England boss Roy Hodgson has encouraging words for Tottenham youngster Shaq Coulthirst

Roy Hodgson

The striker is currently on loan with York City and Hodgson has commended him on a switch to the lower leagues.

Tottenham Hotspur have been commended in recent times for the advancement of their young players. The likes of Ryan Mason, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane have all been in the news recently for their performances this season.

It culminated in a goal for Townsend on international duty for England celebrated by Kane and Mason, which made Spurs fans extremely proud of their young proteges.

Of course there are also several top Tottenham players out on loan at other clubs. Young English stars such as Tom Carroll, Alex Pritchard and Ryan Fredericks are predicted to do big things in their respective careers and are currently out on loan - as is striker Shaq Coulthirst.

It was when being quizzed on the latter forward, who is currently with York City, that England manager Roy Hodgson explained to local York paper The Press how important he regarded loan spells for the development of young English talent:

"Harry Kane and Andros Townsend have both gone down the divisions to play football and, if you go back even further, people like David Beckham did the same when he went to Preston.

"If you are looking for precedents on how going out on loan has helped professionals in the past, there are plenty and I feel it can only be a good thing.

"The bottom line is, sooner or later, if you are going to become a good player, you've got to be able to play at a very, very competitive level where every point counts for something against more experienced, older and physically stronger players.

"Going out on loan gives you that chance and, when you go back to your club, hopefully you will have benefited from that."

Hodgson is right, especially when it comes to the Tottenham players. Kane went with the bumps at Norwich City, Millwall and Leicester City; Andros Townsend played for eight loan teams before finally coming to the fore at QPR whilst Mason battled injuries at spells with Swindon Town and Lorient and impressed with Yeovil Town.

Coulthirst has spent time with Leyton Orient, Torquay United, Southend United and York City now in his career and he will certainly look to the words of Hodgson and the success of his more senior peers in hope of a Tottenham future.

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