Exclusive: ‘Confident’ Harry Kane says the title is Leicester’s to lose

first_imgHarry Kane has heaped further pressure on Leicester City by saying the Premier League title is now theirs to lose after Tottenham cut the gap to five points.The Englishman was again in fine form as Spurs thrashed Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia on Monday night to take advantage of the Foxes’ draw at home to West Ham on Sunday.And Kane admits that all his side can do is keep winning with Leicester in control of their own destiny with four games of the season remaining.“I think so,” said Kane when asked if the title was Leicester’s to lose.“All we can do it keep doing what we’re doing and keep winning games like we did tonight.“They’re in the driving seat, they’re five points clear, but like I said there are four games left and all we can do is go out there and put in performances like we did and win the games.”Kane scored two more goals on Monday night to take his Premier League goal tally to 24 for the season, meaning he has now scored more than the whole of the Aston Villa squad combined.The 22-year-old’s form is great news for England ahead of the European Championships this summer and Kane confesses that he believes he will score in every game he plays now.“Yeah, I have that confidence,” he added on Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar.“If I can get my shots off and find some space then hopefully I’ll score a couple of goals.“I feel confident and as a striker I think you need that and you need that belief that when you go out on the pitch you’re ready to score goals for your team.”last_img read more

Salem al-Dawsari snatches win for Saudi Arabia against Egypt

first_imgShare on Pinterest Luis Suárez leads way for Uruguay to spoil 10-man Russia’s party Read more Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn World Cup 2018 The Egypt coach, Héctor Cúper, has dismissed suggestions that Mohamed Salah is set to quit international football.The Liverpool forward is reportedly unhappy with the Egyptian FA at being used for political ends, includingbeing pictured with the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a man accused of numerous human rights violations. “And I am disappointed that we have lost two games – one in the 90th minute [Uruguay], and the other one in the 95th minute [Saudi Arabia]. That’s what makes me sad and disappointed.“I’m not going to give an evaluation one to 10 of my team. I think that a score from one to 10 is not the right thing to do.”Saudi Arabia’s win was their first success at a World Cup since they beat Belgium 1-0 in Washington at USA ’94. Their coach, Juan Antonio Pizzi, was pleased with how his players reacted to losing their two opening games and said it was up to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation to choose whether he will continue to lead the team.“The association will have to decide. It doesn’t depend on myself,” the former Spain forward said. “We’ll see what happens over the next few days. I am really, really happy with the players, the way they have responded.” Read more Saudi Arabia Egypt football team World Cup Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt: World Cup 2018 – as it happened Share on Twitter Egypt were based in the Chechen capital Grozny during the WorldCup, with Kadyrov making Salah an honorary citizen of the Russian republic.A miserable tournament for Cúper’s Pharaohs ended with a surprise 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia in Volgograd, which left them pointless and bottom of Group A.Speaking about Salah potentially quitting the national team, Cúper said: “I don’t think so, I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s true because all of those who are here – and those who couldn’t come – really, really support and appreciate the opportunity of playing for the national team, so I don’t think that’s true.”Both teams were already eliminated before this dead rubber following successive defeats against Uruguay and Russia.Salah lobbed Egypt ahead with their first World Cup goal from open play since 1934 but his celebration was notably subdued. The 25-year-old, who also scored with a penalty in the previous match against Russia, then missed a golden chance which could have helped them end the competition on a high.After Egypt’s 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary – the oldest player to appear at a World Cup – saved a penalty from Fahad al-Muwallad, the Green Falcons turned the game around thanks to a second spot-kick, converted by Salman al-Faraj, and Salem al-Dawsari’s dramatic injury-time winner.Despite finishing with three defeats from three games, Cúper felt his players performed well in Russia and were unlucky to lose two games to late goals. “I think we have played well. It’s true that the results weren’t good. We have lost all three matches,” said the Argentinian, whose contract expires at the end of the World Cup tournament. Topics match reports Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more