Good morning Spursland!
So, winter’s really starting to bite out here in the UK and temperatures are starting to plunge. I hope everybody out there living in similar climes is finding ways to keep warm, whether that’s opting for a Tim Sherwood-style gilet, donning an AVBeanie, or affecting the constant, incandescent internal rage of Mauricio Pochettino.
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Mostly crickets out there in the Tottenham corner of the news world this morning, so here’s a dubious January transfer rumour courtesy of Here is the City.
Elsewhere in football...
How will Roman Abramovich fare now that his long-term sporting director and human shield Michael Emenalo has left Chelsea? Here’s a few interesting insights from the Telegraph.
In the wake of more players withdrawing from the English national team with mystery injuries, Gareth Southgate has resorted to using Cork to plug the gaps in his squad.
Meanwhile USMNT caretaker manager Dave Sarachan will be deploying a Sargent to try and restore some discipline to a side in disarray after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup. CCV also got a callup, so that’s nice!
Robbie Rogers- one of the few professional footballers to come out before the end of his playing career- has retired after finishing the MLS season with LA Galaxy. Enjoy whatever comes next Robbie!
What motivates a football fan to travel 14,000km to watch their team play? The Guardian checks in with some Socceroos fans who’ve made the epic voyage over to Honduras to watch the Australian national team compete in their World Cup qualifier.