The whole of England, he insisted, should be proud of what is happening at Tottenham.I'm proud of being a Spurs fan. We play with a lot of young English players, something that other clubs do not. For example, during the weekend, we had NINE Englishmen on the pitch! Champions elect Chelsea had only three and Arsenal - zero!
That they should salute a policy that has offered a chance to compete at the top level to young, homegrown players of real potential.
Jol believes it is simply not happening enough, and claims too that such a short-sighted policy can eventually have a damaging effect on the future of the national team...
"But last week in the Champions League there wasn't a single English player and that is strange and worrying. "That is why I think everyone in England should get behind us and be proud that we've got an English team with some foreign players thrown in."
You know what? He is right. Spurs play some exhilarating football in the right spirit, and they do it with young English players.
No matter what happens at the end of the season, I think we have done a good job. No one expected us to be challenging for the Champions League spot when the season began and we have been in fourth position for a long time this season. We are very likely to play European football next season through the UEFA Cup competition even if we do not qualify for the Champions League. Our talented English players are still young and they can only get better.
Spurs meet Man Utd tonight and Arsenal this weekend. I think I'm going to have a weak heart after this week.