West Ham's Andy Carroll apologises to David Moyes, returns to training

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll has apologised to manager David Moyes and returned to training following a row over his behaviour when leaving the bench early against Manchester City on Sunday, Press Association Sport understands.

Carroll, an unused substitute, headed down the tunnel at the London Stadium before the end of the match, which the Hammers lost 4-1.

It is understood the striker refused to apologise for the incident during training on Monday, and was subsequently sent home.

The squad were given Tuesday off, but on Wednesday Carroll returned to training again having apologised to Moyes.

Press Association Sport understands everyone at the club now considers the matter settled, with focus on Saturday’s Premier League trip to Leicester when West Ham will resume their relegation battle just three points clear of the drop zone.

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Mauricio Pochettino hails Hugo Lloris as one of the best goalkeepers in the world

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Hugo Lloris showed why he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Tottenham‘s win over Watford, boss Mauricio Pochettino says.

Spurs reasserted themselves in the race for a Premier League top-four finish by moving five points clear of Chelsea, thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane at Wembley on Monday night.

It was far from a vintage performance from Pochettino’s side, though, and they were reliant on Lloris to pull off a number of saves to keep his side in the lead.

The France international’s display marked a triumphant return to form after he produced some costly errors in recent weeks and was then left out of the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United.

His quality has never been in doubt for Pochettino, though.

The Argentinian said: “I talk a lot, very well of him, the keeper with us their job is to be focused with us for 90 minutes, but to also
help the team because our defensive line is higher.

“We demand a lot from the keeper and we are so happy with all, I think we have great keepers. Hugo is one of the best, Michel (Vorm) can play in any team in the Premier League and Paulo (Gazzaniga) is a potential great keeper.

“Of course, I think he showed he is brave, performance, quality he showed he is one of the best in the world, no doubt.

“Always it’s important, a clean sheet for a keeper is so, so important.

“A big satisfaction for him, I’m happy for him and of course for the team.

“It wasn’t a great performance, we cannot be too happy with the performance, but we can be happy about the three points and we keep fighting for the top four and a place in the Champions League.”

Javi Gracia took charge at Vicarage Road on January 21 and has yet to see his side score an away goal since his arrival.
Watford have now taken just two points from their last seven league games and, although highly unlikely, they could still be dragged into a battle for survival.

Midfielder Etienne Capoue believes an upturn is on the horizon.

He told the club’s official website: “The result was not for us and we were not clinical and it is a big disappointment.
“We created a lot of chances, we are playing in the right way so we are going to score next Saturday, I feel it, we worked very hard and we are going to get a result.”

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Mauricio Pochettino adamant Harry Kane will be 100 per cent fit for England at World Cup

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Harry Kane answered his critics with a goal in Tottenham‘s Premier League win over Watford before boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted he would be raring to go for England at the World Cup.

Striker Kane scored the second goal in a 2-0 victory over the Hornets at Wembley to move Spurs closer to securing a top-four Premier League finish.

The 24-year-old was mocked by the FA Cup’s official Twitter feed last week following Manchester United’s semi-final win, something boss Mauricio Pochettino called “embarrassing”, and the England striker responded the only way he knows how by banging in his 27th league goal of the season.

Kane netted after the break, following Dele Alli’s first-half opener, to give on-looking England boss Gareth Southgate plenty to smile about.

The striker has also faced jokes at his expense after he claimed a goal, originally credited to Christian Eriksen, in a recent win at Stoke.

An ankle injury has also affected Kane in recent weeks but Pochettino believes he will be firing on all cylinders by the time the Three Lions begin their World Cup against Tunisia on June 18.

Asked if Kane could play himself back to 100 per cent before the tournament, Pochettino replied: “Yes of course.

“He’s a strong guy and physically and mentally. I am sure that, first of all, he will perform for us and no doubt he will arrive in very good condition for the World Cup.

“He needs to improve his performance still but I’m happy, 150 games, 105 goals, what more can we say, he is a fantastic striker.

“It wasn’t a great period for him in the last last few weeks, he’s human like anyone and a little bit affected but with the help of everyone he’s doing well.”

Spurs eased to victory but had to rely on Hugo Lloris to keep out Watford on a number of occasions.

Deli Alli stung Spurs into life against the Hornets.

Deli Alli stung Spurs into life against the Hornets.

The France international was praised by Pochettino after the win as Lloris’ display extended the Hornets’ woeful away form.

Javi Gracia took charge at Vicarage Road on January 21 and has yet to see his side score an away goal since his arrival.

Watford have now taken just two points from their last seven league games and, although highly unlikely, they could still be dragged into a battle for survival.

Gracia, however, is only looking up in the table and targeting the club’s best-ever Premier League finish.

They would need seven points to equal the 45 points achieved in 2015/16 but that is what the Spaniard is now aiming for with just three games remaining.

“If you ask me about the position in the table, my target is to improve and get the best position for this club we can. I prefer to be optimistic. The next game will be important for us,” he said.

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