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Tottenham Hotspurs: Toby Alderweireld left out of Champions League squad

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Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld will not travel to Turin on Monday for the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League game against Juventus as Mauricio Pochettino wants the Belgium international to work on fitness instead.

However, his absence from the last‑16 tie against Juventus on Tuesday night is a move that will raise questions about his future at the London club as Alderweireld contract talks with Spurs have gone on for over a year without reaching a breakthrough.

The defender was returning from three-month absence due to a hamstring injury, and played the full 90 minutes in the FA Cup replay win against Newport County. He played the 90 minutes and, having declared himself fit, hoped to be in the lineup for the derby against Arsenal on Saturday.

However, Pochettino chose excluded him from the match-day squad and has now decided to leave him in London for a second time to work on his fitness, rather than take him to Italy for what is amongst Tottenham’s biggest game of the season.

It also raises further questions as Pochettino also reacted badly when questioned after the 1-0 win against Arsenal about why he had preferred Davinson Sanchez to Alderweireld in central defence.

While Alderweireld’s £50,000-a-week deal contains a one-year extension option scheduled to activate in the summer of 2019, it also features a £25m release clause.

It permits, should it comes to pass, that at the summer of 2019 he would be permitted to leave if a rival club were to pay £25m and complete the transfer at least 14 days before the closure of the window.


Juventus 2 — 0 Tottenham Hotspurs

Euro 2016 squads finalized for the tournament

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Euro 2016 squads finalized for the tournament

All troops are finalized as the main event for football in this summer approaches; here are the few national teams and their squads tipped to lift the trophy in France.

France (odds: 7 to 2)

Being the host nation, and having a significant strike force with the likes of in-form forwards Antoine Griezmann and midfilder Paul Pogba would definitely give an edge to any team hoping to grab the European Championship trophy.

France has been the bookies odds-on favorite even after Didier Deschmaps had left our Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. Les Bleus will face Romania in Group A in the opening game of the tournament on June 10 before playing Albania and Switzerland.

France’s Euro 2016 squad:

Goalkeepers: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), N’Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)

Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Dimitri Payet (West Ham)

Much is expected from France’s Griezmann-Pogba combo

Much is expected from France’s Griezmann-Pogba combo

Germany (odds: 4 to 1)

Despite performing not quite up to expectations after winning the World Cup two years ago, Germany is still a team to be watched given their strength behind to up front. They will have a relatively easier time too, facing Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine in the group stages.

Marco Reus was visibly left out of the team following injury concerns but Bastian Schweinsteiger, who also struggled with injury, was included.

Germany’s Euro 2016 squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Ruediger (Roma)

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Andre Schurrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).

Forwards: Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Schalke 04)

Germany dropped Marco Reus off the team hours after wishing him a happy birthday.

Germany dropped Marco Reus off the team hours after wishing him a happy birthday.

Spain (odds: 11 to 2)

The defending champions were a shadow of their form since their group stage exit in the World Cup, but their ageing team then had since been refreshed by Vincente Del Bosque with youngsters the like of Thiago Alcantara and Koke.

Spain’s Euro 2016 squad

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San José (Athletic Club), Juanfran (Atlético Madrid), Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal FC)

Midfielders: Bruno Soriano (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Thiago Alcântara (Bayern), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fábregas (Chelsea)

Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Pedro Rodríguez (Chelsea FC), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid)

Spain will look to win the Euro for a third consecutive time.

Spain will look to win the Euro for a third consecutive time.

England (odds: 9 to 1)

Roy Hodgson will be spoilt for choice as he loads up on strikers for the team, featuring Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and teenager Marcus Rashford – all of whom had enjoyed a fruitful season in the Premier League. The group plays Russia in Group B’s opening fixture, and subsequently against Wales and Slovakia.

England’s Euro 2016 squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Fraser Forster (Southampton)

Defenders: John Stones (Everton), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Danny Rose (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), James Milner (Liverpool)

Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are both Premier League top scorers

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are both Premier League top scorers

Team Roccat loses roster for LCS

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Team Roccat is without players as LCS approaches.

The League Championship Series is coming, but Team Roccat does not have a single player for the event.

This was the result of an unanticipated exodus of their entire LOL team roster.

The mass departure began when jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and support Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan accepted a deal to H2K Gaming for the 2016 season, with head coach Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi also reportedly considering a move.

Today, mid laner Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm left the organization just months after renewing his contract for the next season.

Holm has found himself a home at another LCS squad for next year, according to the Roccat Facebook account.

Meanwhile, the team had also loaned their remaining players, Etienne “Steve” Michels and Rasmus “MrRallez” Skinneholm to an unnamed Challenger squad

In other words, Roccat does not have a single player to carry them in the LCS.

Boasting aggressive and exciting overtures to some of the best players in Europe during offseason, the future looks bleak for Roccat’s LCS hopes.