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The Football Association confirm Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named as the England captain for the World Cup finals in Russia.

In a meeting at St. George’s Park on Monday evening, manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Kane will be skipper for the tournament: "Harry has some outstanding personal qualities," he said. "He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day." Despite being pipped to the Golden Boot by Player of the Year Mo Salah [32-goals], Kane managed to win the most Premier League points for his side [22] scoring 30-goals for the first time in his career. On hearing the news, Kane said: "To be captain is that little bit more," he said. "I’m so excited for the World Cup, I can’t wait to be there and experience it. To lead the lads out, it’s going to be special." England kick-off their campaign on June 18 against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Source: Sky Sports
May 22 - 6:04 AM

Harry Winks has been scheduled for surgery in an attempt to cure a longstanding ankle injury.

The 22-year-old was stretchered off at Turf Moor 13 months ago and has been hampered ever since. It was hoped that a recent stint at the world-renowned Aspetar Clinic in Qatar would help, but a decision has now been taken for Winks to go under the knife with a view to him being ready for pre-season. Having recently signed a new long-term deal, Winks maintains he is "determined to go forward positively" following a stop-start season which saw the promising youngster make just 16 Premier League appearances, while the problem ended any hopes of featuring at this summers World Cup finals. "It’s easy to dwell on the negatives but all I can do really is to focus on the positives. The most important thing is to get myself fit, get my ankle right and hopefully I can have a long, injury-free campaign next year, contribute to a lot of games and we can go on and win a trophy."
May 19 - 5:07 AM

Heung-min Son plays down concerns of a serious injury after admitting he has been taking painkillers since April to help manage a minor ankle problem.

The Tottenham attacker was speaking in Seoul after joining his international teammates for a pre-World Cup training camp. Son has enjoyed another fantastic domestic season [12-goals + six assists] and coach Shin Tae-yong will be hoping he can continue that form heading into the World Cup finals despite a niggling ankle issue. "I really played a lot this season, but luckily I had no big injuries and gained some experience," Son said. "I did take painkillers for the last six weeks to play in matches, but there aren't footballers who are free from injury. I'll take some rest this week, and I'll be fine." South Korea face Mexico, Sweden and holders Germany in Group F and Son will have little time to rest up with friendlies against Honduras, Bosnia, Bolivia and Senegal prior to their opening game in Russia on June 18.
May 16 - 11:25 AM

Erik Lamela scored a brace and added an assist, all in the second half, in an absolutely frantic affair as Tottenham erased a 1-3 deficit to eventually win 5-4.

Good grief, what a last hurrah for these two sides as it was end-to-end action for the full 90 minutes. It was tough news for Spurs early - first they got word that Jan Vertonghen was a late scratch, then the Belgian's absence seem to lead to giving up the opening goal inside of four minutes. The frenzy was on though as Harry Kane leveled it just three minutes later, going near post after a nice feed from Lucas Moura. Momentum shifted to the Foxes, who scored two unanswered as the second half unfolded, but Spurs stormed back. Lamela's first goal came in the 49th minute, tapping home another assist from Lucas. Lamela then got the fantasy assist by having an effort minutes later turned in by Leicester for an own goal. He got his brace on the hour mark, putting another short range shot home from a Kyle Walker-Peters ball. Leicester would level but leave it to Kane to score the final goal of the day, this one helped by Danny Rose.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:21 PM

Mauricio Pochettino is a "little bit concerned" about the injury sustained by Kieran Trippier and hopes the setback will not end his dreams of playing in this summer’s World Cup finals.

Trippier was forced off with less than 10 minutes remaining after a challenge from behind by Mo Diame which earned the Newcastle midfielder a yellow card. During his post-match press conference, Pochettino would not speculate on the severity of the problem but admitted it was a worry: "We need to wait until Thursday and after that we will assess," he said. "I wish, and I hope that he is OK. Of course, we are a little bit concerned about the situation. I hope fitness is not a big issue, and he can be ready and fit to play at the World Cup. I think it was a twist of his knee." Regardless, Trippier will not be risked in the final game now that their Champions League qualification place has been assured for next season. Serge Aurier will come into the side if he can overcome a hamstring injury.
Source: Sky Sports
May 10 - 4:25 AM

Tottenham secured its mission to play Champions League football next season with a 1-0 win against Newcastle.

Although the Spurs attacker didn’t have the triple-captain outbreak that FPL.com managers dreamed about over the last week, including a scoreless draw in the first game of the double gameweek, Harry Kane still appeased with the match-winner against Newcastle when he flicked on Heung-Min Son’s pass early in the first half for his 28th goal of the season. We shouldn’t rule out catching Mohamed Salah stop the leaderboard, as Kane currently sits three goal behind the Liverpool star, especially given his performance to end the year last season.
Source: NBC Sports
May 10 - 3:41 AM

Eric Dier was absent from training on Tuesday and the midfielder will miss tomorrow's match against Newcastle at Wembley.

Speaking ahead of the re-arranged Premier League clash, manager Mauricio Pochettino provided a mixed injury update for a game his side can ill afford to lose with Chelsea breathing down their necks in fourth place. "Last night Dier started with vomiting and fever and now it's normal that he needs a minimum of 48 hours to recover to be available again for training. We hope he will be available for the weekend." Kieran Trippier looks set to retain his place at right-back after Serge Aurier failed to recover from a hamstring strain. On the opposite flank, Ben Davies is expected to replace Danny Rose. Mousa Dembele is being monitored ahead of the final weekend but Harry Winks' season is over as he continues his rehab following an ankle injury. Jan Vertonghen has been cleared to play having recovered after being forced off at West Brom on Saturday.
May 8 - 9:35 AM

What looked to be three easy points on paper turned into an upset as West Bromwich Albion scored a late winner to edge past a frustrated Tottenham side in a 1-0 final at The Hawthorns.

This had the makings of a trap game for Spurs, but they were a bit unlucky to find the net on a few occasions. A pair of chances came in quick succession around the half hour mark, but Harry Kane was unable to take advantage of a slick ball from Kieran Trippier and had his shot saved. Moments later, Christian Eriksen sent a ball the striker's way but Kane's header was off target. It seemed at the very minimum, Spurs would see out a goalless draw, as West Brom did not threaten the other end nearly as much, but fortunes turned with about five minutes to go when Jan Vertonghen had to be removed with an injury. Tottenham would then give up the match winner in stoppage time to a former Lilywhite, Jake Livermore. Vertonghen's availability for the remainder of the season is in doubt and hopefully will recover in time for the World Cup.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 12:26 PM

Tottenham kept their distance from fifth-place Chelsea with an easy 2-0 win at home against Watford on Monday night.

Spurs took an early lead thanks to Dele Alli's ninth goal of the season to put him just one short of three straight double-digit scoring seasons. After Watford keeper Orestis Karnezis bobbled a cross in the box, Christian Eriksen centered a pass to Alli for an accurate finish to give Spurs the lead in the 18th minute. Then, in the 48th minute, Harry Kane scored his first goal in his last five home games after Kieran Trippier connected with the striker for his 27th goal of the campaign to double Spurs' lead and send them five points clear of Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 5:02 PM

Mauricio Pochettino has ruled Danny Rose out of Tottenham's clash with Manchester City as the left back is dealing with a calf injury.

Rose has been battling a variety of injuries this season, with an ankle issue causing him to miss the most amount of time. Trying to re-establish himself before the summer, another medical issue could hamper his chances of going to Russia with the Three Lions. He has been ruled out of Tottenham's midweek clash with Brighton as well which is welcome for owners of Ben Davies.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 13 - 4:53 AM

Kieran Trippier was omitted from the matchday 18 at Stoke, but the defender is expected to ready for the game against Manchester City next weekend.

The 27-year-old was part of the travelling group, although his absence did not come as any great surprise as Mauricio Pochettino has a tendency of rotating his full-backs. Trippier was seen going through a series of rigorous exercises prior to kick-off at the Bet365, suggesting there may have been a problem. But, the Spurs manager revealed post-match that Trippier had been rested due to muscular fatigue: "Of course, today was a tough game, and we needed to rotate for different reasons. In the case of Kieran Trippier, he played two games in the international break with England and was overloaded and was a little bit tired. We cannot take a risk. He's okay, he's fit and everything but if in this type of situation, we can look to avoid taking risks. We have players like Serge Aurier, who is working hard, why not give him the possibility. That doesn't mean I wasn't happy."
Apr 9 - 8:52 AM

It came with a bit of light controversy, but Christian Eriksen's second goal of the game was a match-winner, as Tottenham have all but locked up a top four finish with a 1-2 win over Stoke City.

After impressing so much at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Tottenham looked noticeably flat in a goalless first half with the Potters. Heung-min Son had the one big chance, getting in 1 v 1 on Jack Butland but the Stoke keeper made a strong stop. The breakthrough would come on 52 minutes, when a nice through ball found Dele Alli who then paused a moment before finding Eriksen sprinting into the box, the latter finishing in the low left corner. Stoke equalized just five minutes later but Spurs managed to escape with all the points with the winner on 63 minutes. A free kick near the touchline was sent in by Eriksen. Harry Kane rose to get a touch on it, but the ball went in with the league determining the goal was Eriksen's, which earned Danny Rose an FPL assist.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 7 - 8:06 PM

Christian Eriksen stole the day with a wonder goal but it was a brace from Dele Alli that put Spurs in control in a 3-1 win.

A howler from Hugo Lloris gave Alvaro Morata the chance to put Chelsea ahead in the 29th minute and it looked like the Blues were off and running after. But with a Marcos Alonso goal called back due to offsides and various other missed chances the stage was set for Spurs to find a way back into the game. Following Dele Alli doing a wonderful job to keep the ball in play, Ben Davies found Eriksen in space and Eriksen fired a curling shot over the head of Willy Caballero and into the back of the net to draw Spurs level. This set the scene for Alli’s first goal in the 62nd minute after a pinpoint delivery from Eric Dier. The second goal would follow four minutes later as chaos in the box saw the ball fall to Alli giving Tottenham a two-goal lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. In the top four, this gives Tottenham an eight-point lead over Chelsea as they look to take a stranglehold on the final Champions League space.
Apr 1 - 1:29 PM

Harry Kane proved that he is a man of steel returning from his ankle injury in three weeks during Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea.

Kane played 26 minutes in Tottenham’s victory coming on for Son Heung-min in the 74th minute. Kane will likely get a full run out versus Stoke City in the next match for Spurs.
Apr 1 - 1:24 PM

Dele Alli will have a place in Gareth Southgate's squad when England participate in the World Cup, but he is not guaranteed a starting role according to the manager.

At the start of the season, Alli would have thought to have been one of the first names on England's team sheet come World Cup time. He has not exactly dazzled for Spurs this season though and there are several attacking midfield options for Southgate to choose from, including but not limited to Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jesse Lingard and Adam Lallana. Over this current break, Alli only saw pitch time for 22 minutes, with Sterling playing the role Alli would have played. His reduced role over the break may light a fire under the young man as he gets set to play the run-in.
Source: The Guardian
Mar 30 - 4:50 AM



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