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It is too early to say Spurs cannot catch top four, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Tottenham already 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea• Hugo Lloris has had elbow surgery and will return in FebruaryMauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham’s frustrations in the Premier League remind him of those he experienced five years ago at th…

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Eric Dier: ‘People said I was injured but I just kept on falling ill’

Tottenham utility man opens up on the perforated appendix that laid him low for months and left him in a downward spiralEric Dier and the Tottenham medical team had tried to explain it away as a stomach bug. A number of the club’s players had gone down…

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Son Heung-min in text message contact with André Gomes after serious injury

• Son contacted Everton player before Spurs played in Belgrade• Forward says: ‘I feel really sorry. I still feel really bad about this’Son Heung-min has revealed that he has swapped text messages with André Gomes after his role in the Everton midfielde…

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James Maddison set to be called up by England despite casino controversy

• Leicester midfielder expected to be rewarded for fine club form• Maddison pictured in casino after withdrawing from last squadJames Maddison is set to be given another opportunity in the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro a…

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Tottenham appeal against Son Heung-min red card for André Gomes challenge

• South Korean faces ban after controversial sending-off• Spurs’ sympathy for Gomes mixed with surprise at red cardTottenham have appealed to the Football Association against Son Heung-min’s dismissal at Everton on Sunday, which led to André Gomes’s ho…

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says 5-0 win is a ‘first step’

• Harry Kane scores twice in victory over Red Star Belgrade• Tottenham now second in Champions League Group BMauricio Pochettino suggested that Tottenham had remained calm in the face of a crisis and been rewarded with a 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade …

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Mauricio Pochettino fights on but accepts his Tottenham job is in danger

• ‘We are in a period when we are fragile’ says Pochettino• Spurs play Red Star Belgrade after one point from two gamesFor Mauricio Pochettino it has long been a default response, a way to sidestep awkward questions. “Rumours,” the Tottenham manager sa…

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Mauricio Pochettino fights on but accepts his Tottenham job is in danger

• ‘We are in a period when we are fragile’ says Pochettino• Spurs play Red Star Belgrade after one point from two gamesFor Mauricio Pochettino it has long been a default response, a way to sidestep awkward questions. “Rumours,” the Tottenham manager sa…

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‘Natural leader’ Harry Kane won’t be fazed by Spurs role, says Pochettino

• England captain will wear armband in absence of Hugo Lloris• ‘He does not need to feel too much pressure, just to act natural’Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is a natural leader and will not be weighed down by the responsibility of taking on …

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Pochettino says Spurs players still want him and rules out January signings

• Manager invited out to dinner by his squad• ‘The most important is to stay together’Mauricio Pochettino has said he retains the love and support of his Tottenham players – and he has the dinner date to prove it. The manager cut an embattled figure be…

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Gareth Southgate and England take strength from odious Sofia experience | David Hytner

England’s firm but dignified handling of shameful scenes in Bulgaria was character-building in the extremeJadon Sancho walked towards the tunnel of the Vasil Levski Stadium in the bitter and slightly surreal aftermath of England’s Euro 2020 qualifying …

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Gareth Southgate and England take strength from odious Sofia experience | David Hytner

England’s firm but dignified handling of shameful scenes in Bulgaria was character-building in the extremeJadon Sancho walked towards the tunnel of the Vasil Levski Stadium in the bitter and slightly surreal aftermath of England’s Euro 2020 qualifying …

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Callum Wilson: ‘I’m not trying to kick Harry out but I can make an impact’

Bournemouth striker believes he can make a difference for England should he get his chance at centre-forward where captain Kane is the automatic first choiceFor Callum Wilson the scent of non-league football came from the fast-food vans at pitchside. “…

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England ready to walk off if Bulgaria fans racially abuse us, says Abraham

• Players discuss flouting Uefa’s three-step rule in team meeting• ‘If we decide we don’t want to play, we’ll come off as a team’Tammy Abraham says England’s players have resolved to walk off the pitch in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in S…

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English police urged Uefa to reschedule Friday night Prague game amid fan fears

• Timing of Euro tie in Prague could spark drunken behaviour• Uefa overlooked Mark Roberts’ plea, making the game high riskThe national police lead officer for football, Mark Roberts, has revealed that he wrote to Uefa to urge it not to stage England’s…

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Tammy Abraham set to be included in England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

• Chelsea striker in line for first competitive call-up• Appearance would end possibility of playing for NigeriaTammy Abraham is set to receive a first competitive call-up for England when Gareth Southgate names his squad on Thursday for the Euro 2020 …

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Bayern debacle leaves Tottenham running down alley of self-doubt | David Hytner

Mauricio Pochettino now needs a response from the players he has been criticising. Can he turn things around?It felt like a corner had been turned and the sense of relief in the Tottenham dressing room was palpable. Down to 10 men at home to Southampto…

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‘Ambitious’ Jan Vertonghen wants to extend his time at Tottenham

• Belgian is in contract talks with Spurs• Defender admits his season has been mixed so farWhen Jan Vertonghen casts his mind back to his first European campaign as a Tottenham player, he remembers the opposition was Lazio, Panathinaikos and Maribor in…

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Lampard urges Hudson-Odoi to learn from Sterling and queries Leeds award

• Chelsea manager wants winger to use England star as role model• Lampard: I thought fair play prize for Bielsa was ‘irony at first’Frank Lampard has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to follow the example of Raheem Sterling and ally natural talent to a remorse…

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Derby’s Richard Keogh told he will play again but not for a year after crash

• Keogh assured by knee specialist his career is not over • Defender was knocked unconscious in crash on TuesdayRichard Keogh has been assured he will make a full recovery from the serious knee injury he suffered in Tuesday night’s car crash which led …