England crashed out of Euro 2016 with a humiliating last-16 defeat to Iceland on Monday.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Darren Anderton has admitted in a post on his Facebook account that he feels sympathy towards the Spurs quintet who were part of the Three Lions squad that suffered an underwhelming Euro 2016 campaign.
England endured one of the most humiliating defeats in their history on Monday night as they crashed out at the last-16 stage to underdogs Iceland with a 2-1 defeat after going 1-0 up in just the fourth minute.
Harry Kane toiled in attack against the resolute and deep Icelandic defence, whilst Dele Alli and Eric Dier were unable to dictate things in midfield, and full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose attacked down the flanks to no avail.
Walker and Rose were billed by ex-England winger Steve McManaman as two of the country's most impressive performers at the tournament prior to the Iceland game whilst Eric Dier has also received acclaim, and Anderton stressed that their stock will only have risen as a result of their individual displays.
The 44-year-old wrote on his Facebook page: "Naturally I have some sympathy for the Spurs players involved. I think for Walker, Rose and Dier it’s been a positive tournament, not perfect but their reputations have been enhanced."
However, for Spurs' star pair of Kane and Alli it has been an undeniably frustrating competition, and Anderton believes that the attacking pair were victims of exhaustion and lost momentum respectively.
The ex-winger continued: "To me Kane looks exhausted, he’s played around 65 games in the last 12 months with no break and it’s bound to catch up with him. He’s better than he’s shown at the Euros, we all know that, I’m sure he’ll be back firing in the goals after some time off.
"Lastly, Dele Alli had a strange tournament. At times he was England’s most energetic and lively midfielder but then he had a tendency to be very quiet at other times. I think the ban he got at the end of last season was more of a problem than anyone realised. Instead of giving him a chance to recharge and prepare to be in peak condition for the summer, it halted any momentum he’d built up. It looks like he’d lost his rhythm."
The five Spurs stars must now attempt to get over their disappointment and instead turn their attention to focusing on pre-season as the club look to go one step further by seeing through a Premier League title challenge to the very last in the upcoming season.