Tottenham were the Premier League’s second-most represented team at Euro 2016 this summer, with no less than 11 individuals representing their country at the highly anticipated tournament. With familiar faces playing for England, France, Belgium, Wales and Austria, supporters of the Lilywhites were given a number of reasons to keep track of goings-on in France.
The England lads – Kyle Walker aside – will ultimately be disappointed with their efforts. While they were not solely to blame for the Three Lions early exit to Iceland, they certainly did not do enough to ensure progression for Roy Hodgson’s side, which ended in their eventual downfall. Walker emerged as his side’s key player for much of his involvement, and his prestige among Premier League fans will have increased as a direct consequence.
Kane was perhaps the most disappointing of the England five, having failed to hit the back of the net in any of his – appearances. His performances were closely followed by Dele Alli, who did little in the way of showing the European audience just how talented he really is. Meanwhile, Eric Dier and Danny Rose but in decent shifts, but any positives will over overlooked following the entire squad’s miserable showing against Iceland.
For Belgium, Spurs team-mates Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen continued their fine club form, finishing the tournament with three clean sheets from a possible five. Although they weren’t positioned as centre-back partners as Spurs fans are typical used to seeing them, with Vertonghen instead at left-back. Meanwhile, Moussa Dembele will have been disappointed to have picked up an injury early into the competition.
With France, Hugo Lloris came agonisingly close to winning the entire competition in his home nation. However, the Spurs shot-stopper was helpless to prevent Portugal from scoring a late winner in extra-time of the final in Paris. In seven appearances, the Frenchman kept three clean sheets, while averaging 1.80 saves per goal.
Ben Davies will have boosted his chances of rivalling Danny Rose for a starting role at left-back with an excellent string of performances for Wales, as Chris Coleman’s side reached the semi-final stage of the tournament. He played in every fixture, with the exception of the semi-final clash with Portugal, for which he as suspended, averaging ten defensive actions per appearance.
Finally, Kevin Wimmer made a single substitute appearance for Austria, coming on for just seven minutes in a goalless draw against finalists Portugal. The 23-year-old will be disappointed not to have featured more regularly in an Austrian side that struggled throughout the group stage, and ultimately fell to an early, and somewhat unexpected, elimination.
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