The Hoddle is (in part, anyway) a news source, so why not open it with the reminder that Tottenham are headed to a cup final?
Ramble of the Day
Back when Tottenham made it to the Champions League final, I basically established a precedent that I’m sticking to today: (mostly) skipping words and sharing pictures of jubilant players and staff after they booked a place in a final. Since Spurs’ victory yesterday ensured the team would play in the Carabao Cup final, I’m breaking out the pictures for today’s Hoddle.
As always, a big shoutout to the photographers here — Glyn Kirk, Clive Rose, and whoever was taking them for Tottenham.
tl;dr: There’s barely anything to read, just look at the pictures.
Stay informed, read this: Julia Carmel on Bill Butler, a legend of roller disco who crated an inclusive and creative skating space at Empire Rollerdome in 1970s Brooklyn for The New York Times
Links of the Day
Former Manchester City midfielder Colin Bell died aged 74.
40 Premier League players and staff, the USWNT’s Alex Morgan, and an Arsenal women player tested positive for COVID-19.
Birmingham manager Carla Ward will miss the FA WSL game against Tottenham after receiving a one match ban for questioning a referee’s integrity last month.
David Squires covers a festive period in British football that saw one faux pas after another in his latest cartoon.
A longer read: David Hytner interviews Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford on being inspired by his mother and using his platform to help for The Guardian’s footballer of the year profile