Tottenham’s England players will come back stronger next season despite the criticism they received over the summer, says Ledley King.
England were lambasted for their poor Euro 2016 efforts, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose all on the field for the embarrassing defeat to Iceland.
Mauricio Pochettino’s first job will be to revive his players’ spirits, as Spurs bid to balance a renewed title challenge with the added test of Champions League football and former skipper King thinks he will be able to do just that.
“You expect criticism as a top player and even more so as a young player as well,” King said.
“When you’re young you’re going to have games and spells where you’re not scoring or playing so well. When you’re young people question your ability more.
“The whole squad received criticism and that’s what you expect, especially when you play for England. The players are used to that.
“I don’t think they listen to it too much. It’s all about how they feel themselves. When you do receive criticism, it motivates you to come back stronger.”