Here is your Tottenham Hotspur morning digest for Sunday, March 21.
Kane issues message
Striker Harry Kane has vowed to help Tottenham bounce back from a forgettable week when they travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa this evening.
After suffering the disappointment of losing last Sunday’s north London derby 2-1 at the hands of Arsenal, Spurs produced a terrible display in the UEFA Europa League lead on Thursday evening, losing 3-0 to Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb.
Mislav Orsic’s hat-trick meant that Zagreb won the tie 3-2 on aggregate, sending Spurs crashing out of the Europa League ahead of the quarter-final stage.
With the past week having proven to be a nightmare, striker Kane, who has failed to score in his last two matches, has sent a passionate cry to his team-mates and the fans, insisting they must bounce back against Villa.
“Time to bounce back tomorrow after a very disappointing week,” Kane said in a Twitter post. “No words will atone for the last 2 games, we just have to show our response on the pitch!”
Ferdinand baffled by Dier decision
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he was left “baffled” by Gareth Southgate’s decision to hand an England call-up to Spurs centre-back Eric Dier ahead of the upcoming international break.
Dier is one of ten defenders to be included in the 26-man Three Lions squad, despite opportunities, certainly in the Premier League, having become limited for the former Sporting Lisbon man in recent weeks.
Ferdinand has now admitted that he has been left surprised by Dier’s inclusion, suggesting Everton’s Ben Godfrey should have got the nod instead.
“I was a bit baffled with the selection of defenders,” Ferdinand said. “You look at Dier, he’s not a regular at his team, you think how has he actually snuck in there? [Wolves defender Conor] Coady hasn’t had the best of seasons.
“[Ben] Godfrey has come in, hit the ground running, and he’s been immense, played in multiple positions at the back. A young player, you think going to a tournament to get experience – I did that, the experience I got was phenomenal.
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Sevilla eye Spurs defender
La Liga outfit Sevilla are lining up a potential move for Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez if they are forced to sell Manchester United target Jules Kounde.
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That is according to a report by TEAMtalk, who insist the Spanish club will pursue a move for the Tottenham defender if Kounde leaves.
The French Under-21 international is considered as one of most highly-rated defenders in the world and has no shortage of suitors, although he is valued at a whopping £77million.
But should they have to let go of the youngster, they already have their sights set on replacing him with Sanchez.