Why Hodgson has the Hots-for-Spurs

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Roy Hodgson is preparing to launch a Harry-Kane on England’s next opponents – but should he be taking more from Tottenham than just their in-form forward ?

While the meteoric rise of affable boy-next-door Kane has delighted football fans across the spectrum, he’s not the only White Hart Lane success story that could benefit the Three Lions.

After a tentative start, Spurs have finally clicked into gear and embraced manager Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical stylings.

Shorn of an out-and-out star man since the departure of Gareth Bale – and the inability of his myriad replacements to properly shoulder the burden – Tottenham have adapted to a high-intensity, direct gameplay to maximise results.

The ever-pressing set-up was the bedrock for Atletico Madrid’s incredible La Liga success last season, and a similar serving of work rate has put an end to Tottenham’s wobble.

Pochettino had the courage to introduce controversial double training sessions – just look at Samuel Eto’o’s reaction to the same workload at Sampdoria last month – and has reaped the benefits. The Argentine has seen his side conjure four goals in the final 15 minutes in the last month alone.

And, unwittingly, he’s provided Hodgson with a blueprint to follow for England – especially as the two squads are so similar.

Each boasts a stellar stopper between the sticks. Spurs rely on captain Hugo Lloris, while England have Joe Hart – who has admittedly been more ‘solid’ than ‘spectacular’ this season.

Both are protected by a decent enough defence and midfield, before their real live-wires up top, with Christian Eriksen and Kane the decisive duo for Spurs, notching 32 goals between them. In perspective, the club has only scored 39 Premier League goals this season.

Hodgson actually has greater attacking options than Pochettino, but can channel the Tottenham model – with Raheem Sterling the most obvious choice for the Eriksen role.

As for the striker berth, a certain forward will be Kane and able to fill it. Presumably, that leaves Wayne Rooney in the Adebayor role.

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