Tony Adams has admitted in a recent interview that he is worried about the English squad’s reliance on Tottenham players given the lack of trophies they have won in recent years.
With the World Cup now just around the corner, the anticipation and excitement for this year’s tournament is truly hitting a high point and with that, the anxiety within the fanbases of some of the bookies’ favourites is really hitting a new level.
England’s supporters genuinely feel as though the pieces are coming together nicely for them this time around. With a solid injection of new talent since their last World Cup campaign, many are pointing to the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli as spearheads for what could well be a solid push towards bringing home the most coveted trophy in the game.
Arsenal legend Tony Adams, however, spoke to The Sun in a recent interview and admitted that the presence of so many key players from Tottenham Hotspur may well have a more negative effect on the squad’s psyche when it comes down to the wire.
“You must be able to handle winning emotionally and mentally and if they don’t know how to win it, they aren’t going to win it.
“Teams who win World Cups usually have a real anchor, such as Sergio Ramos or Fabio Cannavaro. England haven’t got that rock. And we’re going into tournament without a Buffon, a champion goalkeeper and that’s let us down before.
“Great keepers and centre-backs were what the English were brought up on. I’d have liked it if Gareth had more experience among his coaching staff too.
“I’m really worried about these Tottenham players, I don’t think they know how to win. 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.”
It’s a concern from way out of the left-field from the former-Arsenal star but I suppose with the competition looming, only time will tell exactly how well the English will perform under the bright lights in Russia.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena