Tottenham Fan: Spurs Players Shine While on International Duty

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Tottenham Hotspur won't again be in action as a team until next weekend. Multiple Spurs players did, however, manage to make headlines and highlight reels with their performances during World Cup qualifiers over the past couple of days. Here is a brief roundup in case you missed some or all of the action while preparing for the first full weekend of college and NFL football.

Tottenham Hotspur players on international duty: Clint Dempsey

Unless you headed out to a US Soccer bar on Friday night or you have either DirecTV or Dish Network service in your home, you probably didn't get a chance to see all of the Jamaica vs. United States 2014 World Cup qualifier. Clint Dempsey, who made a somewhat surprising move to Spurs on deadline day, got the Americans off to a hot start on Friday with a goal in the opening minute of the match. US forward Herculez Gomez held off a defender in the box before firing off two strikes that were saved by the Jamaican goalkeeper. The second rebound fell right at Dempsey's feet, and the new Tottenham man made no mistake in sending the ball into the back of the net, giving the US a 1-0 lead 35 seconds into the match. The Americans couldn't hold onto that advantage, however, and they lost the match 2-1.

Tottenham Hotspur players on international duty: Jermain Defoe

The often under-appreciated Defoe is having a rather solid end to the summer. He scored the match-winner for England in their contest against Italy last month, he buried Tottenham's first goal of the 2012-13 Premier League campaign, and he again found the back of the net on Friday in England's 5-0 romp over Moldova. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played Defoe into the center-right portion of the penalty area, and Defoe struck a low shot that bounced past the 'keeper to put England up 3-0 before the 32nd minute of play.

Tottenham Hotspur players on international duty: Jan Vertonghen

Gareth Bale, Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen all played in Friday's Wales vs. Belgium match, and it was Vertonghen who produced the most memorable goal scored by any Tottenham player during the September 7 World Cup qualifiers. Dries Mertens teed the ball up off of a free kick for Vertonghen, and the Spurs defender delivered a rocket shot that sailed into the top-left corner of the net roughly eight minutes from time. That goal put Belgium up 2-0, an advantage the visitors held onto until the final whistle.

Tottenham Hotspur players on international duty: Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sigurdsson didn't score during Friday's Iceland vs. Norway contest, but he was hardly a non-factor in that match. He nearly put Iceland up 2-0 in the 34th minute, when he struck a beautiful curling free kick that beat the goalkeeper but rattled off the right post. While that moment didn't go Sigurdsson's way, the play-maker helped put Norway away for good ten minutes before stoppage time. A turnover in the midfield resulted in Sigurdsson eventually sliding a through ball down-field for Alfred Finnbogason. The striker ran the ball down before depositing a cool finish into the lower left corner of the net, a goal that sealed Iceland's 2-0 victory.

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