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No break needed – Dyche

first_imgBurnley boss Sean Dyche has no issue with Danny Ings playing for England Under-21s this summer. Dyche, speaking at a press conference, said: “Breaks at 22? In my holidays I used to go out in a field and play football when I was 17, 18, 19, 20, a bit of five-a-side with my mates. “I don’t over-think the idea of having these long breaks. I think they’ll be all right at 22. “I am sure these people are educated and savvy enough with sports science etc to make sure these players have some downtime before they go into any tournament or event, and look at it wisely. I trust in the professionalism of the national team as well as our own.” The Under-21 issue has resurfaced lately following Tom Ince’s decision to make himself unavailable and Harry Kane’s elevation to the senior side. Each case may be different, with one a club-based matter the other concerning the importance of the Under-21 team in relation to the senior side – but both could weaken Gareth Southgate’s Under-21 side this summer. In the case of Ings, Dyche believes the event could be hugely beneficial. He said: “I think it is just the experience of it, playing different styles of football and I think it is about being around other young players, other talented players, different voices, different styles, different analysis techniques. “We hope they learn from us, of course, but this is also for them to learn as a player, to become more rounded individuals as players.” The club-versus-country debate over the merits of playing in the European Under-21 Championship – this year to be played in the Czech Republic – is a recurring one but Dyche does not think Ings needs a break. Ings has caught the eye in the Barclays Premier League this season, scoring nine times for the relegation-battling Clarets. Kane has made an immediate impact with the England senior team as he scored on debut last week but has expressed a desire to still play for the Under-21s. Whether he does or not remains to be seen, as the 21-year-old Tottenham striker’s star continues to rise. Kane has been outstanding after breaking into the Spurs side this season and has found the net 30 times for club and country. His breakthrough campaign has come after loan stints of varying success at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester in previous seasons. Had things turned out differently he might even have ended up at Burnley – Spurs’ opponents on Sunday – for one of those spells. Dyche said: “I think he’s been a player most people would have looked at when he wasn’t in the side at Tottenham. “But he’s a good reflection of when us as managers speak about players going on loan, because loans don’t always have to be the glory loan. He’s had his ups and downs on loan but that can be a massive part of a young player’s development. “It can be that kind of process and you have to stick at it as a young professional.” When asked directly if he tried to sign Kane on loan, Dyche was cryptic. “We didn’t try to bring him here, other than the fact we tried to bring him here,” he said. Burnley have received praise this season for having a largely British squad. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke this week reiterated his fears for the future strength of the England team because of the high number of foreign players in the Premier League. Dyche said: “There isn’t an exact science, the way the FA are trying to take of grip of it is to try to crunch it down to a better chance of elite young players coming through the system. “They are searching hard to find the best solution and the best way, I believe, is playing in the Premier League. The earlier they can play and get that experience is the best learning curve.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Zouks crush the Warriors to reach first CPL final

first_imgTHE Cinderella Kids of this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) produced a major upset last night when they defeated last year’s finalist the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second semi-finals match of the tournament at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, San Fernando on Tuesday night.SCORES: Guyana Amazon Warriors 55 all out (13.4) versus the St. Lucia Zouks 56/0 (4.3) – Zouks won by 10 wickets and will now play the Trinbago Knight Riders in the final on Thursday. The TKR has earlier on Tuesday taken care of the Jamaica Tallawahs.Chasing just 56 runs for victory, the Zouks let loose the big hitter Rahkeem ‘Jimbo’ Cornwall and pocket dynamite Mark Deyal and they hammered the bowling to record the fastest completed chase in terms of balls to spare in an innings in the history of T20 franchise cricket.The chasing effort also tied for the 7th quickest chase in all Men’s T20 cricket. The Mumbai Indians used up only 5.3 overs to defeat the KKR in the very first season of IPL in 2008. Zouks did it six balls quicker. The previous fastest chase in CPL history was a target of 129 hunted down in just seven overs in 2017 by the Patriots.Cornwall finished with 32 not out off 17 balls with three sixes and two fours, while Deyal who had a brilliant all-round game scored 19 not out off 10 balls to add to his two wickets for two runs and a brilliant running catch to dismiss his cousin Nicolas Pooran. His effort landed the former TKR player the man of the match award.Earlier, inspirational skipper Daren Sammy won the toss and said: “After watching the first match and seeing rain possibly coming later on, ee want to restrict the Amazon Warriors to a low total and adjust our batting approach to the target.Well, this they did as Scott Kuggeliejn ripped out the heart of their top order with successive balls in the first over. He removed Brandon King and Shimroin Hetmyer shouldered arms and saw the lights. At that point, there was no turning back and by the fourth over the top four willow men in King, Hetmyer, Pooran, and Ross Taylor were back in the hut probably avoiding manager Omar Khan.All the Zouks bowlers were on their top game and the Warriors just failed to record the lowest ever CPL score of 52, which was made by the Red Steel back in 2013.A beaming Sammy speaking after the match said: “The way our boys have played, to the Zouks fans, they’ve been begging for something like that. I told the guys in the dressing room, this is not what we came here for. We didn’t come here to celebrate a semi-final. Nobody really gave us a chance. The guys we have, we have effective guys. We don’t have guys in the top 5 or 10 in runs but we play as a team. It’s a massive effort to get to the finals with the players we have. We wanted to win the toss and bowl first and we got that right. If you notice the games being played here at 5:30 pm, all the games with the team batting in the first innings in the day have not scored 100.I don’t know if it’s the dew falling on the wicket that makes it difficult batting first but I told Rawl Lewis I have a feeling we’ll restrict them under 100.But I did not foresee 55. Credit must go to Scott (Kuggeliejn). That over getting two of the main batters outset the tone. And then (Muhammad) Nabi getting Pooran, to me he’s been the best batter of the tournament and for Deyal to take that catch, that’s the kind of performances you want in a do-or-die game.”(Extracted from Trinidad Guardianlast_img read more