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20-year-old Armando Shashoua scored a wonderful first-half opener, but Tottenham’s Under-23s were beaten in their EFL Trophy opener against League One leaders Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Tuesday evening.

Spurs, who have made an excellent start to their league campaign – which has included a 3-1 victory over Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month – fielded a strong team in Suffolk, starting the likes of Alfie Whiteman, Harvey White and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, who all travelled to Singapore and China for the senior sides pre-season tour of the Far East as part of their preparations for the start of the new Premier League campaign in July.

But none of those could inspire Tottenham to a winning start in their Group A game against the Tractor Boys as they went down 2-1 thanks to a brace from Jordan Roberts after Shashoua had finished off a fine move to give Wayne Burnett’s side a half-time lead in front of a healthy crowd in East Anglia.

Among the 5,377 in attendance was famous English singer Ed Sheeran, who supporters Ipswich and is a regular at Portman Road.

The Under-23s are not in action until they host Southampton at Hotspur Way next Friday before travelling to League Two side Colchester United in their next EFL Trophy contest in early October.

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