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Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Jun 30 10:59 PM
It’s not Eriksen or Dele, but it’s a start! We have transfer news to report! While it’s not Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen , or Son Heung-Min, Tottenham Hotspur announced the extensions of two contracts today — Development Squad midfielder Shilow Tracey and striker Kazaiah Sterling. We are delighte...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Jun 30 8:35 PM
Sonny didn’t deserve that. People are dumb. The South Korea n national team was eliminated from the World Cup in their last group stage match, but it was a close thing. Despite defeating defending World Cup champions Germany 2-0 (also eliminating Die Mannschaft), Korea was eliminated after Mexico...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Jun 30 1:00 PM
Southgate sat down with Harry about the team selection vs. Belgium, but said England’s captain was 100% on board. Many, many eyebrows — mine included — were raised when England ’s starting lineup was released for Thursday’s match against Belgium and it did not include Harry Kane. The Tottenham Ho...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Jun 30 12:29 PM
The World Cup continues with the first elimination matches of the tournament. Happy World Cuppin’, Carty-Free! Did you enjoy your one day break from football? I know I did. After two weeks of match coverage, it was nice to enjoy a day at the beach without worrying about the fact that I was missin...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Jun 29 6:21 PM
This means he will likely miss the beginning of the Premier League season. South Korea were eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday, but they still managed to exit the tournament on a high as they shocked Germany 2-0 to send the defending champions home from Russia. The South Korean team is al...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Jun 29 8:02 AM
I am going to miss you, Senegal. Hey, everyone! Feel free to guess what serious business Mousa Dembélé and Eric Dier are chatting about in the above picture. I’m sure there’s a joke about the result waiting. Ramble of the Day The World Cup’s final day of group stage matches saw the most cruel of...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Jun 28 9:58 PM
England lost the tie in a dull match, but arguably have the easier path to the World Cup semifinals. England and Belgium went into the final group stage match of the World Cup knowing that the winner would take the group, but the loser might end up in the easier half of the knock-out bracket. Tha...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Jun 28 3:11 PM
The Golden Boot leader will get a breather. Remember that article I posted yesterday that suggested that Harry Kane was very likely to start in the World Cup Group G final group stage match against Belgium ? Well, forget all that. According to the Telegraph, Jamie Vardy will make his first World...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Jun 28 2:32 PM
Basically it seems to boil down to “no Toby, no Anthony.” According to the Manchester Evening News, the negotiations that could take Anthony Martial from Manchester United to Tottenham Hotspur could “rumble on and on” for the foreseeable future . MEN is reporting that United have rejected an appr...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Jun 28 12:40 PM
This match will either be AMAZING or the most boringest of matches. Not sure which. Well, for Tottenham Hotspur fans this is the World Cup holy grail: it’s a group stage clash that could potentially feature up to eight Spurs players, assuming all of them play. The reality of this match is that bo...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Jun 28 8:04 AM
Another batch of World Cup obituaries. Hi, people! Wednesday brought simple and complicated victories for many, and naturally, a few eliminations along the way. I’m writing another for South Korea, since it was a bit premature for me to have written one, and things have changed quite a bit since...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Jun 27 10:08 PM
Both teams are hinting that they may rotate, but that rotation may not apply to the World Cup Golden Boot leader. Depending on how you look at it, there’s good news for England coming out of the Belgium camp today. According to BBC, Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Thursday’s G...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Jun 27 5:22 PM
A historic win for South Korea, but it wasn’t enough for them to advance. It’s sort of a good-news-bad-news thing. South Korea , knowing that the needed to beat Germany to have any chance of escaping their World Cup group, did exactly that today in Kazan. Kim Young-Gwon tucked away a close range...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Jun 27 3:05 PM
This seems weird! Happy Wednesday! Before the World Cup matches begin this morning/afternoon, let’s begin the day with another transfer rumor. If a report from French media outlet RMC is to believed, Spurs have launched a €26m bid for 25-year old Nice attacker Alessane Pléa. Interestingly, I can’...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Jun 27 12:00 PM
Groups C & D, you had your chance, It’s E & F’s turn now. Two weeks gone, can you believe it? The final round of the World Cup group stages continues with groups E & F, and there’s still a lot of drama and potential for excitement in both of these groups. Brazil , Switzerland and Serbia are battl...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Jun 27 7:50 AM
More planes leaving several western Russian cities. Hello, Hoddlers! I have had to file the Argentina obituary for later, but worry not, I have some others. Ramble of the Day Peru’s headline making victory allowed them to leave Russia on a high, but it came at the expense of Australia, who will a...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Jun 26 6:11 PM
Take THAT, kids! Oh look — another day and another interesting and mildly controversial interview from Danny Rose ! This time, it’s a talk with Sky Sports where Danny said that he wouldn’t encourage children to pursue a career in professional football , and hinted that “pressure” and “politics” a...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Jun 26 12:27 PM
Time to wrap up Groups C & D, and that includes a match by our sweet Danish prince. Yesterday was an exciting day of football that ended up being pretty predictable. The four teams we expected to qualify out of Groups A and B did so, but just in a different order. Spain went from nearly being eli...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Jun 26 7:30 AM
Thanks for the memories, Iran. Hey, everyone! Iran are the next team to leave Russia, and I am way less happy about it than I am about Poland. Ramble of the Day The unsettled Group B brought Monday’s lone World Cup elimination, with Iran having drawn the shortest stick. The team was emblematic of...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Jun 26 12:21 AM
And he should know! On Thursday, England will face Belgium in the final match of Group G, a match that will determine which of the two teams will top the group and which will finish second. The match will also reunite several Tottenham teammates, but this time against each other. England and Belg...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Jun 25 4:48 PM
The 24-year-old wants to leave Madrid, maybe Daniel Levy can buy him a plane ticket? There is no question that Tottenham Hotspur need to buy a midfielder this summer. Mousa Dembele is reportedly on his way out of the club, Harry Winks’ injury history is concerning, and Moussa Sissoko just isn’t v...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Jun 25 3:24 PM
After resting against Panama, it looks as though Dele may be fit in time for Thursday’s match. Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Dele Alli has returned to training ahead of the final game in the World Cup group stages. Dele picked up a minor thigh strain during England’s first match, a 2-1...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Jun 25 2:16 PM
The final round of the group stage starts now! We’ve been in a predictable pattern for the past two weeks in the World Cup : three games a day, at three separate times. That changes starting today. It’s the last round of the group stages, and to prevent collusion between teams, each group plays i...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Jun 25 7:30 AM
I have no respect for the dead. Hello, everyone. Saving Hoddles for the weekdays meant the obituaries piled up over the weekend, so I am about to throw five at you. Today’s music recommendation if you find yourself getting misty-eyed: The Fray’s “How to Save a Life.” Ramble of the Day As Friday’s...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Jun 24 8:24 PM
The World Cup scoring leader is irreplaceable. Harry Kane is now the World Cup ’s leading goal scorer heading into the third round of group stage matches. Kane scored a hat trick in England’s 6-1 pounding of Panama, and according to England manager Gareth Southgate, he’s poised to take his place...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Jun 24 3:27 PM
They all count! Harry Kane entered today’s World Cup match between England and Panama with two goals, two behind Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot. He left the game in the 66th minute as the Golden Boot leader, scoring a hat trick as England...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Jun 24 1:00 PM
Here’s your open thread for the OTHER World Cup matches on today. England-Panama may be over, but there are still two other matches to watch today. Here’s your open thread for Japan vs. Senegal and Poland vs. Colombia! The games and how to watch: Japan vs. Senegal — 11 am ET, 4 pm BST TV: FOX (US...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Jun 24 10:00 AM
Harry Kane and the Three Lions are a win away from qualifying for the Round of 16. England take on Panama today in the World Cup! Harry Kane has scored two goals for the Three Lions, but needs to bang in at least a couple more to keep pace with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo in...