Christian Atsu and Javier Manquillo impress Newcastle United fans despite Tottenham loss

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Pre Season Friendly match beween Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring

However, he has been given the nod to start against his former club, on the right-hand side of a midfield triumvirate alongside Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.

It will be a pleasing result for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has fielded hard questions following Tottenham's absence of movement in the transfer market and the explosive comments from Danny Rose in which the left-back hit out at the way the club has been operating.

Rafa Benitez brought on Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba as replacements for the two defenders.

Harry Kane's tackle on Lejuene forced Benitez to take off the Frenchman.

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Eriksen worked Rob Elliot four minutes before half-time with a dipping, 25-yard drive the goalkeeper saw all the way and was able to hold.

Alli kicked the ball away as the Newcastle midfielder bent down to collect it. Shelvey then thread on Alli's ankle, the referee spotted it and sent him off.

Tottenham team to play Newcastle United: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Ali, Kane.

Spurs' England worldwide dusted himself off to open the scoring in the 61st minute before Ben Davies doubled the Londoners' lead nine minutes later.

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Newcastle's cause wasn't helped by losing defenders Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune - the 200th French player to feature in a Premier League game - to injury in the first half. More of that and goals are guaranteed.

His options have improved, though, with young right back Kyle Walker-Peters impressing on his first league start and South Korea forward Heung-min Son making a return to action after sustaining a broken arm in preseason. He was also red carded in a Championship match at Nottingham Forest in December 2016.

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