Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs Play Big Part During International Break

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent ISeptember 12, 2012

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States celebrates his goal during the United States and Jamaica World Cup Qualifier at National Stadium on September 7, 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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With a week off of Premier League action, Tottenham sent their players off for the international break. The result was a group of fantastic performances by Spurs players.

Just how good did these squad members perform for their home nations? And could this translate into some much needed good form at the club level?

Let's break down the performances individually.


Clint Dempsey

Dempsey played every minute in the USA's two qualifying matches against Jamaica, a huge step toward the match-fitness the newest Spur will need in the upcoming haul.

His goal in the first minute in Kingston was a great indication of what Dempsey can bring to Tottenham, but his play in helping the USA dominate the midfield in Columbus was even more impressive.

Let's hope Dempsey can keep this play up at the Lane.


Jan Vertonghen

The new centre-defender played all of both qualifiers for Belgium, providing stalwart defending to a side that let up just one goal in 180 minutes of play.

To make his play even better, Vertonghen scored the second goal in Belgium's 2-0 goal in Cardiff, just his fourth goal on international duty.

Can he bring this goalscoring back to London with him?


Gareth Bale

This week was not very kind to Wales. The Welshmen lost 2-0 at home to Belgium and then followed it up with a 6-1 defeat in Serbia.

However, there was one bright light in those two losses: Gareth Bale's free kick.

The left-footed strike was beautiful to behold and would have left any keeper watching the net bulge.


Jermain Defoe

Defoe's play with England this week was probably some of the best he has had on the international level.

Jermain scored one of England's five against Moldova and put another one in the back of the net against the Ukraine. Now, the one against the Ukraine may not have counted, but any England fan can tell you that it should have.

More goals could be on the horizon.


Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi felt right at home in Reykjavik.

The midfielder was a key reason his side picked up a key victory in World Cup qualifying, as his incisive passing gave his side some incredible chances and set up their second goal.

Sigurdsson has yet to seem perfectly adjusted to life at the Lane. Let's hope he returns revitalized from this trip home.


Hugo Lloris

Two World Cup qualifiers, two captaincies, two victories, one clean sheet, one goal conceded. Not so bad for a backup keeper.

When you consider that the goal he conceded was off the rebound of a penalty that he saved, you see the case Lloris made for his place as the No. 1 at the Lane.

Let's see how long AVB holds off on the French captain.



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