England’s latest 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign saw them having to settle with a 2-2 draw against Scotland as both national sides faced off on June 10 of 2017. This result solidifies England for the top position of group F from the UEFA section of the qualification stages.
Out of the 6 qualifying matches that England has played so far, they have won 4 and drawn 2 which has allowed them to snatch 14 points and are above everyone else from that group but Slovakia and Slovenia are following England closely behind with 12 and 11 points earned respectively so far. Continue reading
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has rejected claims that he is looking to leave the club at the end of the season to a bigger club.
The former Espanyol and Southampton manager has been a major factor behind Spurs becoming a regular title challenger. Since coming to the club in 2014, he has managed to transform the fortunes of the North London outfit on a relatively shoestring budget. This season, they have failed to get success in the title race once again, but it is seen as an improvement for the club to finish second after having come third last season.
The impressive performances of Mauricio Pochettino has not gone unnoticed with a number of top clubs reportedly taking interest in the manager. There have been reports about the South American having a release clause in his contract. Since there have been rumours about Antonio Conte potentially leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, Pochettino has been touted as a replacement. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspurs goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris believes their victory with clean-sheet over Manchester City on Sunday does not mean the team is very defensive.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men gave Pep Guardiola his first defeat since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium with a shocking 2-0 win at White Hart Lane stadium on Sunday.
They scored two times in the first half through Aleksandar Kolarov’s own goal and another strike by Dele Alli, guaranteeing the victory after the break despite Erik Lamela having a penalty denied from being a goal by City’s new goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo.
Lloris supposes the win showcased Tottenham’s qualities at both ends of the pitch, as they maintained a clean sheet after having the perfect defensive record in the top-flight last season.
“Last season we were already one of the best defenses in the league so I think it’s one of our basics to be strong at the back,” The France international, Lloris was quoted by Sky Sports.
“It doesn’t mean we are a defensive team, we are the opposite. We try to have a lot of risk in our game, trying to play as high up as we can on the pitch, putting pressure, as we did especially in the first half against City.”
Harry Kane’s brilliant goal for England against Germany didn’t come as any surprise to those Tottenham fans who have watched him score 55 goals and counting over the past two seasons.
While followers of English football are well aware of the 22-year-old’s ability, the international scene is only now beginning to sit up and take notice of the striker. This is especially the case for those teams who are preparing to face Roy Hodgson’s men in the summer. With the European Championship just around the corner, England fans will be desperate to see Kane get through the rest of the Premier League season without picking up an injury. Continue reading
The world’s most important football event for the next four years – the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil (a team humiliated by the German national last night) has ended early for the English players, and the games of the Premier League won’t be on until the middle of August. Now the most exciting sports events to follow are tennis matches and the Tour de France. While female tennis is a very entertaining sport for a short while, cycling is not that fun to watch. So, what should we do in all this spare time?
OK, we could take a vacation. It’s summer after all. We can go to the beach, or in the mountains, or visit some foreign country (preferably with a beach or some mountains). If we are not in the situation (financially or otherwise) to afford such a vacation, we can always find time for some alternatives – playing on a computer for example. Continue reading
Ever since Harry Redknapp conducted an interview regarding a new contract, there has been intense speculation surrounding his future. However, the whole sage has now officially ended in tears, after both parties failed to agree terms on a new contract meaning that the former West Ham boss has now officially departed White Hart Lane.
It was only last week that Redknapp said that he wanted to have assurances on his future, with his current contract having just twelve months remaining. However, after meeting Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy for talks, it appears as though the two were some way off concluding a deal and the decision was made for the 65-year-old to leave by mutual consent.
Chairman Levy reiterated that the decision was not an easy one and that Redknapp should still be praised for the way he has managed the club over the past four years. Speaking to Tottenham’s official website, Levy said, “This is not a decision the board and I have taken lightly. Harry arrived at the club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed. This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the Club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane.”
The general consensus appears to be that Levy was not satisfied with the way in which Spurs ended the season. Having found themselves in 3rd place, ten points ahead of 4th, in February, Levy was understood to be fuming after the club combusted in the final few months and ended up finishing 4th. Following Chelsea’s victory in the Champions League final, this also meant that Spurs were to miss out on qualification for the tournament and of course the huge financial awards that accompany it.
It now remains to be seen in which direction Spurs will turn, although David Moyes has already emerged as a bookies favourite.