The 29-year-old has always been linked with a return to Spurs, although the club would appear unlikely to be willing or able to meet the Wales star's wage demands. "They come in and want to play".
Meanwhile in midfield was a trio of Luke Amos, 21, Oliver Skipp and George Marsh and they all impressed against Milan.
And Pochettino confirmed that he would not be afraid to hand opportunities to some of his younger players at St James's Park. Christian Eriksen says the World Cup proved that Tottenham have some great talent. "I can not tell you if we're going to sign one, zero or two or three or four", Pochettino told journalists ahead of Spurs latest pre-season friendly.
When can you expect the World Cup players to rejoin training?
"At our training ground they do everything they can to make it as realistic as possible".
"If you look at our squad, we've still got young players".
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"Of course the teams around us are going to strengthen but new faces doesn't necessarily mean that teams are going to be better". That is so, so clear. But I do think it'll be a close call.
"I don't know if we are going to sign or not".
"Of course, it's not our fault".
'It's the reality that happens and pushes us to take some decisions that maybe doesn't help the team from the beginning but we need to help some players because after the World Cup, minimum 20 days they need to rest and stop thinking about football'.
Spurs ended their tour of the United States with a 1-0 victory over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup on a night where they showed the future could be very bright with the youngsters at the club.
But with his teammate and rival missing much of the last 18 months due to injury, the Welshman has grown in importance and made noticeable improvements, particularly offensively.