Hard work – you get what you put it

At the halfway stage of this topsy-turvy Premier League season one of the themes to take away is that hard work is certainly paying off. This might seem pretty obvious and the least fans expect from players earning vast fortunes each week but the success or Leicester City and the struggles of Chelsea have bought effort, desire and commitment to the fore this season. Here are a few examples of players who’ve always put in 100% for their team.

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Mauricio Pochettino – Future England Manager?

The highlight of last November’s England international matches against Spain and France was the debuts of Eric Dier and Dele Alli. Despite a 2-0 defeat against the 2010 World Cup winners in Alicante both Tottenham Hotspur youngsters came off the bench to make win their first international caps. Four days later both made their first starts for the Three Lions in a sombre 2-0 win over France at Wembley. Alli capped his performance with a superbly taken goal past his Spurs teammate Hugo Lloris. The North London side were well represented with Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Ryan Mason also included in the England squad. With this young, vibrant Tottenham squad progressing well is it possible Mauricio Pochettino could be a candidate to succeed Roy Hodgson when the current incumbent moves on?

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