Anyone hoping to see Tottenham stars on England duty in this quiet international week will have been dealt a blow with the news that Eric Dier and Andros Townsend have pulled out of the Under 21’s and the full squad respectively.

Dier’s decision to stay at his club is a controversial one and it has led to accusations that he has turned on his country of birth, having spent the last few years living and playing in Portugal.

The player has denied those claims on Tottenham’s official website and has gone on to state,

“Obviously, I have just moved clubs and even though I represent England I have not lived here since I was really young so I am still adapting to my new environment.

“I just felt that this two-week period gives me the opportunity to work on parts of my game that I have had problems with over the past two months, personal elements I need to work on both physically and on the football pitch that I think will make me a better player for both club and country in the long-term.”

Meanwhile, Townsend’s withdrawal is more straightforward as he comes back to Spurs after reporting to the England camp with an ankle injury. As yet, there seems to be no news on its progress and whether the winger will be fit for Spurs’ next competitive match against Hull City on the 23rd of November.

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