Paul Merson shows remarkable sympathy for Tottenham

Paul Merson criticises England head coach Roy Hodgson for playing Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane against the Netherlands.

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has criticised England head coach Roy Hodgson in The Daily Star.

Merson believes that Hodgson should not have brought on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane as a substitute in the friendly international match against the Netherlands on Tuesday evening.

Kane, who played for the entire 90 minutes against Germany last week, came on in the 70th minute at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham players Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Dele Alli also featured for England during the international break.

Merson, despite being a former Arsenal player, has shown remarkable sympathy for Tottenham, who are aiming to win the Premier League title this season.

“I thought what Hodgson did with Kane was dangerous,” the former Arsenal man wrote in The Daily Star. “Everyone knows he’s already on the plane for the Euros.

“Why bring him on at the end of the game against Holland? He’d already started against Germany. To play him against Holland was pointless – and it was asking for trouble. What if he’d got injured?”

“If Kane gets injured, the title race is over,” added Merson. “Spurs can’t win it without the Premier League’s top scorer. So it was a risky decision from Roy.

“It’s not just Kane, though. Danny Rose played both games. So did Eric Dier and Dele Alli. OK, Jamie Vardy did too. And Danny Drinkwater had a long run-out against Holland. But they’ve got an extra day to recover. I hope it doesn’t take a toll on Spurs.”

Tottenham will return to action on Saturday evening when they take on Liverpool away from home at Anfield.

Liverpool still have a small chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season, and the Merseyside outfit are certainly going to give Spurs a run for their money.

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