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Tottenham see Southgate as top replacement for Pochettino

Tottenham see England boss Gareth Southgate as their top replacement for Mauricio Pochettino if the Argentine quits the club.

Spurs chiefs believe Southgate's relationship with the club's England stars would make him the ideal successor to Pochettino, who increasingly looks as though he is in his last season at Tottenham, says the Mirror.

Pochettino said before last season's Champions League final that he could might leave if Tottenham lifted the European Cup - as it would have been the culmination of a five-year project.

And speculation Real Madrid will come in for him refuses to go away, with Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane already feeling the pressure after returning to the La Liga giants.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Danny Rose and Eric Dier have all made huge strides with England under Southgate's tutelage.

And that made him the perfect candidate when Pochettino's comments in the lead-up to the Champions League final forced Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to consider potential replacements.

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