuesday, boss Tim Sherwood faced the same fate as predecessor Andre Villas-Boas as he was relieved of his duties in charge of the first team.

And a slew of last summer’s expensive signings funded by the sale of Gareth Bale see their futures in the balance alongside some of their longer-tenured team-mates at Spurs.

Starting left-back Danny Rose is one man who could be affected by summer changes despite his seven years on the club’s books, nearly half of which were spent out on loan.

Sherwood was an advocate of the 23-year-old but is now gone, and left-back has been highlighted as an area in need strengthening for Tottenham all season long.

Spurs were heavily linked with a move for Zenit St Petersburg’s Domenico Criscito throughout the Autumn and into January to provide an experienced figure on the left side of the defence.

A concrete offer for the 27-year-old’s services would never materialise and the trail seems to since have gone cold, but Spurs would do well to revive their interest based on a recent development.

Criscito was a surprise omission from Italy boss Cesare Prandelli’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad, a decision both he and his agent have shown disdain for.

Prandelli is yet to explain the puzzling snub, but a possible explanation is that playing in Russia has counted against the veteran full-back.

Criscito himself expressed uncertainty over whether plying his trade outside Europe’s top five leagues was a factor. However, the coach selected several Serie A-based players ahead of him with vastly inferior international experience - making his Russian Premier League status a plausible culprit.

And that’s where Spurs come in. A Premier League switch could be an attractive move for the ex-Genoa man, who would raise his profile and level of domestic competition in England.

At 27, Criscito still has a chance of making major international tournaments in the future, and Spurs could give him the platform to launch himself back into the Azzurri fold next term.

The situation hands Tottenham a selling point with which they could convince Criscito to move to White Hart Lane, where he could fulfill the club's need for a quality left-back.

Of course, Zenit would need to be persuaded to sell. But if Criscito’s head could be turned in the interest of saving his international career, Spurs might find themselves holding a valuable trump card.

Criscito is a good option for Tottenham to take the reins at left-back going forward and given his current circumstances, would be well worth another look from the North London outfit.

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