How Tottenham have piled the pressure on Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson Euro 2012 England

The success of Tottenham's English players puts the pressure on the Three Lions boss. No more excuses.

When England were knocked out of Euro 2012 playing defensive football, Roy Hodgson was excused. It wasn't his team, people said, which was true.

They also said Hodgson will get the team playing marvelous football with time, which wasn't true and hasn't been throughout his career.

But giving an England boss time was a novel idea - patience runs thin in this country. World Cup failure naturally followed, of course. The excuse there was that the group - containing Costa Rica and a poor Italy side - was considered far too strong for the Three Lions.

So now we arrive at Euro 2016, surely Hodgson's last chance to prove himself. Unless, of course, his friends at the FA decide to stick with him regardless for no reason other than them liking his agreeable personality.

Despite a brilliant qualification campaign, the pressure is well and truly on the England boss. Why? It has a lot to do with the success of Tottenham Hotspur among others.

Indeed, the north London side - currently second in the Premier League - are taking the excuses away from Hodgson. In Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and more, Tottenham are showing that England have some of the Premier League's best players.

All the talk of there being 'too many foreigners' in the top flight is being proven to mean absolutely nothing. Spurs are flying - and so are several Englishmen at Leicester City, not least Jamie Vardy.

Even at Arsenal, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott were in among the goals on Sunday. At Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge is showing what he can do when he's actually fit to play.

There's quality everywhere. Look at how many good England goalkeepers there are. If Hodgson isn't happy with his full-backs, meanwhile, he need only look as far as Tottenham again, for Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are in the form of their lives.

That's why the pressure is on the Three Lions boss and the excuses thin on the ground. With the talent in the England squad - and the momentum many will have taken from successful club seasons - a strong Euro 2016 campaign is the bare minimum Hodgson should be looking at.

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