It’s well known that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has provided more England debutants than any other Premier League boss in recent seasons – but numbers two and three on the list may come as a surprise.
England’s captain and match-winner, as well as the Three Lions’ latest debutant, both had the same man in mind to thank for their latest success over the weekend. And they are certainly not alone.
“All his debutants show Mauricio’s one of the best managers in the world, if not the best,” said Harry Kane.
“He brings players through, gives them chances on the big stage and they deliver for him. We can’t thank him enough for that. He deserves all the credit.”
Harry Winks echoed his skipper’s sentiment: “Mauricio is a fantastic manager and he has a lot of belief in us. Not only does he give us the opportunity, but he gives us advice when we need it. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me.”
Kane and Winks are just a couple in a group of a dozen players who made their senior England debuts while under the guidance of Pochettino at club level.
Incredibly, during his reigns at Tottenham and previously Southampton, the Argentine has brought through 29 per cent of England’s debutants in the last five years.
In addition to that dozen, another three – James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers and Nathaniel Clyne – also owe a huge debt of gratitude to their former manager for the influence he had before they parted at club level.
Since 2012, Pochettino has seen eight more of his players win their first England cap than any other manager.
Brendan Rodgers’ time in charge of Liverpool spawned four debutants, while Andre-Villas-Boas, for all his faults, watched three of his Spurs players earn Three Lions recognition – the same number as Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho combined.
12 – Mauricio Pochettino
4 – Brendan Rodgers
3 – Andre Villas-Boas
2 – Arsene Wenger, Roberto Martinez, Sean Dyche, Claude Puel
1 – Lee Clark, Sir Alex Ferguson, Chris Hughton, David Moyes, Tony Pulis, Ian Holloway, Paul Lambert, Ronald Koeman, Nigel Pearson, Claudio Ranieri, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Slaven Bilic, Craig Shakespeare
10 – Tottenham
8 – Southampton
4 – Liverpool
3 – Manchester United, Everton, Leicester
2 – Arsenal, Burnley
1 – Chelsea, Birmingham, Norwich, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, West Ham
Ryan Bertrand – Roberto Di Matteo
Jack Butland – Lee Clark
Tom Cleverley – Sir Alex Ferguson
Jake Livermore – Andre Villas Boas
John Ruddy – Chris Hughton
Jonjo Shelvey – Brendan Rodgers
Steven Caulker – Andre Vilas-Boas
Carl Jenkinson – Arsene Wenger
Leon Osman – David Moyes
Ryan Shawcross – Tony Pulis
Raheem Sterling – Brendan Rodgers
Wilfried Zaha – Ian Holloway
Rickie Lambert – Mauricio Pochettino
Ross Barkley – Roberto Martinez
Andros Townsend – Andre Villas-Boas
Fraser Forster – Mauricio Pochettino
Adam Lallana – Mauricio Pochettino
Jay Rodriguez – Mauricio Pochettino
Luke Shaw – Mauricio Pochettino
John Stones – Roberto Martinez
Jon Flanagan – Brendan Rodgers
Calum Chambers – Arsene Wenger
Fabian Delph – Paul Lambert
Nathaniel Clyne – Ronald Koeman
Harry Kane – Mauricio Pochettino
Ryan Mason – Mauricio Pochettino
Jamie Vardy – Nigel Pearson
Dele Alli – Mauricio Pochettino
Danny Ings – Brendan Rodgers
Eric Dier – Mauricio Pochettino
Danny Rose – Mauricio Pochettino
Danny Drinkwater – Claudio Ranieri
Tom Heaton – Sean Dyche
Marcus Rashford – Louis van Gaal
Jesse Lingard – Jose Mourinho
Aaron Cresswell – Slaven Bilic
Michael Keane – Sean Dyche
Nathan Redmond – Claude Puel
James Ward-Prowse – Claude Puel
Kieran Trippier – Mauricio Pochettino
Harry Maguire – Craig Shakespeare
Harry Winks – Mauricio Pochettino
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