He has seemingly had a big influence on the Three Lions during his time with Southampton and Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino has championed youth at both Tottenham and Southampton
Gareth Southgate is the England manager, but if you’re searching for the next most influential figure on the Three Lions team you need look no further than Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
That’s because of the last 26 players to make their England debuts, 12 have been coached by Pochettino.
James Ward-Prowse, who was managed by Pochettino for a little less than two seasons at Southampton and deployed in a variety of positions by the Argentine, became the latest to join that list when he came on as a substitute against Germany last night.
Others include Adam Lallana, the reigning England player of the year, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne who are all in the current squad..
Danny Rose, Harry Kane, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Ryan Mason and Calum Chambers complete the list.
Nathaniel Clyne is one of four full-backs to have made his England debut after being coached by Pochettino
It’s a testament to Pochettino’s faith in youth as well as his ability to get the most out of his players, with the likes of Lallana and Kyle Walker – who had been capped before playing for Pochettino – taking their games to new heights under his tutelage.
Pochettino’s feat also rubbishes those who blame the influx of foreign managers to the English game for young English talent not getting enough opportunities.
With the likes of Harry Winks and, further down the line, Marcus Edwards coming through at Tottenham, there’s no reason why that list of 12 players can’t grow.
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