This will be Mauricio Pochettino's biggest challenge at Tottenham next season

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham's English stars were fearless last season, but will they have the same swagger next time around?

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

While Leicester City's incredible success last season was the story of 2015/16, Tottenham Hotspur's campaign was for a long time looking like a story which could be just as memorable.

At one stage it appeared as though they might just overhaul the Foxes, demonstrating their confidence and ability with an impressive 4-0 win away to Stoke in the final month.

Over the four games which followed, Tottenham faded, drawing two and losing two, even ending up finishing third behind Arsenal.

While a Champions League finish was secured, slipping below their bitter rivals at the very last moment was a bitter disappointment for Spurs and their fans.

Georginio Wijnaldum scores the first goal for NewcastleGeorginio Wijnaldum scores the first goal for Newcastle

Now the five Tottenham players who featured and started for England at Euro 2016 have endured more misery, with one of the most humiliating exits from a tournament in recent memory, losing 2-1 to Iceland.

Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Dele Alli and Harry Kane all had mixed tournaments on a personal level, but the lingering effects of the defeat could be problematic for Spurs, coupled with their poor end to the season.

England's Harry KaneEngland's Harry Kane

In the short term, Tottenham will be hopeful that their England quintet do not begin the next season with a hangover from their recent disappointments.

With a tough opening game away to Everton and key man Mousa Dembele suspended, Tottenham will need their England stars displaying their club form from the majority of last season.

Longer term, head coach Mauricio Pochettino has to work with them mentally to ensure they have the same kind of swagger which carried them through last season.

In 2015/16 the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane were fearless, having never really experienced the type of intense failure they have done lately, twice within a matter of months.

It may take a little while to get back into their groove again, and ensuring they recapture the spirit and form of last season is vital for them to repeat their success and go on to achieve bigger and better things.

England's Dele Alli looks dejected after the gameEngland's Dele Alli looks dejected after the game

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