Steve McClaren scores Euro performances of Tottenham's England quintet

England's Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Harry Kane warm up before the match

The former Newcastle United and Derby County manager had positive words for some of the Spurs contingent and harsh notes for others.

England's Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Harry Kane warm up before the matchEngland's Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Harry Kane warm up before the match

Former England and Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren was one of a number of spectators sure to have been demoralised by England's disastrous 2-1 last-16 defeat to Iceland, and the 55-year-old spoke to Sky Sports after the match to rate the England players who featured in France.

McClaren, infamously, failed to make a good impression when in charge of the Three Lions, and though many people will feel that there wasn't much at all to write home about, if anybody impressed him it was Tottenham pair Eric Dier and Kyle Walker. Both received a 7 out of 10 for their performances at the European Championships, higher than any other player in the squad.

On Walker, McClaren is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "He was excellent. He got up and down the line really well and was our best attacker. He needs to work on his end product but he certainly was a threat. Apart from not tracking his man against Iceland he was okay defensively."

England's Eric Dier and Dele Alli during trainingEngland's Eric Dier and Dele Alli during training

And Dier caught the eye the ex Manchester United number two, with him adding: "He impressed me throughout the tournament. I really liked his mentality. He always wanted the ball and took the ball. I couldn't fault him defensively."

Fellow fullback Danny Rose was also given a reasonable rating, as McClaren handed him a 6 out of 10, saying: "Like Walker, he needs to improve his end product. Just like he did for Tottenham he brought a lot to this team but there were no exceptional crosses or that killer final ball. That's what it's about. The endeavour was there from Rose but the product wasn't."

Wales' Aaron Ramsey in action with England's Danny RoseWales' Aaron Ramsey in action with England's Danny Rose

It wasn't all good news for Spurs players though, McClaren had poor scores and words of warning for star duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli. The two were involved in 45 Premier League goals last season (including assists) but aside from Alli's assist for Daniel Sturridge against Wales, there was no attacking breakthrough for a pair many hoped would seamlessly bring their club form to the international stage.

Of Alli, McClaren said: "It was very difficult for Alli to have the same impact for England as he's been having with Tottenham.

"He's been incredible for Spurs but to then step up yet another few levels in such a short space of time is impossible.

"You saw chances fall to him that he would have buried for his club side. He snatched at them and his inexperienced showed."

England's Harry Kane looks dejectedEngland's Harry Kane looks dejected

And for Kane, McClaren questioned whether the striker was scared at the tournament, or was playing in a different role he's used to at White Hart Lane: "We couldn't seem to get anyone close to him which is what he usually needs.

"Alli is the man that usually does that for him at Spurs but it just didn't happen in the England shirt. Maybe that's the fear factor and the risk factor. It could also be a tactical issue with Kane's role for England slightly different to the one he plays at White Hart Lane and I think he suffered because of that." 

With all of the players being young enough to feature in more tournaments for England if selected, they all have plenty of opportunities to prove their critics, including McClaren wrong both for club and country in the coming season.

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