Aaron Lennon
Aaron Lennon, Roberto Soldado, Andros Townsend and Emmanuel Adebayor have all been left out of Tottenham's pre-season squad Getty

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed their 25-man squad for an upcoming pre-season friendly against the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Stars at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, further fuelling transfer rumours regarding five players who have not made the trip to Colorado.

Strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado have not been selected by Mauricio Pochettino for the match on 30 July, along with Vlad Chiriches, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend.


Pochettino has already sanctioned the sales of five first-team players already this summer, with midfield quartet Paulinho, Lewis Holtby, Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli following experienced defender Younes Kaboul through the exit door at White Hart Lane.

While losing five more would senior players would be highly unusual, Tottenham's sizeable squad is long overdue such a ruthless overhaul as they seek to regain their place in the Champions League following a three-year absence.

Of those omitted, Adebayor and Soldado both look certain to be moved on after scoring just three top-flight goals between them in 2014/15.

Earlier on Monday (27 July), Aston Villa assistant manager Ray Wilkins revealed that a deal for the troubled Togo international is a possibility as Tim Sherwood seeks to bolster his strike force and limit the impact of Christian Benteke's departure to Liverpool.

Soldado, meanwhile, has been a huge disappointment since arriving in a then-club record £26m ($40.5m) switch from Valencia in September 2013. Villarreal boss Marcelino Garcia Toral told IBTimes UK yesterday that he is interested in signing the 30 year old, although conceded that any transfer would likely be difficult to negotiate.

Chiriches has also struggled to impose much authority in the aftermath of his move from Steaua Bucharest. AS Roma were reportedly keen on signing him during the January transfer window, while recent speculation from the Daily Telegraph states that both Fiorentina and Galatasaray are tracking his signature.

Tottenham veteran Lennon spent three months last season on loan at Everton and it has been suggested that he could be used as a makeweight in any future discussions regarding signing James McCarthy.

Fellow winger Townsend is also on the fringes of the action under Pochettino, with Villa and Sunderland among the teams credited with an interest in his services.

Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason pulled out of England's matches against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia with a knee problem Getty

Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard have both also omitted from the travelling party, although it seems highly unlikely that either will be leaving the club any time soon.

Mason made 37 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions last term as Pochettino championed a first-choice midfield pairing featuring him and fellow academy graduate Nabil Bentaleb, before agreeing terms on a new five-year contract in January.

Pritchard, meanwhile, has already been guaranteed a place back in North London following an impressive loan stint with Brentford and his absence could well be down to the ankle injury that forced him to withdraw from Gareth Southgate's England squad at the European Under-21 Championship in June.

Prospective new captain Hugo Lloris does travel, despite sustaining a fractured wrist earlier this month.

New signings Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld are also set to feature, as are youngsters Joshua Onomah, Shaq Coulthirst, Harry Winks, Luke McGee and Tom Glover.

Dele Alli may also play, having signed in January before staying at MK Dons for the remainder of their successful Championship promotion push.