Spurs' World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris banned from driving for 20 months

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Tottenham‘s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has admitted being more than twice the drink-drive limit when he was stopped in the early hours by police in central London.

The 31-year-old Frenchman, who captains the north London side, admitted a charge of drink driving at Westminster magistrates Court on Wednesday.

He was fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months.

Lloris was driving his 2018-plate Porsche Panamera along Gloucester Place, Marylebone, on August 24 when he was pulled over during a routine stop by police.

The court heard Lloris provided a sample containing 80 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes.

Prosecutor Henry Fitch said police in an unmarked car spotted Lloris’ vehicle driving at 15mph in a 30mph zone.

He also veered his car “towards parked vehicles” before correcting himself.

France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final

When police stopped the vehicle, they discovered vomit and said Lloris had to be helped from the car.

Defending, David Sonn said Lloris’ “spectacular fall from grace was not lost” on the goalkeeper.

The court heard the goalkeeper had been dining in a restaurant and was showered with drinks from fellow diners.

Lloris, wearing a dark suit and no tie, was flanked by two members of his entourage as he made his way from his vehicle into the court, confronted by dozens of photographers and video journalists.

Lloris, of East Finchley, north London, signed for Spurs from Lyon in 2012, making 209 appearances in the Premier League and keeping 75 clean sheets.

He has also won more than 100 international caps and lifted the World Cup during the summer, after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final.

He did not make the squad for Spurs’ last league match, a 2-1 defeat at Watford, on September 2.

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Liverpool's Naby Keita admits it will take time to be at his best

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Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita says it will take time to justify the £52 million (Dhs 248.8m) fee the club paid him.

The 23-year-old Guinea international – who is expected to start Saturday’s match with Tottenham – told the Liverpool club magazine that it is only normal that it is taking him time to acclimatise to the Premier League after moving from RB Leipzig in July.

Keita signed for the Reds in August 2017 but with the condition he remained with the German side until this season.

“I’ve been told by many people that a lot of overseas players come into the Premier League and they take time to integrate, depending on the circumstances,” he said.

“So playing in the Premier League can be difficult, but I am very motivated to play here, not just for myself and my teammates, but for the club.

“Everybody around me has been very supportive towards me so I am certainly giving everything I can to get settled into the team quickly.”

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Lucas Torreira can be Arsenal's N'Golo Kante says ex-Gunners midfielder Gilberto Silva

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Lucas Torreira has started impressively at Arsenal.

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva says new signing Lucas Torreira can play the same role for the Gunners that N’Golo Kante has perfected for Chelsea.

The Uruguayan was signed from Sampdoria in the summer, and went on to impress at the World Cup before joining Arsenal, where he has made appearances in each of the club’s first four Premier League games, though all from the bench so far.

Arguably, Arsenal have yet to find an adequate replacement at defensive midfield since Gilberto left the club in 2008, but Torreira is the signing meant to change that record, and he has his predecessor’s backing.

“I watched him in the World Cup,” Gilberto told Goal.

“He did a very good job. If you see the way he plays, he plays the game very simply, he makes things easy for himself on the field.

“He gives protection to the back four and support to the guys up front, he tries to find the best spot to be in. The protective instinct is very natural for him.

“Before he arrived none of the other players were the kind who would sit in front of the back four. It’s a hard job, not everyone wants this job.”

Gilberto was asked about Kante, who won two straight Premier League titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17, with Leicester City and then Chelsea respectively. The Frenchman went on to form part of the fulcrum of France’s World Cup-winning side this summer, and is now generally recognised as one of the top practitioners of his role in the game.

“Of course, you have Kante at Chelsea,” Gilberto said.

“He’s a small player. It’s about how smart they are to play in this position, to find the best ball to give, play nice and simple.”

The Brazilian believes Torreira can have the same impact as the more-feted Kante.

“I hope so. The Premier League is not easy. You have to work hard to be considered a top player and progress game to game, season to season.

“But he’s got the potential. We saw that at the World Cup, where he did a great job for Uruguay.

“Not only this position but football has changed a lot. The way it’s played, the passion of the Premier League, it’s totally different from 10-15 years ago but you have to try and adapt.”

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