Former Tottenham Striker, Gilzean Dies At 79

Former Tottenham striker, Alan Gilzean

 

Former Tottenham striker Alan Gilzean died aged 79 on Sunday after reportedly being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

“Everyone at the club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our legendary former striker Alan Gilzean,” Spurs tweeted.

Gilzean — capped 22 times by Scotland, scoring 12 goals — formed fruitful partnerships up front for Spurs with England great Jimmy Greaves and Martin Chivers.

Greaves described Gilzean — they earned the nickname as Spurs’ ‘G-men’ — on Twitter as his best strike partner.

“Very sad to say Alan Gilzean passed away today,” read the statement on Greaves’s Twitter account.

“Another one of the greats has gone RIP from all of us associated with Jimmy. He loved you and always said you were the best striking partner ever.”

Gilzean had become hot property when he played a pivotal role for Dundee in their 1962 Scottish title victory and subsequent run to the European Cup semi-finals.

“Everyone at Dundee Football Club are devastated to learn that club legend Alan Gilzean passed away this morning after recently being diagnosed with a brain tumour,” tweeted Dundee.

In all he scored 150 goals in 190 appearances for the Scottish side but left in 1964 for Spurs, who paid a reported £72,500 after seeing off rival bids from Sunderland and Italian outfit Torino.

Gilzean scored 133 goals in 439 matches for the London club, winning four trophies during his spell there, the 1967 FA Cup, the 1971 and 1973 League Cups and the UEFA Cup in 1972, and earning the monniker ‘King of White Hart Lane’.

The Scottish Football Association said Gilzean was up with the best of Scottish football’s all-time “entertainers”.

Gilzean left Spurs after the 1974 UEFA Cup final defeat by Dutch side Feyenoord and played briefly in South Africa, followed by a short spell in management in England, but ended his working days at a transport company close to White Hart Lane.

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Injured Kane To Miss Man Utd Clash

 

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Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane reacts to a missed chance during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 27, 2017.
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Tottenham striker Harry Kane will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with title rivals Manchester United with a hamstring injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed.

The in-form 24-year-old left the field at Wembley holding his upper leg in the 87th minute after scoring twice in last weekend’s 4-1 win against Liverpool.

Spurs confirmed on Twitter that the England forward has been diagnosed with a “minor strain to the left hamstring”, and Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference on Friday that Kane will not be involved at Old Trafford.

“We can’t take the risk,” the Argentine said. “The doctor and medical staff made the decision to not take the risk. There is no sense in taking that risk and making the problem bigger.”

Pochettino acknowledged his disappointment at being without the prolific forward but insisted it was “only a small issue”.

“The players are not machines and it is so difficult to cope with international duty and playing every three days,” he added. “It is not a big problem, only a small issue, but he is not going to play (on Saturday).

“We don’t need to prove ourselves (without Kane). I think last season, in the period he was injured, you can see the stats and the games we played — win and lose with Harry, win and lose without Harry.

“I’m disappointed because he is our main striker and I think he is one of the best strikers in Europe, in the world, and always you are going to miss your best striker. I am not silly or stupid to talk in a different way.”

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PFA Awards: Hazard, Kante Among Nominees

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Eden Hazard and N’golo Kante have been named among the six nominees for the men’s PFA Players’ Player of the year award.

The Chelsea duo are joined by Manchester United Forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tottenham Striker, Harry Kane, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez on the full shortlist.

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez scooped the prize in 2016, while Hazard won the award during the 2014/15 campaign.

The 44th PFA Awards will be hold in London on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Rooney Injured, To Miss England vs. Spain Friendly

Wayne Rooney Injured, To Miss England vs. Spain FriendlyLiverpool midfielder, Jordan Henderson will captain England against Spain on Tuesday, with Wayne Rooney injured.

Wayne Rooney and left back Ryan Bertrand are injury doubts for the year-ending friendly as they were the only players absent from training on the eve of the meeting with Spain at Wembley.

Having started the previous game – a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia – on the bench, forward Rooney returned to lead the side in Friday’s World Cup qualifying win over Scotland.

He then missed training with a knee injury on Monday and later pulled out of the squad.

“Both are being assessed. They had minor issues this morning, so we’ll have a look at them as the game goes on,” said interim manager, Gareth Southgate, on Monday.

“Obviously, they weren’t able to train, so they must be a doubt, but until we look at them we won’t know for sure.”

Henderson, 26, captained England in their 0-0 draw in Slovenia in October when Rooney was dropped to the bench.

“I don’t think we can have just one captain,” Southgate said.

“We have several leaders. Too much responsibility has been on Wayne – we need to share that. Once you have a team of those leaders you can have a lot of success.”

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane will also not feature against Spain, having been released from the squad over the weekend as he recovers from injury.

The 23-year-old damaged an ankle against Sunderland on 18 September and only returned for 73 minutes of action against Arsenal on 6 November before joining up with the England squad.

He was an unused substitute for the 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley.