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Sunday, June 17, 2018

World Cup Brief Stories

Here ’s a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:

Alli’ s superstitious streak

England ’s Dele Alli is so superstitious that he still wears the same “ battered” shin guards that he had in school. “ I dont know if anybody knows this but I've had the same shinpads since I was 11 ,” the
Tottenham midfielder told FIFA. com . The 22 - year - old is hoping the pads he has worn for half his life will bring him and England luck in their opener against
Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday . “ They are battered .
I am very superstitious, ” he revealed.

Sam Dunk

Samuel Umtiti resorted to self -deprecating humour to help alleviate the pain of his handball which led to an Australian penalty against France on Saturday . The Barcelona defender posted a photo on Instagram with his outstretched hand brushing the ball … into a superimposed basketball net . The accompanying emojis included one depicting derision , a hand , a pair
of popping out eyes , embarrassment , and a ‘what the hell ?’ icon. All ’s well that ends well though as Paul Pogba nabbed the winner for France .

Denmark dream of ’ 92

“ Perhaps it would be a good idea if we drink a beer and drive past McDonald ’s now and then . I will suggest that to the coach , ” said defender Jannik Vestergaard . When Denmark were late replacement for Yugoslavia at Euro ’92 and went on to win the tournament , their coach Richard Moeller Nielsen famously gave the players plenty of freedom –
including visits to fast -food outlets .

180… . degree turnaround

Journalists were barred from asking questions on who was winning darts tournaments between players at the England camp during an ill - fated campaign at Euro 2016 such was the tension between press pack and a protected squad. Two years on and the more relaxed , media friendly atmosphere encouraged by Gareth Southgate is seeing England ’ s finest take on and beat the journalists at the oche . Jordan Pickford followed Gary Cahill’ s example in winning the player -media match -up on Friday .

Mladen in the land of nod

“ Thanks , it ’s kind of you to be concerned, ” Mladen Krstajic to a journalist inquiring whether the Serbia
coach had managed to sleep ahead of his team opening their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica. He was right to be confident , they won 1 - 0. “ I can honestly say that I slept like a log . ”




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