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Tottenham Hotspur – 27 Jul 13:13

Man Utd and Liverpool missing from EFL Trophy draw

Manchester United and Liverpool were among a number of Premier League clubs who were missing from the EFL Trophy group-stage draw on Wednesday after rejecting invitations from the Football League to include their academy sides in the revamped competition.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all opted against taking part, but the inclusion of Leicester and Chelsea will be considered a boost by the Football League.

It was announced in June that, in an attempt to refresh the competition formerly known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, 16 ‘category one’ academy outfits would be invited to join the 48 sides from League One and League Two.

But a number of teams initially invited passed up the chance to be involved, with fixture clashes and the number of games already played by academy sides among the reasons believed to have been given for the rejections.

Recently-relegated Newcastle joined 15 Premier League sides in being invited but also declined the chance to be involved, with the Football League extending the invitation to other category one academies in order of where the first team finished in the league standings last season.

The five teams who decided not to enter therefore saw their offers given instead to Norwich, Aston Villa, Brighton, Derby and Wolves and, with Villa deciding against taking part, Reading were also welcomed.

The reformatted tournament will see 64 teams split into 16 groups of four, on a north/south regional basis, each containing an invited club and they will play each other once, with the invited club playing one game at home.

The draw, made to little fanfare on Twitter, saw Chelsea grouped with Swindon, Exeter, Oxford.

Leicester will face Sheffield United, Walsall and Football League newcomers Grimsby while Everton meet Bolton, Cheltenham and Blackpool.

One of Coventry, Wycombe or Northampton will get an early look at West Ham’s new Olympic Stadium home, or London Stadium as it will be known.

Swansea landed an all-Welsh tie with Newport as well as games against AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth while Southampton take on Charlton, Colchester and Crawley.

Stoke were grouped with Bradford, Morecambe and Bury, West Brom face Luton, Millwall and Gillingham and Middlesbrough will meet Scunthorpe, Cambridge and Shrewsbury.

Teams will earn three points for a win and a point for a draw, but if the scores are tied after 90 minutes an extra point will go to the winner of a penalty shoot-out.

The group stages will start in the last week of August, with the knock-out rounds beginning at the start of December and the final on April 2, 2017.

The top two from each group will then proceed to a regional knock-out round of 32, with the rounds of 16, eight and four being free draws.

These will all be single ties and will be settled by penalties after 90 minutes, although that may change for the semi-final and Wembley final.

Newcastle said they rejected the offer, having been told from the outset they would not be involved and having therefore made other plans.

“The club was initially informed by the Premier League that it was not going to be invited to compete in the restructured competition,” Newcastle said in a statement.

“Accordingly, the club started to make plans with regard to the development squad for the coming season. These plans included the intention to loan out some of the players who are currently part of the under-23 squad, rather than allowing them to compete in the Premier League 2.

“Changes to the loan system, which come into effect this season, mean all loans must now be completed on a window-to-window basis, with emergency and youth loans no longer permissible. These regulations are a contributory factor to the club’s decision.

“Though Newcastle United did subsequently receive an invite to compete in the EFL Trophy, the club feels their younger players would be better served by going out on loan and gaining experience over an extended period in a first-team environment.

“Although Newcastle United supports the principle of the competition’s new format, participating in the EFL Trophy is not something the club wishes to do this season.”

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Tottenham Hotspur – 26 Jul 15:57

Premier League chief ?open to idea of winter break?

Richard Scudamore has responded to Sam Allardyce’s call for a winter break by revealing his belief it has “more prospects than I can remember”.

He also said, however, that “something has to give” for one to be agreed, and that an agreement cannot be reached until the next Premier League broadcasting deal is discussed in late 2017 at the earliest.

On Monday – Allardyce’s first day as England manager – the 61-year-old said a mid-season break “would help the Premier League and us at international level if we could achieve that”.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn recognised that one could not be in place before the 2019-2020 season. Premier League executive chairman Scudamore has added the organisation remains “open-minded” to it, but that there remain numerous hurdles to overcome.

“There are more prospects for it than I can remember,” said the 56-year-old at the launch of Premier League 2, a competition that will succeed Under-21s football for the 24 teams involved.

“The Football League and the FA, Martin Glenn particularly, wants to see it happen,” added Scudamore.

“We are having discussions but it’s not easy due to the calendar of different competitions. If it can practically work we are up for listening to it. We are open-minded and keen if we can make it work. We have widened it out to the stakeholders with what is possible

“We all know what we have to do to create space and something has to give. It would have to be decided by (the) next TV market (agreement), which is sometime end of 2017, and start of 2018. “

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Tottenham beaten in International Champions Cup opener

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Spurs, who travelled to Australia without Harry Kane and the remainder of their England contingent but gave starts to new signings Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, trailed 2-0 at half-time.

Dominic Ball was dispossessed in the sixth minute and the mistake was immediately punished when Paulo Dybala struck the opener.

Another error – this time a poorly-cleared corner – enabled Medhi Benatia to nod home the second shortly after.

It was now Juventus’ turn to get caught in midfield and Erik Lamela reacted with a fine finish into the bottom-right corner.

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Tottenham Hotspur – 26 Jul 11:09

?Tottenham fan? Fernando Torres predicting Spurs title success

Fernando Torres has tipped Tottenham to win the Premier League title soon – after admitting his affection for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Tottenham missed out on a first top-flight title win since 1961 last season, battling Leicester for the crown until the final two matches.

Pochettino’s side eventually capitulated in their quest, finishing 11 points behind the Foxes, and third behind bitter rivals Arsenal.

Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama have arrived at White Hart Lane for a combined £28m as Tottenham look to build on their recent progress this coming season, and the club are now on their pre-season tour of Australia.

They will face Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup on July 29, and Torres – who rejoined the Spanish side permanently this summer – described them in glowing terms.

“It’s an amazing club, they have amazing fans,� he said. “When I was in England, it was always special to go to White Hart Lane and play against them.

“Pochettino is doing a great job mixing these talented young players they have with more experienced players.

“They’re doing things really well. Last season they were really close to winning the Premier League and they are on their way, but in the future they will do it.�

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Tottenham Hotspur – 26 Jul 10:55

I nearly quit football, admits £17m Spurs new boy Janssen

Tottenham’s recent £17million signing Vincent Janssen has admitted he almost quit professional football before finally breaking through at AZ Alkmaar.

Holland striker Janssen became Tottenham’s most expensive signing of the summer when he joined from the Dutch outfit earlier this month.

The 22-year-old spent only one year in the Eredivisie before moving to the Premier League, having struggled to establish himself in the Netherlands.

Janssen was released from his youth contract with Feyenoord in 2013, before joining lower league Almere City.

He impressed sufficiently to earn his move to AZ two years later, but has admitted that he almost quit the sport.

“I had to make a decision: am I going to go for the football or make another choice,� Janssen told ESPN.

“When you play in the Dutch second division, it’s not like you can live off that for your whole life. I said to myself: ‘I’m going to invest, I’m going to try it one more time.’ And I got a really good club, a really good coach and pushed myself.

“It’s gone crazily fast. It’s happened. I always trusted myself. I said to myself: ‘Ok, I’m going for it now and I’m going to do everything for it and if it’s not going work, I can say I did everything for it.’ It was going very well at Almere City, so I could make a big step in two years.

“I liked football too much to quit it, but at that moment it was now or never. And if it wasn’t going to be what I wanted, I had to make a choice. I said to myself: “One time more I’m going to give everything for it�, and you can see what can happen.

“My feeling at Feyenoord was not that good. I never felt really comfortable. Feyenoord made a choice at that moment and I made a choice to go on. Sometimes, it not always going how you want it to go is helpful.

“I was not feeling comfortable there, so I had to fight for myself. That’s what I learned there. Sometimes when it doesn’t go well, you have to fight. So that’s what I did.

“The past has happened and you have to look to the future. You have to go on, and that’s what I’m telling myself every game. To play a good game every game, you have to stay there again. I don’t look back on history. I want to look forward to the future.�

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