Amongst the talking points in this recent set of international friendlies was how many Tottenham Hotspur players started for England.
In the Three Lions’ 3-2 win over world champions Germany, Spurs were represented by four players in the starting lineup, while Kyle Walker’s start in the 2-1 loss to the Netherlands brought the total for the set of fixtures up to five.
Many pundits believe that having the core of the team made up from players from the same club will be beneficial for Roy Hodgson.
This may prove to be the case, but another nation looks set to benefit more from what is going on at White Hart Lane.
Belgium called up two Tottenham players for their friendly with Portgual and the number would have been more if it weren’t for the injuries of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
The Red Devils are currently the best team in the world in the FIFA rankings and are priced at 11/1 to win Euro 2016 and an injury is going to strengthen their chances of doing so.
It’s still uncertain whether Vincent Kompany will be fit enough to play in France and his role may be limited meaning Vertonghen and Alderweireld would be the most likely defensive pairing for Marc Wilmots to call on.
The Tottenham pair have formed a solid partnership at the back, reflected in the fact that no team in the Premier League has let in fewer goals than Spurs and this is a luxury that gives Belgium a huge advantage going in to Euro 2016.
For Spurs, either the Belgians or England lifting the trophy would be a big achievement, given how poorly representatives of the north Londoners have fared previously.