The latest news from around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Jose Mourinho’s side prepare to face West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
Here’s all the news from around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over the past 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho has spoken about the potential role Gareth Bale can play against West Ham United on Sunday.
Bale, 31, returned to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid and has spent the international break training with his new team.
He has been recovering from a knee injury, and Mourinho was asked whether Bale will be available for selection on Sunday.
“The team is the most important thing, Gary….Gareth is here to help the team but at the same time we care about him, we care about the body,” he told Sky Sports News. “The decisions we are going to make will be for the good of the team but also for his own good.0:001:05
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“It is very, very important he has a happy season with us and I think at this moment in his career that is very, very important.”
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Christian Eriksen names the biggest difference at Inter Milan after leaving Tottenham
Christian Eriksen believes his limited game time with Inter Milan has been the biggest adjustment as he adapts to live away from Tottenham.
The Danish midfielder joined Spurs from Ajax in 2013 and became a fan favourite during his time in North London.
When Eriksen was sold to Inter earlier this year he was in the final months of his Spurs deal, and it was hailed as a good move for all parties.
Speaking after Denmark’s 1-0 win against England, during which Eriksen converted the winning penalty, he confirmed his lack of playing time at Inter is the biggest difference between his current and former club.
“I’m happy to come back every time because I play here and I’m happy. Of course, as everyone knows, many things have changed,” he explained.
“I don’t play as much as I did at Tottenham, but nothing has changed. I’m excited when I come to the national team, no matter which club I play in.”We’re testing a new site: This content is coming soon
Former Spurs goalkeeper defends Eric Dier
Paul Robinson has leapt to the defence of Eric Dier after the Tottenham defender was criticised by Gary Neville.
Neville was speaking on Sky Sports in the wake of England’s 2-1 win against Belgium in the UEFA Nations League when he said that Dier needed to ‘drop’ his ego.
The Tottenham defender conceded the penalty for Belgium’s opener after fouling former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
“I think once Lukaku drives in there, Eric Dier has just got to back off him and pull away,” Neville said. “Compose yourself. Don’t make the challenge and certainly don’t go to ground. Drop your ego and maybe even let him have a shot with his right foot.”
Those accusations were rejected by former Spurs goalkeeper Robinson, however, as he pointed towards the player’s up and down form.
“Is it ego? I am not so sure that challenge was to do with ego,” he told Football Insider. “His form has been inconsistent. It has been up and down, and he has been criticised at times. I was surprised at his selection as a centre-half for England, and then, of course, he gave away the penalty.
“Dier has been indifferent for Spurs and they have looked to sign a defender this summer. Jose seems to like him but another signing would suggest that he will not always be a regular starter. He plays him when he can.”