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English call-ups won't panic Spurs supremo Mauricio Pochettino

By Staff Reporter

Published 17/03/2016

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino believes Roy Hodgson could name up to eight Tottenham players in the next England squad but insists the national side will not damage his team's title charge.

Hodgson will pick his squad for upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland today, and Spurs are set to have the largest contingent of any club in the Premier League.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier are all likely to be called up while Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, Kieran Trippier and Tom Carroll have also featured heavily for Spurs in recent weeks.

Tottenham will have to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Borussia Dortmund to progress in the Europa League tonight but the squad have endured a hectic season already, having come through 52 matches in all competitions.

The international break arrives at a crucial point in the campaign as Spurs sit second in the table with eight games to play, but Pochettino is not concerned.

"Maybe we have a big, big group called up - seven, six, eight maybe," the Argentinian said.

"We have contact with all the staff from the national teams and we always need advice and information but we'll never say 'you need to do this or that'.

"We have confidence and trust in the national team to care and look after our players."

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