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Gareth Southgate to extend England’s overseas policy despite Sanchez snub

Gareth Southgate is ready to extend England’s policy at looking at overseas players for the national team.

It has always been a lively debate around whether players should be born in England, what constitutes being English and yet the Football Association are not afraid to widen the net.

They did have a flirtation with former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj who eventually opted to play for Belgium while former England boss Sam Allardyce admitted they tried to tempt Steven N’Zonzi during his brief tenure.

The latest was Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez who opted to play for Spain and is in their Euros squad but England did make enquiries and an approach.

Sanchez, 23, moved to England at 15 to join Brighton, they could have looked at fast tracking a UK passport and yet he decided to join up with Spain in March.

Robert Sanchez was approached by Gareth Southgate and England

That perhaps highlights that they are ready to carry on looking overseas for new talent and, despite England boasting a rich vein of stars in attack, they are ready to carry on identifying overseas players who may be eligible to play for the Three Lions.

Tottenham’s shake-up

A summer shake-up is underway at Tottenham this summer.

The managerial merry-go-round has been a soap opera which saw them miss out on Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and now are set on ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.

Tottenham have already brought in Fabio Paratici in a director of football role to help oversee a summer of transfer activity when they might have to be clever in the market and what they do may also depend on sales.

However, there is also plenty of talk in football over what happens next for the club’s Director of Technical Performance Steve Hitchen.

Tottenham are set on Fonseca

The arrival of Paratici raises an obvious question but the pair are good friends, the feeling at Tottenham is that Daniel Levy still respects Hitchen, would never want to see him go but whether he would want to carry on long term in a new set-up is another matter.

Meanwhile, any chance of Harry Kane leaving this summer looks no further forward with the Euros kicking off. That bold claim of wanting his future resolved by the Euros was always unlikely but surely there is no way Levy would sell under the current circumstances.

Marceloa Biesla coaches under-11s

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has written his name into football folklore in Yorkshire – and his latest adventure will only strengthen his legendary status.

The Argentine coach put on a tracksuit and trainers this week and, while other Premier League bosses have jetted off on holiday, he took an under-11s training session for some local kids.

Bielsa has been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League – and no wonder when he does wonderful things like this.

Tickets still available for Euros

UEFA have emailed round fans to offer tickets for Euro fixtures – and, incredibly, Spain’s game with Slovakia in Sevilla on June 23 is not sold out.

Ticket holders who had seats refunded or were contacted in the ballot amid reduced stadium capacities are being offered the chance to see other games.

Among those still up for grabs are Croatia v Czech Republic in Glasgow on June 18 and Finland v Belgium in St Petersburg on June 21.

Seven games in total are not sold out which is surprising bearing in mind stadiums have reduced capacities.

Sven reveals referee contact after Euro 2004

Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has revealed he contacted referee Urs Meier after Euro 2004 because the Swiss official got so much stick.

Referee Meier became public enemy No1 after disallowing Sol Campbell’s late effort in the quarter final against Portugal – even though no-one could understand why. That denied England victory and they went out on penalties.

Eriksson rang former World Cup referee Meier because he heard he was getting threats and he told Absolute Radio’s Rock N Roll football show: “Because the children refused to go to school and things like that.”




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