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Tony Adams: 'Tottenham Hotspur players could cost England'

Adams: 'Spurs players could cost England'
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Tony Adams worries that the Tottenham Hotspur contingent in England's World Cup squad could let their side down due to a lack of winners' mentality.

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has admitted that he is worried about the lack of a winning mentality in the psyche of the Tottenham Hotspur players heading to the World Cup with England.

Nearly a quarter of the Three Lions' 23-man travelling party will be made up of Spurs stars - Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose.

Spurs have earned many plaudits in recent years, having finished in the Premier League's top four in the last three seasons, but they have now gone more than a decade since last picking up any silverware.

Adams, who skippered England on home soil at Euro '96, is concerned that the Tottenham contingent may let their teammates down.

"I'm really worried about these Tottenham players; I don't think they know how to win," he told The Sun. "They're very good players but at certain points in seasons and tournaments, you have to step up - there's a psyche players must have."

England face Tunisia in their opening World Cup fixture in eight days' time, before taking on Panama (June 24) and Belgium (June 28).


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2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
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11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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