For the fledgling coach, the answer was obviously a 'no', but that's what he was able to do against Leicester City at the Lane on Monday evening.
"That's definitely true!" laughed reserve boss Colin.
Lars Hirschfeld, Ledley King, Gary Doherty, Christian Ziege, Tim Sherwood, Milenko Acimovic, Sergei Rebrov and Steffen Iversen was Colin's quota of full international - ably topped up by the experienced Stephen Clemence and promising youngsters Stephen Kelly and Dean Marney.
Spurs eventually ran out comfortable 3-1 winners with two from Clemence and an Iversen strike, but we did not have it our own way for all of the game and Leicester took the lead early in the second half.
"It was a little bit through perseverance and keeping going," added Colin. "Although we weren't great in the first half, we sort of built ourselves into the game and, once we scored, you could see the enthusiasm level go up two or three notches.
"Before that, some good goalkeeping and a couple of good blocks denied us a goal early in the game. If we'd have got a goal earlier I think we would have gone about it in a real good fashion. It happened in the last 20-odd minutes of the second half for us.
"They were definitely up for the game. Although it was awkward on occasions, we didn't do ourselves proud in the way we went about in the first half.
"To give them a bit of credit though, they stuck at it and, once they got the goal to get themselves into the game, they went about it as if they were enjoying it."
Colin Calderwood did not have to think too long when asked if he had ever had the opportunity of fielding a reserve side with eight internationals in the starting line-up before.