Tottenham Hotspur News: How Spurs Fared on International Break
In case you didn't notice, club football has been a bit lacking over the past week and a half. In fact, it's been virtually non-existent.
Instead, we have been treated to a plethora of international football, what with some huge World Cup qualifiers and the Africa Cup of Nations filling in the week.
However, this makes it almost impossible to follow all of the players from a certain club, as sides like Tottenham have players from all across the world.
So how did Spurs players do on international break? And can it be a sign of things to come?
Let's take a look.
Jermain Defoe, England
Defoe's hot form seemed to finally hit a bit of a road block with England.
After not appearing against San Marino, the striker put in a fairly pedestrian 67 minutes against Poland. On his final contribution of the match, he was wasteful with a clear chance at the back-post and was subsequently substituted for Danny Welbeck.
We can only hope this won't be a sign of things to come for Defoe.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Togo
Here's a good sign: Ade looks ready to return at his best.
The striker scored the decisive goal in Togo's 2-1 victory over Gabon to send the Togolese to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
An on-form Adebayor could be huge for Spurs.
Hugo Lloris, France
It looks like that one Premier League start did wonders for the French captain and goalkeeper.
Even though he was left helpless in conceding a goal in the first half hour against Spain, Lloris played an amazing match to allow his side to snatch a draw at the final whistle.
The clear highlight was his penalty save off of a ripping shot by Cesc Fabregas.
With Brad Friedel apparently coming back into Spurs side though, it's quite questionable as to how much of an impact this fine display will have.
Gareth Bale, Wales
If you're looking for the best performance by a Spur this international break, you probably need look no further than Gareth Bale's play against Scotland.
With his team trailing by a goal heading into the final ten minutes, Bale won a penalty, converted it and then scored a wonder-goal to completely turn the match on its head.
He may not have had enough in his bag of tricks to avoid defeat against a much more talented Croatian side, but Bale is certainly looking great at the moment.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Iceland
You want another match-winner? Here you go!
Iceland and Albania seemed destined for a draw in Tirana, with two early goals leaving the two teams level heading into the final ten minutes.
Instead, Gylfi Sigurdsson popped up in the 81st minute with his second goal for his country to break the tie.
Despite a loss to Switzerland on Tuesday, the win has put Iceland in strong contention for one of the top two spots almost half-way through.
Quite a big goal.
Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon, England
Both Walker and Lennon appeared in the match Friday with San Marino but missed out against Poland on Wednesday.
Walker started in the 5-0 win while Lennon was a 10th-minute substitute for Theo Walcott.
The highlight between the two was probably Lennon setting up the second England goal, while Walker was disappointing.
Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen, Belgium
Two matches, two starts a-piece for these two.
Vertonghen played every minute for Belgium as they defeated Serbia 3-0 and Scotland 2-0. Obviously, his defensive work wasn't too shabby.
Meanwhile, Dembele played the entire match against Serbia, but was substituted for Eden Hazard at half-time against Scotland after a scoreless first half.
Hey, when your national team has so many options that you are subbed for Hazard, there's not much shame to be had. Plus, it sounds like it was a bit of a tactical switch.
Clint Dempsey, USA
After a bit of an off-performance against Antigua and Barbuda, Dempsey came up trumps against Guatemala.
With the USA in need of a draw and trailing 1-0, Dempsey headed a corner straight to captain Carols Bocanegra to set up the equalizer. By the end of the half, Deuce had two goals of his own to send his team to a 3-1 victory.
You can't get much more of a big-match performance than that.
Oh, and there was also that whole awesome thing with the cut-out of his face.
So that's the gist of the Spurs' performances with their nations this past week.
A couple of braces and four decisive goals are quite good signs for the rest of Tottenham's season.
So what are your thoughts? Do you think there will be any carry-over in form from this international break? And what did you think of everyone's play this past week?
Let me know with a comment below.
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