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Below-strength Spurs set for ICC soccer

  • Below-strength Spurs set for ICC soccer

    Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (L) chases the ball with Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic (R) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The star-starved International Champions Cup has been dealt a further blow with Tottenham Hotspur leaving 10 senior players out of their travelling party.

Harry Kane and fellow England internationals Delle Alli, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier won't make their way to Melbourne.

Neither will France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Belgian trio Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderwiereld and Moussa Dembele, or Welsh full-back Ben Davies.

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Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino has followed in the footsteps of ICC opponent Juventus, who left 13 internationals out of their squad.

It remains to be seen whether Spanish club Atletico Madrid will do the same.

With A-League side Melbourne Victory, the four clubs will play four matches over the next week in Melbourne and Geelong, with little interest from local fans.

Saturday night's opener between Melbourne Victory and Juventus received few walk-up sales due to cold weather, resulting in a paltry crowd.

The meeting of Juventus and Spurs on Tuesday night, between two reserve-grade teams, could result in even fewer attending.

Despite the absences of the two clubs' most-senior players, there's still plenty of quality on show.

Internationals Erik Lamela, Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen are a formidable attacking trio, worthy of any English Premier League side.

Son is a familiar face for Australian fans, having starred for South Korea in last year's Asian Cup.


Luke Amos, Dominic Ball, Tom Carroll, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Nacer Chadli, Marcus Edwards, Christian Eriksen, Tom Glover, Shayon Harrison, Vincent Janssen, Erik Lamela Ryan Mason, Luke McGee, Will Miller, Josh Onomah, Heung-Min Son, Kieran Trippier, Michel Vorm, Kyle Walker-Peters, Anton Walkes, Victor Wanyama, Kevin Wimmer, Harry Winks, DeAndre Yedlin.

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