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‘Strong and rugged’, ‘impressive’: Spurs defender shines yet again for country despite little club game time

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‘Strong and rugged’, ‘impressive’: Spurs defender shines yet again for country despite little club game time

Tottenham Hotspur defender Joe Rodon has had an impressive international break, with his performances hopefully giving Spurs boss Jose Mourinho food for thought as club football resumes.

Against the United States, the Wales centre-back came on as a substitute and helped keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.

Rodon then played the full 90 minutes against the Republic of Ireland and was instrumental in securing a second successive shutout as the Dragons ran out 1-0 winners.

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While the Tottenham newcomer may have not been able to make it a hat-trick of clean sheets against Finland, he nonetheless helped Wales to a 3-1 victory with yet another strong display.

“Slick and calm on the ball and strong and rugged in defence,” wrote Wales Online, who gave him 7 out of 10.


“A little blot on his card after Pukki get away from him for the goal, but on the whole impressive. Handed the captain’s armband after Bale’s departure.”

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With the international break now over for the year, Rodon will return to Spurs looking to continue working hard towards a first-team place.

To date, the 23-year-old has made just one appearance for Jose Mourinho’s side, a late cameo to help run the clock down against Burnley, and has made the bench twice more.

However, given how impressive he has been for Wales, combined with Davinson Sanchez’s downturn in form, Mourinho should hopefully start giving him more game time in the coming weeks.

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