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Ben Davies: ‘Ryan Giggs criticism is unfair’

Ben Davies insists the criticism of Wales manager Ryan Giggs after hurtful back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifying defeats is unfair. Wales’ hopes of making the finals next summer were dealt a severe setback with losses to Croatia and Hungary in the space of four days. Giggs’ side now trail Group E leaders Hungary by six points, albeit with a game in hand, and are three adrift of Slovakia and Croatia in the race for a top-two spot. Ryan Giggs is under pressure after successive defeats dropped Wales to fourth place in their Euro 2020 qualifying group (Joe Giddens/PA) The Old Trafford great has had to shoulder the blame from most Welsh fans puzzled by the fact he has not profited from the attacking talents of Gareth Bale, David Brooks and new Manchester United winger Daniel James. R...

Ryan Giggs backs “exciting” Daniel James to succeed at Manchester United

Wales manager Ryan Giggs insists Daniel James’ impending move to Manchester United has not disrupted preparations for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia. James was at United’s Carrington training ground on Thursday morning ahead of his transfer from Swansea, just hours before Wales flew to Osijek for Saturday’s meeting with the World Cup finalists. The 21-year-old winger is set to complete the switch, which is understood to be in the region of £18million, including add-ons, next week after Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier in Hungary. “We had a relaxed day on Thursday,” Giggs said when asked if James’ United medical had forced him to miss training. “That’s how we structured the week, to get the work in early and then Thursday was just a case of going through a few things.” Giggs was clear ...

Ben Davies receives late call-up to Wales squad for Euro qualifiers

Tottenham defender Ben Davies has joined up with the Wales squad after originally being ruled out of Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary. Wales manager Ryan Giggs left Davies out of his squad for the two games last week, saying the left-back had been troubled by a groin issue throughout the season. It had been expected the 26-year-old would undergo surgery after Spurs’ involvement in the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday to correct the problem. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿DIWEDDARIAD CARFAN | SQUAD UPDATE🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Ben Davies has met up with the squad this morning after his treatment has been postponed 👍 Croeso i’r camp Ben!#YWalGoch #TheRedWall pic.twitter.com/TeCbdPzoAD — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) June 4, 2019 But a Football Association of Wales statement on Tuesday morn...

Ryan Giggs explains Ben Davies absence

Tottenham defender Ben Davies heads into the Champions League final facing the prospect of summer surgery and will sit out Wales‘ Euro 2020 qualifiers in Croatia and Hungary. Wales manager Ryan Giggs revealed Davies has been troubled by a groin issue this season but he has battled on, with Spurs’ historic campaign ending in Saturday’s European showpiece occasion against Liverpool in Madrid. “Ben has had an issue with his groin throughout the season,” Giggs said as he named a 28-man squad also without injured Juventus-bound midfielder Aaron Ramsey. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 For Croatia (8 June) & Hungary (11 June)… #YWalGoch #TheRedWall #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/L99MGICUAw — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) May 29, 2019 “I left Ben out of the squad back in November...

Gareth Bale in but Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies out of Wales squad

Ryan Giggs’ side face Croatia and Hungary. Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies have been left out of Wales‘ squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary. Juventus-bound midfielder Ramsey was expected to be absent having not played for Arsenal since damaging a hamstring on April 18, while Press Association Sport understands Tottenham want to assess left-back Davies’ recurring groin injury following Saturday’s Champions League final. Forward Gareth Bale, who has not featured for Real Madrid for the last month amid rumours of a fall-out with club manager Zinedine Zidane, is included in the 28-man selection. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 For Croatia (8 June) & Hungary (11 June)… #YWalGoch #TheRedWall #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/L99MGICUAw — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) Ma...

Tottenham Hotspur interested in West Ham United full-back Arthur Masuaku?

West Ham United full-back Arthur Masuaku reportedly emerges as a surprise transfer target for London rivals Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a surprise move for West Ham United full-back Arthur Masuaku this summer. Spurs are understood to be in the market for a new left-back in order to provide extra competition for Danny Rose and Ben Davies, the latter of whom has fallen down the pecking order in North London this season. Masuaku has just one year remaining on his current contract at West Ham, although the Hammers do have the option to trigger a further 12-month extension on top of that. The 25-year-old’s form towards the end of the season is thought to have impressed Tottenham’s scouts, although they could face competition for his si...

Result: West Ham United inflict first defeat on Tottenham Hotspur at new home

Tottenham Hotspur slump to a first defeat at their new stadium as West Ham United dent their rivals’ top-four hopes with a 1-0 win in North London. West Ham United have become the first visiting team to win and score against Tottenham Hotspur at their new stadium with a 1-0 victory in this afternoon’s Premier League London derby. Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the game in North London as the Hammers recorded their first away win of 2019, ending a run which had seen them lose eight of their last nine outings on the road. Tottenham, meanwhile, suffer another blow to their top-four hopes as they remain just four points above fifth-placed Arsenal having now played a game more than their rivals in the race for Champions League qualification. © Reuters Spurs had won all four...

How Tottenham Hotspur could line up against West Ham United

Sports Mole looks at how Tottenham Hotspur could line up for their Premier League clash with London rivals West Ham United on Saturday. Tottenham Hotspur are seeking three wins over London rivals West Ham United in a single season for the first time ever when the sides face off on Saturday. Spurs won the reverse Premier League fixture 1-0 at the London Stadium in October, 11 days before knocking the Irons out of the EFL Cup in the fourth round. The Lilywhites’ focus may be elsewhere, though, with the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Ajax coming three days after United’s trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Ahead of this weekend’s clash in North London, Sports Mole look at how Tottenham could line up. Out: Harry Kane (ankle), Moussa Sissoko (groin),...

Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of Wednesday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium. The second of three matches between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the space of 11 days takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening as the sides face off for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Tottenham won last week’s quarter-final first leg 1-0 in North London and are now within 90 minutes of creating some personal history. City, who also welcome Spurs to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday, are 18 points better off than their opponents in the Premier League and had won three in a row against the Lilywhites prior to last Tuesday’s meeting. Ahead of this latest tussle betwe...

How Tottenham Hotspur could line up against Huddersfield Town

Sports Mole looks at how Tottenham Hotspur could line up for Saturday’s home Premier League match against Huddersfield Town. Tottenham Hotspur can consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League should they overcome bottom side Huddersfield Town in Saturday’s early kickoff. The Lilywhites have won just one of their last six top-flight matches, though that solitary win came last time out as they earned a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace. After seeing off Palace in the first official match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and following that up with a 1-0 win against Manchester City in the Champions League, Spurs are now aiming to make it three from three at their new home. Ahead of this weekend’s clash in North London, Sports Mole looks at how Mauricio Pochett...

Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League clash with Manchester City in London. Tottenham Hotspur will welcome Manchester City to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Spurs started life in their new ground with a win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday and will now be looking to secure a first-leg advantage ahead of their trip to the Etihad Stadium for the return fixture on April 17. Tottenham © Reuters Tottenham had to be patient when it came to their new stadium, but the finished product is stunning and they started life in their new ground with a 2-0 success over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday night. The occasion aside, it wa...

How Tottenham Hotspur could line up against Crystal Palace

Sports Mole looks at how out-of-form top-four hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur could line up against Crystal Palace for the first match in their £1bn new stadium. Tottenham Hotspur will finally make their first appearance at their £1bn stadium on Wednesday night when they welcome London rivals Crystal Palace to their brand new home. Spurs begin a new era desperately in need of an improvement in form, though, having picked up just one point from the last 15 on offer in the Premier League. Results this weekend saw Mauricio Pochettino‘s side slip down to fourth place in the table, now only in the Champions League spots on goal difference. Here, Sports Mole looks at how the North Londoners could line up as they attempt to return to winning ways on a momentous day for the club. Out: Fernando Ll...

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