‘5/10’, ‘Sluggish’: Out of favour Tottenham Hotspur man did himself no favours on international duty yesterday
Plenty of Tottenham Hotspur’s stars travelled across the globe for the final international break before the World Cup.
It was a chance for players to impress both their international coaches and Antonio Conte.
The Italian manager will be hoping his squad come back with a clean bill of health more than anything.
Defender Eric Dier was one of a few bright sparks in a disappointing England performance on Friday.
Son Heung-min scored a wonderful free kick for South Korea, picking up where he left off after his hat-trick against Leicester.
It wasn’t all good news for Tottenham players though, with Matt Doherty struggling for Ireland.
The right wing-back started in Ireland’s 2-1 defeat by Scotland last night.
Sheffield United defender John Egan put Ireland ahead, before two second-half Scotland goals decided the match.
Doherty struggled for Ireland
The 30-year-old defender played 76 minutes for Ireland in their penultimate Nations League match.
However, he didn’t cover himself in glory for Scotland’s first goal and was partly to blame for the equaliser.
Doherty received five out of 10 ratings across the board from the media.
Independent.ie said: “Couple of early mistakes as he settled into starting a match.
“The Spurs man got going soon after and was a threat for Ireland, but he won’t look kindly on his part in the Scots’ first goal.”
The Irish Times added: “Sluggish and looked short of fitness given his lack of game time for Tottenham.
“Poor for the Hendry goal, a half-hearted attempt to stop Christie.”
Finally, RTE wrote: “Looked really assured and positive in the opening half, offering Ireland a constant outlet down that right side.
“But the Spurs man had a dreadful start to the second, putting in a feeble attempt to stop the cross which gave Scotland a leveller.”
Conte’s right-back conundrum
There were some positives for Doherty who looked a threat going forward.
It’s no surprise that he wasn’t at his best given it was his first start to the season.
However, the Irishman would have been hoping to put in a performance that grabbed Conte’s attention.
It’s a decision that doesn’t look good for Doherty, however Conte has suggested he may be involved for Tottenham soon.
However, Doherty’s struggles for Ireland last night won’t have done him many favours.
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