Two more injuries hit troubled Tottenham as star earns shock recall to England squad after seven-year hiatus
Injuries to Ben Davies and Richarlison have added to the mounting problems at Tottenham after boss Antonio Conte launched a furious tirade against his own players following the dramatic 3-3 draw against Southampton.
Spurs could have moved above Manchester United into third in the Premier League with victory at St Mary’s. However, they conceded twice in the final 13 minutes to lose ground in the race for Champions League qualification.
Newcastle are two points behind fourth-placed Spurs and while the gap to Liverpool, Brighton and Brentford stands at seven points, all four clubs have games in hand moving into April.
Spurs were already without captain Hugo Lloris (knee), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring), Rodrigo Bentancur (knee) and Yves Bissouma (ankle) for the south-coast clash and saw Richarlison and Davies both forced off during the first half with muscle issues.
The duo are unlikely to link up with Brazil and Wales respectively for international duty next week. But the immediate concern for Tottenham will be to restore a potentially fractured relationship between Conte and a squad described as “selfish players” in an extraordinary 10-minute rant.
Forster back in England mix
Meanwhile, one player who will be back on international duty after a six-year absence is Fraser Forster.
The Spurs stopper will replace Newcastle star Nick Pope in the squad alongside Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale.
Pope has been struggling with a minor knock over the last week and did not want to take the risk of joining up with his country.
Forster won the last of his six England caps seven years ago and was part of Roy Hodgson’s squads for World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016.
The 35-year-old has kept five clean sheets in 12 matches so far for Spurs. However, he has played his part in exits from the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season.
Forster will join fellow Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Eric Dier in the squad for Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine.
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