Tottenham and Chelsea Each Place Trio on Belgium World Cup Squad

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Belgium have unveiled their 2018 World Cup roster, and it has a very strong English Premier League presence. Nine teams from the British top flight, so nearly half the league, placed at least one player on the Red Devils, with four sides seeing at least two of their players make the 28 man roster.

London clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea lead the way, each seeing a triad of their own make the cut, while both Manchester clubs have a duo of players on board.

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Tottenham Hotspur Land Five on England 2018 World Cup Squad

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England has officially announced the 23-man  roster that they will send to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. If you’re a Tottenham Hotspur fan, then quite likely you’re already an England supporter too. If not as of yet, you probably will be now as Spurs led the way with five selections to manager Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Both Manchester clubs, United and City, placed a quartet on the Three Lions roster, while Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City each saw a pair of players make the cut. The official announcement tweet video, and full official roster is below.

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Harry Kane Challenges Mo Salah to Duplicate Heroics Next Season

Liverpool forward Mo Salah had a beyond exceptional, heroically memorable season in 2017-18, and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane took notice. Kane eclipsed the 30 goals scored mark, his most prolific output yet, but it wasn’t enough to win the Golden Boot Award as the Premier League’s top scorer.

That’s because Salah, the PFA and Premier League Player of the Year, broke the scoring record by netting 32 times in 38 times. It broke the previous mark which was held by three men- Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Luis Suarez. Thus, Salah claims the Golden Boot for 2017-18, with Kane looking ahead to potentially reclaiming the honor next season.

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Antonio Conte Proud of Chelsea’s Late Fight for Top Four Finish

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In the spirit of the holiday that just past, May the 4th, there is “a new hope” for embattled Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and his side. In beating Liverpool 1-0 at home today, the Blues upset the balance in the force of the top four race. They’re now only two points behind the pace for a top four finish, but they will need some help to get there.

“We must be pleased because the players played a really good game,” Conte said in postgame. “Usually when you have to play a must-win game, it’s not easy. It’s normal to be a bit nervous. Today it was a must-win game, but not against a simple opponent.”

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Chelsea Beats Liverpool to Give United Second Place, Blues New Life for Top Four

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It was an extremely important and very consequential Sunday in the Premier League, especially so for every single team in the top six. We start with the weekend’s headliner fixture, which saw Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 at home. This result clinches runner-up status for Manchester United, and it took Chelsea’s near terminal hopes for a top four finish, and instead made them very much alive.

For Liverpool, they could have clinched a top four slot, but will now have to sweat it out a little bit.

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Harry Kane Slams English Fan Mentality in Response to Recent Barbs

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is likely to captain England this World Cup, and with that further solidifying his status as the face of the national team. Yet he’s recently been the recipient of plenty of jibes and barbs from his own national football community. And now Kane has hit back, ripping the mentality of English fans who criticize their own players.

Shade has been getting thrown at Harry Kane for a few weeks already, and it essentially started with his claiming a goal away from teammate Christian Eriksen in a win versus Stoke City. Kane and Tottenham lobbied to have the goal credited to him, and the Football Association complied.

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Gary Neville: Mauricio Pochettino Should Succeed Jose Mourinho

Manchester United legend Gary Neville is never shy when it comes to expressing opinions on the club that is near and dear to his heart. Neville commentary usually only makes headlines when it’s scathingly criticizing. This time however, it’s more constructive feedback, as he advocates for Old Trafford bringing in Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to be the eventual successor to Jose Mourinho, whenever that may be.

Pochettino has done a lot to improve Spurs, on all levels, since he moved up from Southampton in 2014, but he still hasn’t won a trophy. The Argentine is one of the finer managerial minds in the game right now, and Neville knows that there will be heavy competition for his services.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Manchester United (FA Cup Semifinal)

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has essentially been playing down the importance of the FA Cup, but it has a lot more significance than he publicly acknowledges. For all four teams involved in the semi-finals, it’s the only chance to win a trophy this season. For Spurs, it would end their decade long trophy drought.

While Tottenham has certainly made tremendous strides under Pochettino, especially so in regards to European football, the north London side still hasn’t attained any silverware under his tenure. They will playing Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Man United at Wembley Stadium, Tottenham’s temporary home for the season.

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United vs Tottenham: FA Cup Semifinal Preview, Prediction, Team News

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Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, their temporary home for the season, in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino claims that being in Wembley will not be a home field advantage, but I guess we’ll just have to see if he’s right about that or not.

Both teams come into this match looking to get to the final and then secure their first trophy of the season. For all four semifinalists, it is the last remaining opportunity for a trophy this season.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Tottenham (FA Cup Semifinal)

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Heading into last night’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed that the midweek league clash would be an open tryout of sorts for the FA Cup semifinal versus Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.

Don’t buy it; Mourinho will select his best team possible this weekend. He was always going to pick the best XI, regardless of who did what versus the Cherries. While there is reason to doubt the veracity of that Mourinho commentary, what he said after the match was definitely honest and spot on.

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Liverpool Winger Mohamed Salah Leads PFA Team of the year

Liverpool Winger Mohamed Salah is the favorite to win the PFA Player of the Year award, and later this month the winner will be announced. The Egyptian magician on the pitch did win one honor today however, as he was named to the PFA Team of the Year.

Joining him on the team today are four of the other five players named to the PFA POY short list: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, and Manchester City duo- Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.

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Man United vs Liverpool at Michigan; Full ICC Schedule Announced

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It was officially announced moments ago that Manchester United and Liverpool will take their bitter rivalry to the Big House this summer. This huge match-up was reported weeks ago, but the date was not revealed until just now- Saturday, July 28, 2018, 5:00 pm at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

America’s largest capacity stadium, second in the world behind only Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, hosted United and Real Madrid in 2014. That event remains the highest attended (109,318 fans) soccer match on U.S. soil in history. In 2016, Madrid took on Chelsea, at that clash was the second highest attended (105,826) fans soccer game in American history and the highest in Chelsea history.

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