Ledley King on why Tottenham have received a boost ahead of next season

Tottenham club ambassador Ledley King during training

The former Spurs captain feels the squad will have learnt a lot from this summer of football.

Tottenham club ambassador Ledley King during trainingTottenham club ambassador Ledley King during training

Tottenham legend Ledley King has claimed that the international experience gained by the Spurs squad this summer will be a massive boost ahead of the new season, in an interview with the club’s official site.

Spurs have a total of 12 players playing competitive international football this summer and King believes the club will reap the benefits once they return from their travels.

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goalEngland's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

“Regardless of how the team performs, if you go out to a major tournament and do yourself justice you come back with new self-belief and confidence,” said King.

“You have proven you can perform at the highest level and it gives you a real boost going back to the Premier League.

Belgium's Toby Alderweireld in action with Italy's EderBelgium's Toby Alderweireld in action with Italy's Eder

“I know that back in 2004, even though I only played twice, the size of the challenge of who I was playing against and coming through it meant I certainly came back with a new air of confidence.

“With the England lads now, in fact with all 11 players we’ve had out there, this experience can only be good for the club,” he added.

Tottenham’s English quintet were joined by Belgian trio Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, while Ben Davies, Hugo Lloris and Kevin Wimmer featured for Wales, France and Austria, respectively.

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Erik Lamela meanwhile, played his part in helping Argentina to last night’s Copa America final and the group will return to Hotspur Way with bags more experience than they left with in May.

King's words came before England's shock exit at the hands of Iceland last night and that experience may not be the best preparation for the English lads ahead of the new campaign, with Harry Kane, in particular, coming under heavy criticism for his below-par performances.

Despite the disappointing end to the Three Lions' adventure, the experience should still be a positive one overall for the Spurs bunch, with Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose impressing in particular and being amongst the few to leave France with any credit.

The Lilywhites enjoyed their highest-ever Premier League finish last season and have the foundations of a team that can push on again next season.

Victor Wanyama became Mauricio Pochettino’s first signing this summer, when he joined last week, and Spurs need to continue to add depth to ensure a repeat of last season’s late collapse doesn’t happen.

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