Adams during a Premier League match between Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers Image: AFP
Barely a week before England begin their World Cup campaign, former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has said something that may rub Tottenham Hotspur fans the wrong way.
Adams, who is also a former England captain, said he is worried about the frame of mind of the Tottenham players, as he feels they don't know how to win and lack the psychology that makes all the difference in winning a match.
"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,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun.
A quarter of the 23-man England squad comprises Tottenham players. They are Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Eric Dier.
Arsenal and Tottenham – both teams from North London – are two of the fiercest rivals in club football. They have faced each other 195 times, out of which Arsenal have won 81 and the Spurs 63 games.
England start their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18, before facing Panama and Belgium in other Group G matches.