Happy Tuesday, Hoddlers. We have a few international matches yet to go this week, and the two matches that are probably of the most interest to readers of this blog are England’s friendly match against Spain at Wembley Stadium and USA’s trip to Costa Rica in the Hex.
Harry Kane has already been sent home from England duty, which is good since he’s only just healthy and Gareth Southgate has decided that, having not played him against Scotland he’s also not needed in a stupid friendly. Which begs the question of why he was called up to begin with, but whatever.
For USA, the situation is more dire. After losing the first home World Cup Qualifying match in 15 years to Mexico this weekend, they now face the very real prospect of starting off the Hex 0-2. This also probably means that Cameron Carter-Vickers won’t get his first cap for the Americans tonight, which is kind of a bummer if you care more about cap-tying CCV to the USMNT than you do about, y’know, winning.
I, for one, am just glad that club football is returning this weekend. West Ham has been an annoyance lately, but they’re not off to the best start in the Premier League this season and this seems like a prime opportunity to get a big win at home and kick-start Spurs’ title challenge again. Assuming half of the team isn’t injured.
I’d send you some links but it’s international break week and it’s slow as hell so instead, let’s take you back to 2007, when Berbatov and Defoe were banging in goals and Paul Staltieri got a 90th minute winner to propel Spurs to a 4-3 win over the Hammers at the Boleyn ground, all set to the dulcet sounds of “Superman” by Five for Fighting.