With five matches to play, Tottenham Hotspur is one point behind Manchester City in an exciting race for the last Champions League qualifying place.
Despite last weekend's disappointing F.A. Cup semifinal defeat at Wembley to Portsmouth, Tottenham fans have seen plenty of encouraging signs this season that show manager Harry Redknapp has the team moving in the right direction.
The defense has performed with much greater resilience; only two clubs have conceded fewer goals in the league. More players are contributing goals; NINETEEN players have scored in the league this season.
The team has traveled much better this season than in previous years, having secured a respectable 23 points from 16 matches. Disappointing home matches against Hull, Wolves and Stoke have been compensated for by impressive victories at Stoke, Burnley, and Blackburn.
Much of this improvement can be attributed to the stability which Redknapp and his coaching staff has brought to the club—the manager has shown commendable faith in previous outcasts such as Gareth Bale, David Bentley and Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Another reason for Tottenham's success has been the improvement of their English players.
In this slideshow, I will select six of these players, comment on their performances and rate their chances of going to South Africa with England.