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Mourinho urges Southgate not to over-play Kane in trio of England fixtures

Tottenham manager says ‘three games are too much’‘Hopefully Gareth and Steve understand and respect the players’José Mourinho has lent on Gareth Southgate not to over-play Harry Kane in England’s upcoming triple bill of fixtures. The Tottenham manager …

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Matt Doherty: ‘I wasn’t even young, like 12. So it was a bit embarrassing’

Spurs’ new signing Matt Doherty had to confront embarrassing tweets he made about his love for their London rivals Arsenal Matt Doherty is talking about tweets. The ones from 2012 and 2013 when he declares his everlasting love for Arsenal. “I wasn’t ev…

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José Mourinho pleased with progress made by Tanguy Ndombele at Spurs

Midfielder plays 90 minutes for first time this yearManager had previously questioned player’s commitmentJosé Mourinho claims to have seen signs of progress in Tanguy Ndombele after Tottenham’s record signing came through 90 minutes for the first time …

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Harry Kane helps Tottenham past Shkendija after goalpost controversy

Europa League qualifier: Shkendija 1-3 TottenhamGoalposts changed after Spurs discovered they were too smallIt was a moment that was difficult to make up. In the warm-up before this one-off Europa League qualifying tie, Tottenham’s goalkeepers sensed t…

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Mourinho recalls Dele Alli for Europa League and expects him to stay

Alli has been left out of Spurs’ squads for past two gamesThe attacking midfielder has been offered to PSG on loanJosé Mourinho says he expects Dele Alli to stay at Tottenham and has recalled him to the squad for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier agai…

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Edwin van der Sar: ‘I want every fan to have a second love for Ajax’

The Dutch club’s chief understands their place in the football hierarchy but wants to keep their unique place on the global stageEdwin van der Sar can still picture the bemusement on the faces of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, his Manchester United teamm…

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Mourinho refuses to be drawn on Bale but is clear Spurs need another No 9

Bale’s agent says ‘there’s reason to believe a deal is close’Kane ‘cannot play every match for 90 minutes’, manager saysJosé Mourinho stonewalled questions on Gareth Bale and whether he would like to bring him to Tottenham as he suggested the club’s re…

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José Mourinho keen to bring Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost to Spurs

Bundesliga club value Dost at £5.1m but Spurs prefer loanExperienced, 6ft 4in Dost fits profile Mourinho wantsJosé Mourinho is interested in taking Bas Dost from Eintracht Frankfurt as he pushes to add a different option to Harry Kane at centre-forward…

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José Mourinho keen to bring Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost to Spurs

Bundesliga club value Dost at £5.1m but Spurs prefer loanExperienced, 6ft 4in Dost fits profile Mourinho wantsJosé Mourinho is interested in taking Bas Dost from Eintracht Frankfurt as he pushes to add a different option to Harry Kane at centre-forward…

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José Mourinho blasts ‘lazy’ Tottenham players after Everton defeat

Spurs manager complains about ‘lazy pressure up front’Mourinho says ‘some players had a wrong state of mind’José Mourinho was critical of his Tottenham team after they slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against Everton, describing their pressing as lazy and …

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José Mourinho does not want Spurs strikers who are scared of Harry Kane

Manager looking for forward to support England captainMourinho tells Danny Rose he has no future at SpursJosé Mourinho wants a new striker who will embrace the competition with Harry Kane rather than shrink from it, while he has told Danny Rose he has …

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Paint, pools and parking: inside the maverick mind of Marcelo Bielsa

How the manager rebuilt Leeds – and why he wanted hillocks removed and a wood stove installed at the training groundThere was consternation at Leeds council. Why had a painted blue line appeared on the streets of Wetherby, running from outside Marcelo …

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Gareth Southgate admits off-field saga affected tactics in Denmark draw

England manager says he ‘needed a solid base to work from’Foden and Greenwood incident completes difficult weekGareth Southgate has admitted the furore over Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood led him to play conservatively in the 0-0 draw with Denmark on T…

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Gareth Southgate gets balance wrong by defending Foden and Greenwood | David Hytner

The England manager’s softer approach left him apparantly unwilling to criticise two players who had been sent homeThe starting point in the analysis of the latest off-field England crisis, sparked by the decision of Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood to i…

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England’s Foden and Greenwood sent home after breaking Covid-19 rules by inviting women to hotel room

Reports in Iceland say duo met women on SnapchatGareth Southgate says ‘we had no alternative’ Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been sent home separately after they allegedly invited two women to the England team h…

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England’s Foden and Greenwood accused of breaking Covid-19 rules by inviting girls to hotel room

Reports in Iceland say duo met girls on SnapchatFoden and Greenwood expected to be expelled Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood allegedly invited two girls to the England team hotel in Reykjavik and broke coronavirus isolation rules, according to reports.Th…

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England’s Foden and Greenwood accused of breaking Covid-19 rules by inviting girls to hotel room

Reports in Iceland say duo met girls on SnapchatFoden and Greenwood expected to be expelled Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood allegedly invited two girls to the England team hotel in Reykjavik and broke coronavirus isolation rules, according to reports.Th…

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Gareth Southgate to ‘hammer home’ discipline message to England players

Kyle Walker dismissal in Iceland was first of manager’s reign‘It makes it so difficult. It could have cost us the game’Gareth Southgate says he will not discard Kyle Walker because of his red card in Saturday’s 1-0 Nations League win over Iceland but h…

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Gareth Southgate to ‘hammer home’ discipline message to England players

Kyle Walker dismissal in Iceland was first of manager’s reign‘It makes it so difficult. It could have cost us the game’Gareth Southgate says he will not discard Kyle Walker because of his red card in Saturday’s 1-0 Nations League win over Iceland but h…

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Gareth Southgate to ‘hammer home’ discipline message to England players

Kyle Walker dismissal in Iceland was first of manager’s reign‘It makes it so difficult. It could have cost us the game’Gareth Southgate says he will not discard Kyle Walker because of his red card in Saturday’s 1-0 Nations League win over Iceland but h…