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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, July 28

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That’s forward Jessica Naz at the top today.

Ramble of the Day

Perhaps if I didn’t open up the door this month to rambles about proposals at sporting events, I wouldn’t be sharing this. I suppose, even if one has a mild view on public proposals, this one would be worth sharing. Germany’s Max Kruse opted to celebrate the team’s 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia at the Olympics by proposing to his girlfriend in a post-match interview.

My opinion has not changed much on proposals at sporting events in the last few weeks, and Kruse’s gestures are obviously sweet. My issue is that Kruse proposed to his girlfriend while she wasn’t even in the room, or in their case the same continent. I am relieved his girlfriend said yes — the proposal seems a thoughtful one, after all. I just think it would be cool if they got to enjoy the moment together, and definitely don’t think it’s something others should copy without serious consideration.

Perhaps the most important thing here, though, is that it worked out. Congratulations to them!

tl;dr: Max Kruse proposed to his girlfriend on television while they were on different continents.

Stay informed, read this: Candace Buckner on US gymnast Simone Biles and expectations placed on exceptional Black women for The Washington Post

Links of the Day

Bayern’s Corentin Tolisso tested positive for COVID-19.

Tottenham will trial the NHS COVID Pass at friendlies for the men’s and women’s teams against Arsenal next month.

Manchester United’s Alex Telles will miss the start of the season with an ankle injury.

Derby’s Jason Knight suffered an ankle injury after manager Wayne Rooney challenged him in training, and could miss up to three months.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes bought an ownership stake in MLS’ Sporting Kansas City.

Transfers: Manchester United signed Raphaël Varane from Real Madrid; Arsenal signed Frida Maanum from Linköpings

A longer read: Ben Strauss on NWSL broadcasts which, through production budget and value, are not progressing as fast as the league’s reputation for The Washington Post