Tottenham and England forward Harry Kane welcomes arrival of second child

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Harry Kane has become a father for the second time.

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane is celebrating the arrival of his second child.

Kane’s fiancee Kate Goodland has given birth to Vivienne Jane Kane, with the Three Lions captain sharing the news on Twitter.

He wrote: “Our beautiful addition to the family! Vivienne Jane Kane. So proud of @KateGoodlandx for having the most amazing water birth with no pain relief at all #mygirls #hypnobirthing”

Kane, who captained his country to the semi-final of the World Cup and won the Golden Boot, already has one daughter, Ivy, born in 2017.

The 25-year-old has had a busy 48 hours after returning to pre-season training with Spurs on Monday following a three-week break after his exertions in Russia.

Kane had said that he would want to play in Saturday’s Premier League opener against Newcastle, but Mauricio Pochettino is likely to wait to see how he fares in training on Thursday and Friday.

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Tottenham's C-grade summer has seen usual transfer inaction hamper enthusiasm

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A new era awaits Tottenham Hotspur as they prepare to move into their revamped £800 million (Dh3.8 billion) home, but the same issues have bedeviled a frustrating pre-season.

The 62,062-seat venue in North London will provide the Premier League with yet another iconic arena when fellow title challengers Liverpool come to town on September 15.

A challenge awaits manager Mauricio Pochettino in his fifth campaign at the helm to take the final step and transform arguably the competition’s strongest XI into a team that wins silverware.

But the uncompromising figure of chairman Daniel Levy looms large. Spurs are the only side in the competition to come into the final week of the transfer window without making any first-team additions, or sales.

RESULTS

L 4-1 Girona

W 1-0 AC Milan

D 2-2 Barcelona

W 4-1 Roma

Tottenham have paid the price for their success.

Nine members of their celebrated roster made World Cup 2018’s semi-finals, meaning a depleted side was taken to the United States. This number included Golden Boot holder Harry Kane, France’s winning captain Hugo Lloris and key midfielder Dele Alli.

A situation, of course, that has not been helped by the dust collecting on the club’s chequebook.

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, Colombia’s Davinson Sanchez and South Korea’s Son Heung-min – who will be absent later this month because of the Asian Games – were all available for the 4-1 friendly victory against Roma in San Diego as their International Champions Cup commitments began in style.

French winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou then staked his claim to avoid another loan spell away with successive goals in the 2-2 draw with La Liga champions Barcelona in California and the 1-0 victory against AC Milan in Minneapolis.

This feel-good factor came to a shuddering halt in Girona when a Spurs side peppered with youngsters went down to a 4-1 loss.

The visitors had taken the lead through Brazil forward Lucas Moura’s fierce free-kick.

TRANSFER BUSINESS

Belgium v England: 3rd Place Playoff - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Key ins:

Key outs: Keanan Bennetts – Borussia Monchengladbach, undisclosed, Anton Walkes – Portsmouth, undisclosed

Levy has become infamous for leaving his dealings to the last minute and refusing to budge an inch.

The 56-year-old has become almost a parody of this image since 2017/18 came to an end.

Links to Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Tottenham’s Jack Grealish have, thus far, come to naught with Thursday’s deadline moving ever closer.

“We are working so hard but still we are like it’s the first day of the transfer window – with no signings,” Pochettino said.

“I think I am not the person to explain it.”

Spurs’ best piece of business came in June when captain Kane inked a six-year contract, putting talk of Real Madrid’s interest to bed.

But Pochettino’s mood is hardly likely to be lifted by the fact several high-profile departures may precede any arrivals.

Tottenham have been haggling all summer with Manchester United about Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld. Brinkmanship between Levy and opposite number Ed Woodward has seen last term’s runners-up linked to a number of alternative options as they attempt to put the squeeze on.

England left-back Danny Rose and Belgium centre midfielder Mousa Dembele are also reported to be available, if the price is right.

Alarm has also been caused by the expected decision of highly promising striker Reo Griffiths, who scored 33 goals for the Under-18s last season, to join Lyon.

TWO GOOD

Home is where the Hart is

All the teething problems and sense of temporariness during a year on the road at Wembley Stadium will have been worth it for 2017/18’s third-placed finishers when they step out at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Talk of a ‘Wembley curse’ grew interminable when Chelsea put a 19-game unbeaten home run to an end last August.

They would only fall to defeat once more, showing the character and resolve inherent within the ranks. Now, just one more fixture awaits under the arches – versus promoted Fulham on August 18 – before the big move.

White Hart Lane is change beyond all recognition. But 2016/17’s final campaign saw them go unbeaten in the top flight, also racking up a remarkable 14 victories in succession.

Upon such form are title challenges built.

Lucas is shining light

Brazil forward Lucas Moura was always likely to be a medium-term project for Spurs.

He arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in January after making just six substitute appearances in the first half of 2017/18.

Pochettino used his new buy sparingly in the Premier League, where his six run-outs generated one assist.

There are signs this patience was worthwhile. The highlight of the summer for him came with a two-goal haul against Roma.

TWO BAD

Fill in the gaps

Girona v Tottenham Hotspur - Pre-Season Friendly

Tottenham’s transfer inactivity could not have come at a worse time.

With World Cup absentees almost counted in double digits when the pre-season action began, Pochettino has had precious little time on the training ground to iron out any kinks or work on the tactical variations required to chase down runaway champions Manchester City.

It is only natural to feel frustration, even though Levy has always been renowned for his parsimony and a new stadium must be paid for.

There was also a sense that last term saw a backwards step taken by Spurs. Even one elite, early addition would have lifted the mood and sent out a message of intent.

Now, Spurs are left scrambling.

Son will be missed

A pragmatic agreement was reached with South Korea this month for forward Son Heung-min to potentially miss several matches at the Asian Games, with the wider prize of potentially dodging his nation’s 21-month military service if a gold medal is won.

Son will be present for August 11’s opener against Newcastle. But he could then be missing until September 2, during which three top-flight games will take place – including a visit to Manchester United.

With zero activity in the transfer market, Spurs will miss an electric attacker who plundered 12 Premier League goals last term.

VERDICT: C

08 08 Pre-season report card Tottenham

Spurs’ reticence and brinkmanship in the transfer market has overshadowed what should be a positive move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The fact that history repeats itself in almost every window does not lessen the frustration for Pochettino and the supporters.

Results have been mixed, albeit with the mitigation of World Cup absentees.

The pressure is on to turn promise into trophies. It will take a fevered Thursday to think Pochettino has been provided with the means to take this giant, final step.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi shows flashes of promise in Chelsea's Community Shield defeat to Manchester City

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Hudson-Odoi was a bright spot in an otherwise lacklustre display from Chelsea.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was the breakout performer of Chelsea‘s preseason, and the 17-year-old was duly handed a start in the Blues’ Community Shield fixture against Manchester City.

Unfortunately, though he showed flashes of his potential, he was just short of his preseason form and couldn’t prevent his side from falling to a 2-0 loss.

Here’s a closer look at his performance.

KEY STATS

Goals – 0

Assists – 0

Shots – 2

Shots on target – 1

Key Passes – 0

Passing Accuracy – 90%

Dribbles – 1

30-SECOND REPORT

Hudson-Odoi’s biggest advantage in preseason was that he was quicker than the defenders facing up to him. On Sunday, however, he had Kyle Walker lining up against him, and that pace advantage was negated, limiting the youngster’s effectiveness.

However, he still showed glimpses of the talent that had observers purring during the summer, outshining some of his senior Chelsea colleagues.

GOT RIGHT

Decision-making – The young Englishman was smart on the ball, completing some crisp passes in the final third and also showing an unexpected maturity. He wasn’t running up cul-de-sacs trying to dribble his way out of trouble – unlike Pedro, Chelsea’s other wide player.

Running at the defence – Hudson-Odoi’s pace and ability on the ball kept driving City back, even if they had him contained by the end.

GOT WRONG

Though Hudson-Odoi looked confident whenever he was on the ball, he seemed a little timid without it – he should have been demanding his teammates to find him more often. Only Alvaro Morata had fewer touches than his 35 among the Chelsea starters. Hopefully he gets more minutes and grows in confidence in order to command his team’s attention as much as opposing defences’.

VERDICT

Against a City defence well aware of the threat Chelsea’s young sensation poses, and well-equipped to deal with it, Hudson-Odoi still ended up being his side’s most dangerous attacking player. There are definitely kinks to work out in his game, and he wasn’t as effective as in his previous summer performances, but this was still a display full of promise.

RATING: 6/10

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