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Mauricio Pochettino has nurtured nine of England's last 16 debutants... he has lived up to his reputation of investing in youth at both Southampton and Tottenham
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A bitter rivalry has always existed between England and Argentina in modern history, yet it was one of their own who, since his arrival on these shores, is vastly helping to populate Roy Hodgson’s team.
Dele Alli became the ninth player who has worked closely with Mauricio Pochettino to step out on to the pitch for the national team and the 43-year-old has been working in England for less than three years.
A flurry of Southampton players, most now departed, received call-ups by Hodgson either while Pochettino was at the helm or shortly after he left for Tottenham, where another three have gone on to make their England debuts under him.
In fact, nine of the last 16 newly-capped England players - more than half - have been nurtured by the Tottenham manager, who arrived in the Premier League from Espanyol with a reputation for investing in youth which he has wholly lived up to.
Alli's performances for Tottenham during the early part of this season merited an England call-up
Alli became the ninth player to play for England under Mauricio Pochettino's watch as a Premier League boss
Rickie Lambert - England debut: August 2013
Eight months after Pochettino took over at Southampton, Lambert was called up by Hodgson for the first time at the grand old age of 31, on the back of 15 goals in Southampton’s first season back in the top flight. Six days later, he scored the winner against Scotland with the first touch - a header - of his England debut, two minutes and 43 seconds after coming on for Wayne Rooney. He went on to make the World Cup squad a year later.
Rickie Lambert earned his first England call-up at the age of 31 after impressing in attack for Southampton
Adam Lallana - England debut: November 2013
Lallana was invited to the join up with England squad on November 7, 2013, when an unprecedented trio of Southampton players went together. Lallana started the friendly versus Chile, where he was widely praised for his performance despite England’s 2-0 defeat. A year later, like Lambert, he had done enough to make the World Cup squad.
Alongside Lambert, club team-mate Adam Lallana joined him in the England squad in November 2013
Jay Rodriguez - England debut: November 2013
The striker has credited Pochettino for the advancement of his game and was the third of that south coast three to be called upon by Hodgson. He, too, started the match against Chile. His performances for the remainder of that season put him on the verge of a place in the squad for Brazil, but a horror injury against Manchester City meant he missed out and is still on his way back to top form.
Lambert and Lallana were joined by Jay Rodriguez in the England squad almost two years ago
Luke Shaw - England debut: February 2014
The ability of the full back was never in question, but coaches at Southampton feared Shaw’s timidity might hold him back. However, he grew into the first team when handed the chance by Nigel Adkins and Pochettino continued to entrust him at left back when he took over. A year after Pochettino joined, Shaw made his debut for England as a half-time substitute, coming on for Ashley Cole, in a friendly against Denmark. In May that year, he was named in Hodgson’s World Cup squad as back-up to Leighton Baines and became the youngest player to feature in that tournament.
Exciting left back Luke Shaw (left) blossomed under Pochettino during their time together at Southampton
Calum Chambers - England debut: August 2014
Made his England debut just three months after Pochettino left Southampton for Tottenham and he had departed for Arsenal, but the Argentine gave Chambers his Premier League debut the previous season and made him his regular right-back. Chambers played for the last nine minutes in a friendly against Norway then made his full debut in the Euro 2016 qualifier versus San Marino.
As too did Calum Chambers (left) who made his England debut three months after joining Arsenal last year
Nathaniel Clyne - England debut: November 2014
Three months on from Chambers earning a place in the England team, Clyne then followed. He was an unused substitute in matches against San Marino and Estonia, but made his debut on November 15 in a qualifier at Wembley against Slovenia.
Nathaniel Clyne (left) made his international debut in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia last year
Harry Kane - England debut: March 2015
Pochettino continued in the same vein as he had done at Southampton when he moved to Tottenham in May 2014. He handed Kane - very much in Pochettino’s mould, a local lad who had come through their youth team - a run in the first-team. By the time Kane had 29 goals in all competitions, Hodgson came calling and the striker scored 79 seconds into his debut, after coming on for Rooney in the 70th minute against Lithuania.
Harry Kane made his England debut last season after enjoying a stellar breakthrough season at Tottenham
Ryan Mason - England debut: March 2015
Lallana withdrew due to injury from that same squad that Kane was in so Mason, another young youth product to be handed the chance at Tottenham by Pochettino, followed his club team-mate to join up with the national side. Mason did not play in the match against Lithuania, but came on for the last 15 minutes of the friendly versus Italy and set up Andros Townsend for England’s late equaliser.
Like Kane, Ryan Mason (left) earned his call-up for England in March this year after shining under Pochettino
Dele Alli - England debut: October 2015
The 19-year-old became the ninth player to go on to represent England after working with Pochettino, who signed him from MK Dons in January. Alli has played only a handful of games for Spurs this season, but Hodgson was so impressed he gave him a surprise place in his squad for England’s final two Euro 2016 qualifiers - the side already having secured a place in the finals - and brought him on in the final 10 minutes against Estonia.
Alli (left) takes a shot during Tottenham's Europa League draw at Monaco earlier this month