Pochettino admits he would rather Ryan Sessegnon did not go on international duty

May 31, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO admitted he would prefer Ryan Sessegnon to stay with Spurs during the international break and NOT link up with England Under-21s.The winger, 19, joined Tottenham from Fulham for £25million in the summer but has had his season hampered by a hamstring injury.3 Ryan Sessegnon was called up to the England Under-21 side despite only making two appearances for SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyHe finally made his first-team bow for Spurs last Sunday, coming off the bench for the final minute at Everton.The teenager got another brief run-out at the end of the 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade after replacing Son Heung-min.And his 16 minutes of first-team action was enough to convince Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd to call him up.The England U21s face trips to Albania and the Netherlands during the international break.But speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Sheffield United, Poch confessed he would rather Sessegnon stayed at Spurs to continue to work on his fitness – but understands why he wants to represent his country.He said: “He suffered at Fulham at the end of the season with a big injury and we are working so hard to provide him with the best tool to be in his best form.”He needs time to be the best but we are happy in what he is doing and that is why he is involved with England U21s.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong”I accept when the national team asks for your player.”To be honest I prefer that the player should be here training with us, and available to play for 90 minutes and building fitness here in our concept but I accept that.”We know he loves the national team and for the U21s Ryan is a very important player.”3 Poch would understandably rather keep Sessegnon at Spurs over the international break to keep him protected and fully fitCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 Sessegnon missed the first part of the season due to a hamstring injury but came on against Everton and Red Star BelgradeCredit: AFP or licensorsMauricio Pochettino has been impressed by Sheffield Unitedlast_img read more

Dele Alli’s pals’ plan to make stolen £350k watches impossible to sell

May 31, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgPREMIER League friends of Dele Alli have come up with a plan to make his stolen watches too hot to handle so they can’t be sold on.Three prized timepieces worth at least £350,000 were nicked in a terrifying raid at the England ace’s £2million home — as exclusively revealed in yesterday’s Sun.7 Dele Alli’s Premier League pals have hatched a plan to make the £350k watches, that were stolen from his home, impossible to sellCredit: Paul Edwards – The SunDele, 24, has circulated details of their makes and models.Footie pals have said they will alert their watch dealers, and let him know if anyone is offering anything suspicious.A source said: “These robbers might think they have hit the jackpot stealing these watches, but they are going to face real problems cashing them in.“Footballers use a handful of dealers and none will touch a stolen watch because they know it could cause serious problems down the line.7 The footballer’s girlfriend Ruby Mae drives away from the house todayCredit: Paul Edwards – The Sun“It’s not unusual for cops in Dubai and Italy to demand to see papers for watches when passengers pass through security.“Can you imagine if a watch stolen in a violent robbery ends up on a wrist of a player who then gets arrested?“Dele is well connected through the England squad and knows players in Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool and London where all the main dealers are.“These dealers know if they accidentally bought any watch that turned out to be one of Dele’s, then they would never sell to a footballer again.”7 The £2m home Dele was in with his girlfriend and brother Harry at the time of the raidCredit: Paul Edwards – The SunThe prized pieces are a £150,000 Richard Mille 11-03, a £150,000 Patek Philippe 5980 Nautilus and a £50,000 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chrono.Dele was struck in the face by two robbers armed with knives who burst into his North London home at 12.30am on Wednesday.He had been playing pool with girlfriend Ruby and brother Harry.Dele was seen driving back from a training session yesterday, while Ruby was also behind the wheel of a car after a brief trip out from their locked down home.7 Dele cast a cautious look as he left the plush property todayCredit: Paul Edwards – The SunFollowing the raid in the early hours of Wednesday, the Tottenham midfield ace tweeted: “Thank you for all the messages.“Horrible experience but we’re all okay now.“Appreciate the support.”Met officers are investigating.In March, a machete gang targeted the home of Dele’s team-mate Jan Vertonghen while he was playing for Spurs in Germany.His young family were left traumatised by the ordeal.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubCrystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho lost items worth more than £500,000 when his London house was raided in January.Arsenal duo Mesut Özil and Sead Kolašinac were targeted by armed moped robbers for their watches in North London.But they fought them off and kept hold of their possessions.7 The Richard Mille 1103 is worth £150,0007 Patek Philippe 5980 Nautilus is also worth £150,0007 The Audumars Piguet Royal Oak Chrono is worth £50,000Alli had guardBy Mike SullivanA SECURITY  guard was in a hut at the front of Dele Alli’s home while robbers got in through the back, it was revealed yesterday.A local security firm director said the employee was hired by Alli, 24, to protect his Herts mansion.It is feared Spurs stars are being targeted after Jan Vertonghen was robbed in March.  Ex-Met boss Barry Phillips said criminals may be trailing them  from the training ground.Ex-top cop explains why high profile footballers like Dele Alli are likely targets for violent criminals GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected]last_img read more

Full-strength Kangaroos raring to go

May 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgIt follows news that veteran forward Sam Thaiday has been passed fit after he completed the captain’s run at London’s Olympic Stadium.Thaiday had been in doubt all week following the Kangaroos’ last-start win over the Kiwis but will play club coach Wayne Bennett’s England outfit.Scotland’s shock draw with New Zealand ensured Australia’s spot in the Four Nations final at Anfield on November 20.A win for England will mean they will face the Kangaroos again next weekend. “[Thaiday’s inclusion] is important for us. He’s in our best 17 and he’s had a great tour so far. He’s great for the squad with the type of character he is,” Smith said.”The most important thing is that he’s a great footy player. [The captain’s run] clarified the position of where he’s at and he’ll be ready to go.”We knew our plans for the tournament before we left Australia – that everyone would have the opportunity to play. That’s happened. We want to pretty much put our full strength team out on the park this game,” he added.”Now knowing we’re in the final it’ll be good practice heading into next week.”Meninga echoed Smith’s sentiments but couldn’t help but address some hard luck stories within his squad.Meninga also clarified his position over picking Dragons utility Tyson Frizell on the bench over Raiders prop Shannon Boyd, who up until this weekend had played every Test this tournament. “My belief is we’ve picked our best team. Shannon Boyd was unlucky to miss out. Justin O’Neill’s been good and Matt Moylan had a terrific game against Scotland. But tough decisions had to be made,” Meninga said.”Tyson’s form has been exceptional and he offers us plenty from the bench. As does Shannon but we had to make the tough decision to choose an agile player who has a bit of versatility both in the middle and on the edges.”London has been an unhappy hunting ground for the Kangaroos over the past few decades however. Three losses to England at the old Wembley Stadium in the early 1990s and a draw with New Zealand at the 2009 Four Nations remain on Smith’s mind in particular. Coincidentally Australia haven’t lost to England since the 1995 World Cup group stages but doesn’t mean Smith is any less worried. “Traditionally the Kangaroos haven’t done so well in London,” Smith said.”History shows we haven’t had good results here. This side will be out to change that.”last_img read more

Hunt plays down Dragons clash

May 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgCopyright: NRL Photos.Broncos halfback Ben Hunt. The Brisbane utility will link with Paul McGregor’s men in 2018 after signing with the Red V in January but for now he has unfinished business with the Broncos – starting with Friday’s clash against the desperate Dragons. It is a strange scenario for Hunt, with a loss for the ninth-placed St George-Illawarra set to all but end their top-eight hopes. But the 27-year-old is firmly focused on securing a Broncos victory that would almost guarantee Brisbane a top-four finish. “I’m approaching it the same as I would approach any game. We’ve had one training session already and we trained really hard. I’m not doing anything different. I’m just going to go out and prepare as well as I can,” Hunt said. “[I’m not expecting] extra scrutiny. It’s the same game for me. I’m preparing like I do every other week and trying to play the best possible game for the Broncos. I’m a Bronco for the rest of the year.”Hunt may be a Bronco until the end of the season, but he admits to keeping one eye on the form of the side he will play for next year. His five-year deal with the Dragons is one of the richest in the NRL and he was full of praise when asked about the form of the club that rates him so highly. “I’ve watched a few of their games this year and I think they’ve got a quality side,” he said.”I don’t know if they are too wobbly. I know they are fighting to stay inside the top eight. I definitely think they have a quality side looking into the future.”The Dragons are sure to have their work cut out for them when they travel to Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, with Hunt leading a rejuvenated Broncos attack that has stacked on the points in recent weeks.Hunt has been a revelation since moving to hooker, adding another attacking dimension to the Broncos as they look to end their 11-year premiership drought. It is no coincidence that Brisbane have scored 86 points in the two weeks that Hunt has been in the No.9 jersey, with the Queensland Maroons representative doing a stellar job after taking over from the injured Andrew McCullough. A halfback at heart, Hunt is sacrificing his preferred position for the team and he hopes to be able to play 80 minutes at hooker in the near future. “Honestly I’d still rather be in the halves but I am enjoying it. Having two big wins makes it a bit easier,” Hunt said.”[The workload] is definitely a lot more, but in the two games I’ve played there’s been a lot of stoppages so I don’t think I’ve been tested too much. “In a couple of games I think I’ll be in a position where I can [play 80 minutes]. I’d like to have a crack at it.”last_img read more

PNG and Kiribati challenge in men’s volleyball

May 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgPNG is hoping to win this match to stay in the top four after losing one of three pool matches to competition leaders Tahiti.Kiribati however is yet to win a match in this Pacific Games tournament and is hoping to give a big challenge to PNG in this match.In other matches today, Tahiti defeated Guam 3-0 and Wallis & Futuna beat Nauru 3-0. The home side is aiming for gold after taking out bronze in the 2011 Games behind gold medal holders Wallis & Futuna and silver medal holders Tahiti.last_img read more

Lae Dwellers hope for win today against Auckland City

May 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe PNG title holders showed glimpses of their potential in their 3-0 defeat to Amicale.Dwellers will be banking on PNG internationals and former Hekari United strikers Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba to push forward with some quick counter attacks.With Auckland City likely to dominate possession, the Dwellers’ counter-attacking prowess could be dangerous weapon against the defending champions.Dwellers coach Peter Gunemba stated that his side will go into the match with a positive attitude.He said on the OFC official website that he doesn’t care how good they are, he never fear any teams.“I believe in my players and have confidence in my players that they can play better.“When I tell them to play they just go down and do something and after the first game they’re feeling much better,” Gunemba said.Auckland City will be aiming to continue their march towards a sixth consecutive regional title.Coach Ramon Tribulietx said that he knows Dwellers have won the final game of the league, the grand final.“They’re Papua New Guineans and I know some of the players they’ve got in there so we’ll see what they look like collectively,” Tribulietx said.Dwellers squad list:Matheson NASA (GK)Mosebuya-Mosie MILUBWA,Valentine NELSONGoropaul ALBERT,Japhet TIAMPO,Troy GUNEMBA,Raymond GUNEMBA,Michael FOSTER,Nigel DABINYABA,Obert BIKA,Joachim WAROI,Mathew DAVID,Adolf KUMISI,Ken KEPE M,Joshua TALAU,Carlos PEKA,Cyril MUTA,Bewa WILLIE,Esa NASA,Ronald WARISAN (GK)Peter DABINYABA JNR,Billson BULLO,John KICHANIPicture: This is a loop png file picture of Lae City Dwellers defenders surrounding a striker from an oposing team.last_img read more

Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau follow in Doha to close Xavi

May 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBarça has bet strongly on Xavi because, if he gets a no, he will have left Valverde in a very delicate position. League champion the first two years he has trained Barça, and with the possibility of being with Guardiola the only coach who wins the League in his first three years as a Barca coach, the club has decided to do without him. And if it can be now, the better. A surprising decision, marked only by specific moments and not by the regularity that recalls other times of football in which the media pressure resembled the pressure that is lived today in social networks.In 1992, Ramón Mendoza dismissed Radomir Antic from Madrid after being a winter champion. Antic Madrid was accused of not playing well. Since then, there has been no case in which a winter champion of a League with the pressure of the Spanish is dismissed after being a winter champion. But that’s the way things are at Barça. Eric Abidal, sports director of Barcelona, ​​and Oscar Grau, CEO of the Barca club, continue in Doha to try to close the signing of Xavi, which has an offer of two and a half seasons to become the coach of his life team , the Barca. This was confirmed by the RAC-1 station in information that consolidates all the inputs received in the last 48 hours.Barça already loves Xavi and for that he continues in Qatar. He will try to obtain the yes of the player and then, negotiate with Al Sadd the termination of the player. Al Sadd plays this afternoon match against Al Rayyanlast_img read more

Simeone clings to Cavani and Atleti awaits Diego Costa

May 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Athletic one fell in Eibar and suffered an important blow after taking enough days showing a positive image. In Ipurua, the same did not happen for half an hour. The 2-0 and the lack of success in the face again puts on the table the need to sign a forward in this winter market. Atlético moves between the possibility of incorporating Cavani and the hope of seeing Diego Costa on the pitch soon.Simeone insists on the need for a striker. The Cholo, diminished with the plague of injuries that it has, continues requesting a tip. And Cavani is the chosen one, the one he likes best. Simeone doesn’t want to see herself out of everything in February. Remember that Atlético visits Bernabéu on day 1 and on February 18 the first leg of the Champions League is played against Liverpool.In the club, on the other hand, they wait for Diego Costto. The forward has already jumped to the pitch to make a run. At the beginning of the month I could start training with the whole team and do strength and contact exercises. Right now you must be very careful with the blows. His return is scheduled for the third week of February. In the calculations of the coaching staff does not enter that can get to play against Liverpool in the Wanda Metropolitano. Yes the second leg. Something similar to what happened last season with Juventus. If Costa is fine, nobody doubts that he will be the owner. The question is whether the club can throw the house out the window and spend the money it now does not have to bring to Cavani when Costa’s return is just around the corner. The club, however, is still in negotiations with the PSG. In France they assume that Atlético has offered 10 million for the striker. Leonardo, PSG sports director, has confirmed that they have “an offer from Atlético de Madrid that we have not accepted.” The Brazilian executive of the Parisian club has also revealed that “Cavani has asked to leave; I don’t know how the matter will end.” While Tuchel fed the rojiblancas hopes after the Cup match: “Cavani’s situation is uncertain, we don’t know what will happen to him. What I cannot assure you is that he will continue with us and be in Paris in February “. Cavani, 32, is doing his part, since he only wants to leave the Parisian club. He has not been summoned in recent games and his illusion is to wear red and white. It is the great trick of Atlético. The PSG, for now, remains firm in not letting him out. We will see what happens in the last week of January and if the PSG loosen and let go to the tip. If it finally arrives, Atlético could have Morata, Costa, Cavani and João Félix in February. Which of all would be sacrificed? Can Atlético risk waiting for Costa or does he have to make another effort to try to bring a forward now? It is the dilemma in Atlético.last_img read more

The coronavirus reaches Barça: temperature control when arriving in Naples

May 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe coronavirus has already reached Barcelona. The outbreak in Italy of cases of Covid-19, a disease caused by the new corononavirus SARS-CoV-2, which has already forced the suspension of Serie A matches this weekend, will force, according to ESPN, the Barca expedition to pass a temperature control upon arrival in Naples on Monday. The member of the expedition who has a fever would have to be transferred to the hospital to be controlled according to the protocol established in these cases. Barça was informed of this protocol, which would arrive from the Italian Government, through a circular. Barça plans to travel this Monday to Naples, where he will train in San Paolo in the pre-leg of the first leg of the round of 16 against the set partenopeo. As the matter is, with the country in an almost panic state over the outbreak of coronovirus that has spread in Codogno, in the north of the country, players will have to take care of their health today to avoid fever and problems that may arise and that could prevent them from playing this Tuesday.last_img read more

Lacazette would leave if Arsenal does not get into Champions

May 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe ninth provisional position of Arsenal in the Premier League could have consequences in the medium term if the ‘gunners’ fail to reverse the situation. Despite the arrival of Mikel Arteta on the Emirates bench, the results do not arrive and the big stars begin to lose patience. As reported ‘The times’, Lacazette could leave as long as the qualification for the Champions League is not achieved. The British newspaper talks about a possible sacrifice of the French international, in order to strengthen the workforce with other players and, above all, give even more gallons to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. This decision comes after not reaching an agreement with Lacazette, when the talks began for renewal last year. In order to link stipulated for summer of 2022, Arsenal considers that he is a player with a market and that his stay in London does not give the team a bonus to fight with the best. Thus, taking into account the significant economic deficit as a result of the non-qualification for Champions and the desire of the player to compete in the best continental competition, it would open a possible negotiation. However, Lacazette does not think about his future and yes about the progression of Arsenal in the final months: “We are closer together now. The way we think about the field and also off the pitch. Tactically we are better and sure we will see an evolution in the coming weeks. “Despite Arsenal’s intention, Lacazette hopes to speak on the pitch. Moreover, last week he made the victory goal against Olympiacos, which tracks the ranking of theirs for eighths of the Europa League. At 29, he still has a poster and, in fact, has sounded for Atlético de Madrid on countless occasions. Similarly, in the last winter strip, was one of the candidates seen complications with Edinson Cavani. It was a difficult operation, more in January, and it did not come to fruition. Who knows if in the future …last_img read more