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Spurs and England at the World Cup

Posted on 16 May 2018  - 17:00

Today's announcement has seen us equal a Club best of five players in an England World Cup squad.

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Congratulations to Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier, who will represent the Three Lions in Russia next month.

Their selection matches our contingent in England's squad for the 2010 World Cup, when Peter Crouch, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe, Ledley King and Aaron Lennon travelled with Fabio Capello to South Africa.

We had four players in the first England squad to travel to the tournament in 1950 – Eddie Baily, Ted Ditchburn, Bill Nicholson and Alf Ramsey, all members of our 'push and run' team that would clinch the First Division title the next season. Alf played all three matches and Eddie made his England debut in the third. Bill and Ted did not feature. Sir Alf went on to manage England to their World Cup triumph in 1966 while Bill, 'Mr Tottenham', led us to the glory, glory years of the early 1960s and early 1970s, assisted by Eddie.

Jimmy Greaves and Maurice Norman played all four games as England went out in the quarter-finals to Brazil in 1962 while Greavsie was famously injured during the group stages of 1966 and couldn't regain his place in the team as England lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley in 1966.

Alan Mullery and Martin Peters played all the games as England went out in the quarter-finals to West Germany in 1970 – Alan scored in the quarter-final – and Glenn Hoddle played in his first World Cup in Spain in 1982.

Glenn returned with Chris Waddle and Gary Stevens as England reached the quarter-finals again in 1986 – beaten by Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal in Mexico – while Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne starred in England's run to the semi-finals in Italy in 1990,  the tournament that lifted Gazza onto the world stage.

Darren Anderton scored against Colombia in the group stage in France in 1998 – England then managed by Glenn Hoddle – and Jermain Defoe scored in the 2010 finals in South Africa, the last Spur to score for England in the World Cup finals.

SPURS PLAYERS IN ENGLAND WORLD CUP SQUADS*

1950 – Eddie Baily, Ted Ditchburn, Bill Nicholson, Alf Ramsey
1954 – None in squad
1958 – Maurice Norman, Bobby Smith
1962 – Jimmy Greaves, Maurice Norman
1966 – Jimmy Greaves
1970 – Alan Mullery, Martin Peters
1982 – Ray Clemence, Glenn Hoddle
1986 – Glenn Hoddle, Gary Stevens, Chris Waddle
1990 – Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker
1998 – Darren Anderton, Sol Campbell, Les Ferdinand
2002 – Teddy Sheringham
2006 – Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon, Paul Robinson
2010 – Peter Crouch, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe, Ledley King, Aaron Lennon
2014 – None in squad
2018 - Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier

*England first played in the World Cup in 1950 and failed to qualify in 1974, 1978 and 1994.