Clive Allen delivers verdict on Tottenham representation in England team

Harry Kane of England applauds the fans following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in...

Having five players in the England squad meant Tottenham Hotspur were there to be lauded or shot at in equal measure.

Mauricio Pochettino manager

Mauricio Pochettino has turned Tottenham into one of the strongest and slickest teams in Europe.

He has achieved the feat without spending gratuitous amounts of money on players, preferring instead to nurture homegrown talent and find rough diamonds he can sculpt into stars for club and country.

But while Tottenham have won admirers across Europe for their style and the players and manager they possess it has failed to materialise into silverware so far.

The club has five players in Gareth Southgate's England squad at the Russia World Cup with star man Harry Kane on course to win the golden boot.

Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane of England look dejected following their sides defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium...

But Tottenham were 23 points behind champions Manchester City and failed to win the League Cup or FA Cup and many fans and pundits highlight their continued trophy draught as a major problem for the club and its players.

Despite England going out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage to Croatia with their heads held high, many have been critical of some of the Spurs contingent.

Harry Kane wasn't at his usual brilliant best against Croatia while Dele Alli was a shadow of the player he can be all tournament.

Eric Dier also emerged as something of a whipping boy for fans who feel he is too slow, cumbersome and negative to be an international player and took the place of more talented rivals Jack Wilshere and Jonjo Shelvey.

Clive Allen and Michael Dawson of Tottenham Hotspur give instruction during the Football And Football community coaching clinic with Tottenham Hotspur and San Francisco 49ers on October 26,...

But Spurs legend Clive Allen told Sky Sports the players did themselves and the club proud and says the experience will only benefit Tottenham.

"The representation of Spurs is immense," Allen told Sky Sports.

"I think it just shows how far the club have come certainly in the last five years.

"It's been quite incredible the squad that's been assembled, the success they've had not only domestically but obviously Champions League experience which has been invaluable and they carried that through to the World Cup."

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