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Depay, Kane and Pochettino

10:40 am
What do we have in the news today?

ESPN tell us that Memphis Depay is wanted by Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG and Tottenham Hotspur according to PSV Eindhoven sporting director, Marcel Brands.

The Dutch club hope to bump up his price but it's highly unlikely that Spurs will pay over the odds for another player who has yet to prove it in a big league. International football counts for nothing when it comes to assessing a player for the demands of the Premier League.

The Spurs win over Newcastle United on Sunday saw Erik Lamela wanting too much time on the ball, Costa Rica had an excellent World Cup but nobody has bought their players. Can Depay cut it in a faster game with less time on the ball, I don't know but gambling to find out, in the way we have with Lamela and Soldado especially, can lead to heavy losses the club could do without.

HITC give us links to Glenn Hoddle and former Liverpool central defender Jamie Carragher 'purring' over 21-year-old Englishman Harry Kane.

For some reason the media have been suggesting he has had a dip in form since his goal scoring England debut but as the commentators pointed out during the game, he has only just scored a hat-trick. A striker can't score unless he has chances and Spurs have been very poor in the last couple of games creatively.

The Tottenham Way also go with the Harry Kane theme bringing us a video of head coach Mauricio Pochettino singing his praises in a post Newcastle United interview. he admits Spurs raised their game after two flat performances against Burnley and Aston Villa. He discusses the lack of focus after the interval again and jokes that now perhaps he may have to pay for a dinner for 30 goal striker Harry Kane.

Depay, Kane and Pochettino Depay, Kane and Pochettino Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:40 am Rating: 5

Capello's vote of no-confidence

1:30 pm
fabio capello, Tottenham hotspur blog newsFabio Capello has started to surprise people. The ill-advised dabble into entrepreneurship through his Capello Index brought back memories of the Sven Goran Eriksson years, but it was his seemingly sudden shift in selection policy that raised more eyebrows.

Capello has always stressed the importance of fitness and form over status and past performances, but he has abandoned that approach in recent weeks. The recruitment of Jamie Carragher and the failed wooing of Paul Scholes have tarnished the manager's reputation for giving the most deserving candidates a chance, regardless of other factors.

Forget the Capello Index, the begging of retired players to return will do more damage to team morale. The established pecking order has been thrown out, with performances during the qualification campaign ignored in the hunt for experience. It says little for Capello's faith in the in-form younger options.

Carragher and Scholes have had moderate club seasons and should have been left as ex-internationals. It will be scandalous if the superior Michael Dawson or Ledley King misses out on the final squad because of Carragher's return. The World Cup betting makes England third favourites for the tournament, and they will need a strong backline if they are to live up to expectations.

The fans might not be too impressed either. Carragher was rightly criticised for the manner of his retirement and the prolonged sulk shows his indifferent attitude to the national shirt.

The initial inclusion Joe Cole and Gareth Barry is understandable, as they are amongst the best options in their respective positions. However, anyone who has placed an England World Cup bet will be horrified if players who are clearly lacking fitness are taken to South Africa.

Capello has plenty of good will to draw on, but we might look back on recent weeks as the period that Capello started to lose support from players, fans and media.

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11:18 am
So far this morning, all I've been reading, listening to and viewing on TV, is that Liverpool's Jamie Carragher has been asked back into England contention by Fabio Capello.

Hold on a sec; am I missing something here? Isn't this the guy that said himself in an interview that he wanted to retire from the England scene because he would rather spend more time with his family than warming the England bench?

This season, Capello has thus far dismissed Michael Dawson. Why? You'd have to ask him. Instead of going by his own rules, he decides to bring back a player that has said that he'd rather lay on his couch than sit on the England bench.

Talking about Capello's rules; the one that springs to mind is where he specifically said that unless a player is playing regularly and in form, he would not be picked to join the England squad.

Call me biased, but Michael Dawson has done more than enough to warrant a place in the final 23 man squad. What has Jamie Carragher done? In my opinion, he's gone backwards. We all saw that his legs had gone in the first game of the season when we beat them convincingly 2-1. Since then, he's helped his team to a possible 6th position in the Premier League. We're talking about Liverpool by the way; he's helped Liverpool to a possible 6th position finish.

Dawson has worked his socks off and helped Tottenham Hotspur to a possible 3rd place finish.

Oh, and don't get me started on about Emile Heskey. Fabio, why even tell the media what your selection policy was, if you yourself can't stick to it?

Of course, Capello could decide to take both; but that's not why I am ranting on. Instead of assuring Michael Dawson of a place, he's assured Carragher of a place in the final 23 man squad, if we are to believe reports.

Absolute disgrace!

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