Harry Kane might have taken all the headlines with his debut goal for England but another Spurs player also shone while on international duty.
Tom Carroll scored the winning goal for the England U21 side against the Czech Republic. Carroll captained the side and looks set to feature this summer at the U21 European Championships, where he could play alongside Kane, who is expected to drop back down to the junior side to gain some tournament experience.
On-loan at Swansea this season, Carroll has impressed the management of the Welsh club even if he has only played sporadically. They’d surely be keen to sign him to a permanent deal, leaving Tottenham with a decision to make on the diminutive playmaker.
Ryan Mason has established himself as a first-team player this season, after Nabil Bentaleb did likewise last term. Can Carroll do likewise in 2015-16?
Our opinion is that he should be given a shot. Still only 22, the rapid progress made by Spurs’ batch of homegrown youngsters demonstrates the rewards of showing patience with academy products.
What’s more, it looks likely that a number of midfielders will leave the club this summer, leaving a gap in the squad for Carroll to fill. The likes of Etienne Capoue and Paulinho will surely leave, while it would be no surprise if one of Mousa Dembele or Benjamin Stambouli were shipped out.
It will surely be less disruptive to restrict purchases to three or four in the close-season, allowing the likes of Carroll and other on-loan talents such as Alex Pritchard a chance to stake their claim in the squad. Here’s highlights of England’s victory, featuring Carroll’s winner.