Harry Kane was surprisingly upbeat following England’s 0-0 draw with the United States in Group B of the World Cup on Friday.
The Three Lions would have booked their place in the knockout stages with a win, but were outplayed by a hungry USA side.
Speaking to ITV post-match, Kane was keen to point out the importance of keeping a clean sheet in spite of England’s attacking woes and insists taking a point isn’t a bad result.
“It wasn’t our best performance, for sure,” he said. “We had some good spells with the ball, good positions, just didn’t quite have the final product. Great clean sheet, puts us in a good position in the group.
“[We missed] being clinical. I think the complete contrast to the other game against Iran [where] we took our chances really well. Today, we had two or three good opportunities that we didn’t quite put away. We played a tough team and we move on.
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“They pressed really well, we knew before the game they’d come out and make it really difficult for us. I thought at times we dealt with it well but they’re a good side and we have to respect them. A draw isn’t the end of the world for us. It pouts us in a great position.
“We know we can play better for sure. But no game is easy in the World Cup. After our first performance, people thought we were going to landslide every team we play but it’s not the case. They’re an organised team with quality players and we have to respect that.”
Nottingham Forest announce signing of Andre Ayew
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of free agent Andre Ayew despite interest from Everton.
The forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees in recent days, but Forest have swooped in to sign the Ghanian.
Speaking to the club’s official website after finalising the move, the forward said: “It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest.
“I know how big the club is and I know how much the club means to the city and the fanbase. It’s always been difficult whenever I’ve played against Forest and at The City Ground and I love the stadium.
“Steve Cooper is someone who knows me very well and knows how to work with me both on and off the pitch. We have a strong relationship, he’s a special coach and a special human being and someone who I really look up to.”
“I know what I can bring to the team, I’m ready to give my all and make sure that we are able to stay in the Premier League.”
Wolves vs Liverpool – Premier League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
Liverpool will be looking to make a statement with a Premier League trip to Wolves this weekend, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton last Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a league win in their last three attempts and have slipped as low as ninth in the table. Depending on what Chelsea do against Fulham on Friday night, the Reds could be 10th by the time they kick-off at Wolves.
Wolves are still yet to really find their groove under Julen Lopetegui, although at least remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference for the time being.
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Wolves team news
Wolves have no new injury concerns ahead of this one, with Pedro Neto, Boubacar Traore, Sasa Kalajdzic and Chiquinho all still sidelined.
Wolves predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, Nunes; Traore, Sarabia, Hwang; Jimenez.
Liverpool team news
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the latest Liverpool player to join the injury list, ruled out until at least mid-February with a hamstring problem.
Virgil van Dijk is also still out, as are Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. Arthur Melo is making progress but is a couple of weeks away from resuming training.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
It’s certainly feasible that Wolves could continue to pile the misery on Liverpool.
The Reds had beaten Wolves in seven consecutive meetings until a recent FA Cup tie ended in 2-2 draw at Anfield. It was then only a single goal that decided the replay in the Merseysiders’ favour.
Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Liverpool
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