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Eriksen scores twice as Spurs thrash Gillingham

Christian Eriksen

Eriksen has won 63 caps for Denmark

Tottenham cruised to a comfortable victory against League One Gillingham in the third round of the EFL Cup.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring with a stunning 25-yard strike and added a second just after half-time.

Dutch striker Vincent Janssen then got his first for the club from the penalty spot since his £17m summer move.

Strikes from Erik Lamela and Josh Onomah completed the rout for Spurs, who are rewarded with a trip to Liverpool in the fourth round.

Mauricio Pochettino made 11 changes from the side that beat Sunderland 1-0 on Sunday, with American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, 18, and English midfielder Harry Winks, 20, handed a first start.

English attacker Marcus Edwards, 17, was also handed a senior debut from the bench and almost capped it with an injury-time goal, but his stinging shot was palmed over the bar by goalkeeper Stuart Nelson.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino:

“Now that Harry Kane’s injured Janssen is our main striker and it’s important for his confidence for the next few games.

“That goal was important for him, to feel the love from the supporters.

“For a striker, always the difficult thing is to create chances but he has a lot of chances to score today. He was unlucky.

“The important thing is that he got into the box and he created a lot of chances and for the future it’s important that he feels confidence and for the team it will help a lot for us.”

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh:

“I had a fantastic time here as a player and I am disappointed because it was not the score I visualised, but the gulf in class came through in the end.

“We thought at 1-0 we might have a chance of staying in it but they put on the burners, got to 3-0 and it was damage limitation from then on.”

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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Gillingham 0.

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Gillingham 0.

Attempt missed. Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Attempt saved. Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Emmanuel Osadebe (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Substitution, Gillingham. Billy Knott replaces Bradley Dack.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Anton Walkes replaces Ben Davies.

Attempt missed. Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Marcus Edwards replaces Vincent Janssen.

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Wright (Gillingham).

Attempt blocked. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur).

Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 5, Gillingham 0. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.

Attempt blocked. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Gillingham 0. Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Gillingham. Scott Wagstaff replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas because of an injury.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Christian Eriksen.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Gillingham 0. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Tottenham Hotspur. Kieran Trippier draws a foul in the penalty area.