Paul Merson comments on Tottenham's Harry Kane

Paul Merson (l) and Phil Thompson answer questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Paul Merson feels Tottenham Hotspur's England continent must face Spain tonight.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli of Spurs have a disagreement during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London,...

Paul Merson has told The Daily Star that England boss Gareth Southgate must play his best players tonight - especially the Tottenham Hotspur contingent.

The Three Lions play their first competitive game since being eliminated from a World Cup semi-final as Spain visit Wembley in a Nations League encounter.

It's less than two months since England lost to Croatia, but the players - including Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham - have been back playing in the Premier League since early August.

Spurs had three players in the starting XI in Russia that night - Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane - but Merson feels that Southgate must resist pressure from clubs to rest his heavy hitters this evening.

"He [Southgate] will play his best players. But that is a problem for Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier. I keep hearing Tottenham are tired because so many of their players played in the World Cup semi-finals," he told The Daily Star.


"And it wouldn’t surprise me if Gareth’s been asked to manage their minutes here. But there’s pressure on us to win this game. You can’t play at 75 per cent.

"If this was a friendly, Gareth could have given some of the Spurs boys a rest. He knows what they can do. But you can’t do that against Spain in the Nations League. Kane, for example, could probably do with a rest but I think he’ll play."

Kane hasn't shown any signs of tiredness yet this season and has two goals in four Premier League outings. Both came in August, when the 25-year-old has struggled for goals in the past.

But he has started all four of the Lilywhites' games this season, and finished all of them aside from the 3-1 win over Fulham where he came off after 88 minutes.

England's midfielder Dele Alli (2L) and England's striker Harry Kane (2R) watch during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates...

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