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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss tells media to be calm over friendlies

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Jurgen Klopp has called on the media not to get carried away with England’s showing in their forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

England, led Gareth Southgate will face the world’s two highest-ranking nations at Wembley on Friday and next Tuesday respectively as they begin their build-up to next summer’s World Cup.

There is anticipation in those exhibition games both due to the calibre of opposition and the fresh and youthful nature of Southgate’s squad, after the head coach has dropped seven players from England’s previous call-up in addition to bringing in uncapped players.

However, Klopp has called for caution and even suggested that the Football Association may be mistaken in choosing two such strong opponents.

“If you want to play a friendly you should choose another team than Germany. And Brazil is the second one, that’s really funny,” said the Liverpool manager. “All the journalists need to cool down and don’t expect too much. It’s not that they [England] cannot win, of course, but you make it too big if they win, too big if they lose.”

“When qualification was over, people said now the problems start because the tournament is coming up. So England has a bunch of fantastic young players, that’s how it is. I’m not sure how Germany will line up but it’s a very good game for sure but I would not say it should be a sign for the future.”

Klopp also feels England’s prospects lies in their youth group who won the under-17s’ recent World Cup triumph following on the back of the under-19s winning the European Championship and the under-20s also being crowned world champions.

“The sign for the future was the Under-17 and the Under-20 World Cup successes,” Klopp said. “We have to make sure they are coming through.”

England: Gareth Southgate drops stars for international friendlies

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England coach Gareth Southgate has dropped a handful of stars ahead of international friendly games against Brazil and Germany.

Southgate dropped a total of seven players after he claimed that there were people in his squad who had not necessarily justified their inclusions and were in fact, lucky to be involved during their last international fixture.

“I don’t think anybody can sit back and safely think they’re going to be involved next summer,” he said. “In every position on the field there’s really strong competition. If I had to do it tomorrow [pick a squad] I’d know who I’d take, but over the next six months that could evolve drastically.”

Former U-21 coach Southgate also said that some players who were in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers “are not playing regularly with their club at the moment”. Forwards Alex Oxlade‑Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe, as well as the Manchester United defender Chris Smalling are amongst the prominent stars dropped by the manager.

“We want to play a certain way,” Southgate added. “We want to see the players we’ve brought in using the ball from the back and building up in a certain way. I have huge respect for Chris and he’s obviously at a big club. I think he can [play that way]. But we have players like John Stones, Eric Dier and Harry Maguire who are even better.”

In place of the dropped players Southgate has called up a trio of uncapped players in Joe Gomez, Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus‑Cheek, with the manager also insisting that this was the time to experiment and try to help shape the England squad.

“Now we’ve got a phase where, OK, let’s see what’s possible here: how can we evolve the team, how can we take it forward, how can we give some of the young players that we’ve seen over the summer coming through?” he explained.

“And whether I see the benefit of that, or whether other England managers down the line see the benefit of that, I think it’s the right thing to do for English football.”

England reaches Russia World Cup finals with Harry Kane winner

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England captain Harry Kane scored an injury-time winner to secure qualification for next summer’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory against Slovenia at Wembley.

Kane stretched out to nudge in Kyle Walker’s cross for his 14th goal in his past nine games to finally break down Slovenia’s tough resistance as they looked likely to hold out for a point.

Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling almost broke the deadlock before Kane made his breakthrough, but the hosts must also be grateful to goalkeeper Joe Hart — whose selection into the team came under much criticism — for some crucial interventions that also earned him the official man-of-the-match award. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

While England carry a forward threat in the shape of Kane and Rashford — who will both be supported by the likes Dele Alli when he is free from suspension — the team still looks lacking in inspiration and creativity in front of goal that all but permits nothing but low expectations for Gareth Southgate’s squad in the coming summer.

It was only Kane who provided the single moment of quality that saved England the blushes this time around. In what was his first time skippering for England, his goal saved the team from potentially vicious feedback against a largely forgettable performance.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alli’s replacement for the night, was unable to repay Southgate’s faith in him and thus it came hardly a surprise when he was replaced by Jesse Lingard after 64 minutes.

Although his coach has shown great belief in him by starting him against Malta and Slovakia in past qualifiers, his struggles were clear with a scarcity of confidence despite making distinct efforts to help his team in front of one and all.

Still, Gareth Southgate is clear in the belief of his selection of a group of young players. “As a young team and having to deal with the expectation and criticism of their performances, it is tough for them,” he said.

“They are giving everything they’ve got. They don’t have Champions League winning medals between them. We have to give them the belief and the backing to help them achieve. It’s not a relief, I always thought we’d achieve the objective [of qualifying]. Tonight highlighted where we are. We are not going to become Spain in the next eight months.”

Football Association to defend Dele Alli over one-finger salute

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The Football Association (FA) has shown support to Dele Alli in the belief that they can prove the Tottenham midfielder was not directing a one-finger salute at the referee in England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Slovakia on Monday

Alli, 21, was caught on camera gesturing his middle finger immediately after the French official, Clement Turpin, had waved away his appeals for a free-kick 13 minutes from time in the win against Slovakia at Wembley.

The player subsequently told his manager, Gareth Southgate, that the gesture had been made towards his former club-mate, Kyle Walker.

“Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele’s made a gesture towards Kyle,” explained Southgate on Monday. “The pair of them have a strange way of communicating, but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.”

Alli reiterated that explanation for his actions on Twitter late on Monday night, also apologising on said tweet “for any offence caused”, with Walker also suggesting on social media that he had seen the funny side of the incident, as well as one long-distance camera angle of the incident appears to support Alli’s version of events.

The FA also indicated that they will support Alli if contacted by Fifa about the incident. Members of the organization has already unearthed a closer camera shot, which has not been made public, which would back up Alli’s explanation and, if requested, will make it available to world football’s governing body in an attempt to prevent Alli being sanctioned.

However, FIFA indicated on Tuesday that it was “gathering evidence” before deciding whether or not to launch an investigation.

The world football governing body could also charge the 21-year-old with acting against the spirit of the game, an offence which most likely carry a fine or, at worst, a short suspension.