Happy Friday Spursland!
The weekend is mere hours away, so come and join our Hoddle party whilst we wait for it to arrive.
Theme of the Day
You heard it here first (depending on how narrow a range of news sources you access every day)! As reported in yesterday morning’s Hoddle, Eric Dier will be captaining England in tonight’s friendly tie against Germany.
Yoof development has slowed down slightly at Tottenham Hotspur this season as Mauricio Pochettino has focused more on gelling together his core first team than bringing new players through- but keep an eye on 20 year-old midfielder Anthony Georgiou, who signed a new contract with the club yesterday.
Elsewhere in football...
England manager Gareth Southgate is currently Googling whether there are any rules against registering himself to play for the national side after Jack Butland becomes the seventh player to pull out of the team with an injury.
Northern Ireland’s fairytale route to their first World Cup since 1986 has been potentially cut off after the side went down to a tough 1-0 defeat in their first leg qualifier against Switzerland.
Greece’s chances of qualifying look similarly doubtful after a 4-1 spanking at the hands of Croatia, which I’m sure a few people are... not exactly upset to hear.
Is Big Sam about to heed the call of Uncle Sam? Former manager of every midtable English side that ever existed Sam Allardyce confirms his interest in the vacant USMNT job.
A sad reflection of what can happen when the security of community institutions is contingent on the whims of private interests- one of Britain’s best-known non-league clubs, Dulwich Hamlet FC, has had its future thrown into doubt after becoming a hostage in a dispute between the developers that own their ground and the local council.