Friday, 25 May 2012

Who's going to Euro 2012?

With Euro 2012 now just two weeks away, the club will have bid farewell to a number of our stars as they head off to their respective training camps. Let's have a look at who we can expect to see from our squad and who may make a significant impact on the tournament.

England's midfield general will of course be our very own Scotty Parker barring another Roy surprise. At 32, Scott has had to work hard to get his chance, despite the constant failures of the Gerrard/Lampard partnership, but Capello's call last year has inspired Parker to make one of the central midfield positions his own. One of the first names on he team sheet expect him to play every game England are involved in as long as injury doesn't ruin his tournament.

The other Spurs player to feature in Roy's England squad is Jermain Defoe, although even his staunchest supporters will struggle to envisage him getting the opportunities to make an impact. 15 goals in 47 caps is a fairly good record, especially when you consider the majority of the appearancesOu would have been substitute appearances. His reputation as a super-sub may offer him up a cameo here and there but don't expect to see too much of Jermain this summer.

Netherlands have included Van Der Vaart in their 27-man Provisional squad and he will no doubt make the cut. As the Netherland's most experienced international players, with many caps coming under current boss Van Marwijk, there is no doubt he will definitely feature this summer. However with Wesley Sneijder holding down the Attacking midfield position and Van Marjwik favouring Van Bommel as one of his central midfielders, Van Der Vaart will have to battle with Nigel De Jong and young gun Kevin Strootman to get the call for the final midfield spot.

Our Croatian trio have all been named in the Croatian squad for Euro 2012 but the country's hopes will heavily lie on the shoulder of Luka Modric in particular. In Modric, Croatia have a genuine world class player and someone who will keep the ball going forward with flair and creativity. He is without doubt the key to their chances and if he has a good tournament, Croatia could definitely cause a problem in their toy group.

Niko Kranjcar has struggled for games this year under Harry Redknapp but he still remains a key member of Slaven Bilic's team. His ability to pop up with key goals is something that has proven to be a regular occurrence and no doubt playing alongside Modric at club level will provide a deep understanding that Croatia would be mad not to utilise. Like Modric expect to see him feature heavily. Vedran Corluka's spell at Bayer Leverkusen last season seems to have helped him regain some form, but he would've been Croatia's right back anyway due to the little competition for the position. With 53 caps under his belt at the age of 26 he will provide lots of experience something that may be needed when facing the likes of Spain and Italy. With both set to leave Spurs this summer, this could be a great opportunity to add a few million onto their price tags.

Unfortunately for Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker injury has cost them their tournament places, just when both were beginning to establish themselves as first choice in their respective positions. As long as we don't see further injuries to our players involved this summer, the summer looks set to keep us Spurs fans interested, no matter who you support.

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