Gareth Southgate has high praise for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

The England under-21 boss is happy with the way Poch uses young English talent.

Tottenham Hotspur are earning rave reviews for their performances this season. Mauricio Pochettino has helped the side come on from last season, winning a place in the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea and they continue to press in the Premier League for the Champions League places.

They have also done so with a very youthful team. The likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen are still spring chickens and their performances for the club have been exemplary.

One man who has been impressed is England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate. He told the FA yesterday that Pochettino had been great for young English football since being at Southampton and continued at Spurs:

“Mauricio Pochettino at both Southampton and Spurs has been prepared to [put young players in the team].

“I think people are looking and saying that some of our young players are as good as the imports that are being bought.

“So that’s good for breeding confidence for youth development throughout English football.”

At Southampton Poch was excellent for the development of players such as James Ward-Prowse, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez. Now he is doing the same at Spurs.

He brought Mason into the team, is adding a new dimension to Bentaleb's game and has improved the defensive stature of Rose. He also signed Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon. As for Kane, he has helped him onto 24 goals already this season.

Tonight his young team take on Fiorentina in a crunch Europa League second leg. Southgate will surely be watching on hoping his young talents impress under his favourite English club manager.

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