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Benitez claims Kane tackle was worse than Shelvey red

13 August 2017, 07:06 | Joan Schultz

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring

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

His impending suspension and injuries to defenders Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune made it a bad afternoon for manager Rafael Benitez and watching owner Mike Ashley.

While Alli focused on the task at hand, the England midfielder was involved in the pivotal incident of the match when his ankle was stood on by Jonjo Shelvey three minutes into the second half. The Dane's pass by met by an on rushing Alli who slotted past Rob Elliot.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino handed a debut to Kyle Walker-Peters, curiously a direct replacement for Kyle Walker, who moved to Manchester City in the off-season.

Spurs lacked ingenuity and Kane was shown a yellow card for scything down Lejeune in a tackle that brought the Frenchman's outing to an early end.

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The game suddenly burst into life, with Gayle forcing Hugo Lloris into a save at his near post, but Newcastle's positive response soon fizzled out. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli support Harry Kane.

We knew how they play, so narrow and deep. It was a clear red card [for Shelvey].

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. - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Christian Eriksen has assisted more Premier League goals than any other player (30).

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