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Rating England's Spurs contingent at Euro 2016 as Harry Kane struggles

Tottenham players were always going to be key to Roy Hodgson's plans for England at Euro 2016. Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Harry Kane started three of England's four matches, sitting out the 0-0 draw with Slovakia, while Eric Dier was an ever-present in the starting XI.

Mauricio Pochettino's team may have been the best in the country for stretches of last Premier League season, but England's displays were more akin to their untimely collapse in the run-in, which culminated in an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Newcastle on the final day of the season.

ESPN FC assesses how England's Spurs players performed in France.

Eric Dier: 7/10

The 22-year-old is the only England player to emerge from Euro 2016 with his reputation enhanced at home and abroad. Dier the centre-back was omitted from Gareth Southgate's squad for last summer's Under-21 Euros -- the favourite to be the next England boss -- but Dier the defensive midfielder was England's best player in France (which, admittedly, says little.)

Dier excelled defensively in the 1-1 draw with Russia and showed confidence and technical quality by scoring a brilliant free kick. While a little sloppy against Wales, his display against Slovakia suggested he is more than simply a destroyer; he twice set-up Daniel Sturridge with long passes. Comparisons with Sergio Busquets or even Xabi Alonso are premature but Dier is likely to be a crucial player for England going forward.

Kyle Walker: 6/10

Walker cemented the right-back spot ahead of Nathaniel Clyne in the final warm-up friendly against Portugal and justified Hodgson's decision with strong displays against Russia and Wales. He was probably England's best performer in the victory in Lens, causing Wales left-back Neil Taylor no end of trouable, and more than one European publication named him in their team of the group stage.

However, his old habit of switching off was evident against Iceland, as he was caught napping for the winning goal. While he was among England's better players overall, Euro 2016 was confirmation of what we already knew: Walker is a great athlete and, used correctly, a fine attacking outlet but his lack of concentration and inconsistent final ball suggest he will never be in the top bracket of full-backs.

Danny Rose: 6/10

Rose leaves France having done relatively little wrong -- perhaps he was flat-footed for Russia's late equaliser -- and relatively little right. He was solid enough defensively against Russia and Wales, making a couple of decent blocks in the former, and looked to get forward at will, although his final ball was rarely a threat. In common with every one of his teammates, he was poor against Iceland, although he did draw several fouls in dangerous positions.

Dele Alli: 6/10

Concerns about Alli's temperament were a feature of the pre-tournament debate, but in the end England needed more fire from the PFA Young Player of the Year. There were glimpses of his prodigious talent -- his instinctive half-volley against Iceland, for example -- but given time and space, Alli looked short of ideas and unsure of his role. Against Russia, he was too far away from Harry Kane, with whom he linked so superbly last season, and pushed forward against Wales, he grabbed a vital assist for Sturridge's winner. Clearly he has a big future with England and he will learn from this experience.

Harry Kane did not enjoy a good tournament.

Harry Kane: 3/10

Billed as England's leading light and a potential Golden Boot winner, Kane will begin next season having to prove his doubters wrong again, after a wretched tournament. Playing 44 matches in a high-octane pressing system seemed to finally catch up with Tottenham's only striker in his second consecutive summer away with England.

By the end of the defeat to Iceland, Kane's touch had utterly deserted him and he looked a bereft of energy and confidence as he kicked England's set pieces into the first man or straight out of play. Hodgson's baffling decision to task him with corners and free kicks did not help -- he should have been in the box, where he may have got a grabbed a confidence-boosting goal -- and Kane was starved of service against Russia and Wales.

But he failed to take a couple of presentable chances against Iceland and, with the exception of Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney, was perhaps England's most disappointing player at the finals.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.

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