Tottenham star Dele Alli confident he can keep emotions in check with England at World Cup

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Dele Alli.

England midfielder Dele Alli insists he has no concerns about losing his cool at the World Cup.

The Tottenham playmaker has become a target as opposition players attempt to take advantage of his fiery streak.

But Alli, who claims he has never seen footage of David Beckham’s red card against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup, expects his football to do the talking in Russia.

“I am a big believer that you have to make mistakes to learn from them,” the 22-year-old was quoted as saying by various newspapers.

“And, yeah, I feel I learned from the things I’ve done before, but it’s not -something I worry about at all.

“I haven’t seen the incident with -Beckham but, you know, I feel I’ve got -everything under control.

“That (opponents winding him up in Russia) is not going to be a problem.

“Obviously, I’ve done some things -before and people seem to think that will be a problem – but it’s not.”
Meanwhile, former England defender Rio Ferdinand has backed Raheem Sterling to shrug off the criticism aimed at him.

A gun tattoo on Sterling’s right leg became the subject of national debate over the past week and the Manchester City forward has struggled to replicate his club form at international level.

But Ferdinand believes Sterling is peaking at the right time and could be a key player for England at the World Cup.

“There is always going to be one scapegoat and people then pick out that scapegoat and abuse him,” he told several newspapers.

“What I love about Raheem is that he has thick skin. He’s a hard worker. He’s someone who wants to do well and he’s a learner. And I think we’ve seen that this year. He’s been educated by Pep Guardiola, he’s taken it all on board and we’re seeing the player that we all believed he could be.

“He had more talent and more ability and he’s being pushed and coached in the right way and he’s flourishing.

“Becks had it once, Phil Neville had it. Things happen in a tournament and it just triggers people into saying, ‘He’s the guy’.

“Raheem’s stats and his game this year speak for themselves. But can he transfer that into an England shirt?

And we’ve had problems down the years, different players not doing that. John Barnes was a player who couldn’t do that, who got stick. Chris Waddle got stick for stuff like that.

“So we’ve seen that happen down the years. I think in my era Michael Owen and Becks are probably the only players who did as well if not better in an England shirt than they did in their club team.”

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Didier Deschamps 'totally secure' in France job, despite Zinedine Zidane speculation

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Zinedine Zidane (r) and Didier Deschamps (l).

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has declared head coach Didier Deschamps should feel “totally secure” in his position, despite the fresh availability of Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane, 45, stunningly resigned from Real Madrid last week after he lifted a third-successive Champions League title. This has caused speculation that a poor World Cup 2018 campaign for his fellow World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000 winner could lead to the sack.

But speaking to RMC, Le Graet confirmed Les Bleus plan to honour Deschamps’ contract that runs out after Euro 2020.

He said: “Zidane can sign in Juventus tomorrow, I don’t know anything. You were surprised, me too, but don’t create a debate [about] ‘Didier-Zizou’, it’s not serious.

“We start the World Cup with Didier. He signed a contract at least until 2020. And fortunately.

“Imagine if I didn’t do that… It’s better to be totally secure, the problem is not there now.”

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Nigeria World Cup kit is a sell-out with fans as players wear new strip during England friendly

David Cooper 3/06/2018
Nigeria's kit is already being called the best of the World Cup shirts.

Nigeria’s kit for the World Cup has been rated among the best of the strips that will be on show in Russia this summer – and the fans certainly agree.

Both home and away shirts sold out within three minutes of them being made available online, while fans queued up outside Nike’s flagship store in London to get their hands on the new kit.

The green and white jersey features a feathered pattern in homage to the Super Eagles team from 1994, when Nigeria made their World Cup debut.

Despite the kit only officially being released on Friday, copycat versions had been spotted in markets of Nigeria’s capital, Lagos, one week ago, with demand from fans underlining the popularity of the new design.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi were among the stars who modelled the kit for its launch in February. The team debuted the kit on Saturday for their World Cup warm-up friendly against England.

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