Danny Rose has launched a furious tirade against plans to bring back Premier League football, insisting it should be far from a priority.

The United Kingdom's government confirmed on Monday that professional sport cannot resume until at least June 1 even behind closed doors as it laid out its "roadmap" to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier League clubs held further talks with league officials on Monday to try to end the deadlock over plans to resume the season, with teams opposed to the idea of staging games at neutral venues.

Richard Masters, the Premier League's chief executive, said they are "working flat out to create a responsible, safe, and deliverable model to complete the season", with June 12 said to be the prospective date to resume matches.

The government is said to be keen on seeing football return as a means of boosting the morale of the UK, which has been in lockdown since March.

But Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle United from Tottenham, says it would be ludicrous to bring back the game until there has been a significant reduction in COVID-19 cases.

"The government is saying we are bringing football back because it is going to boost the nation's morale," he said in an Instagram live session.

"I don't give a f*** about the nation's morale. People's lives are at risk. Football shouldn't even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.

"It's b******s. We'll see. I'm supposed to tested on Friday, so we will just have to wait and see.

"I didn't even listen to the announcement [on Sunday] - no football until June 1 or something. I don't even pay attention to any of that. I'm sad people are getting sick and being affected but football should be the last of things that needs to get sorted."

According to The Times, the Premier League will now ask the government to reconsider the directive that matches should be held at neutral venues.

The Bundesliga is the only one of Europe's top-five leagues to be close to a return, with matches due to be held from May 16.

Jose Mourinho will bring silverware to Tottenham and justify the club's decision to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino, according to Gustavo Poyet.

The Portuguese took the helm at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last November after Spurs sprung a surprise by ending Pochettino's five-year reign.

While Pochettino transformed the club into top-four regulars and reached the 2019 Champions League final, he failed to win a trophy.

Poyet, who finished his playing career with the London club, conceded it was a debatable call to get rid of Pochettino but is confident Mourinho – one of the most decorated managers in history – will bring success.

"It's difficult to say if it was right or wrong [to sack Pochettino] because you don't know what the board was thinking," he told Stats Perform.

"From outside, it looks like, okay, they were through a spectacular five years with Pochettino, who did incredible things and the way he made that team play football and the way he was able to keep the momentum and get into a Champions League final in an incredible year, with incredible games. 

"But they decided to change that and go more for a manager [Mourinho] who looks to win things, which is what the Tottenham fans were looking for. 

"Now, if it was right or wrong, time will tell. What I say in the time he did the job is, if you give him three years at the club, I will be surprised if he doesn't win a trophy. I will be very surprised. 

"Maybe he's unlucky and next year we don't have the League Cup and there will be one trophy less to play for, but he knows how to get players to play for important games. 

"Cup competitions, on the day, it's totally different. I was lucky in certain times to win trophies, but always in cup competitions.

"I was part of teams, like Chelsea, where we were very good on the day. 'It's today, or nothing tomorrow'. And that day, I was lucky to participate in teams that were able to win those games."

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has completed his mandatory military service and was an award winner in South Korea.

Son returned to his homeland after the Premier League season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 27-year-old took the opportunity to complete a three-week period of military training with a Marine Corps unit in Jeju.

Officials told the Yonhap News Agency that Son was awarded the 'Pilsung' prize for being one of the best performers, perhaps unsurprisingly excelling with his shooting skills.

Son is due to return to London next week as clubs await news of when they will be back in action.

South Korea star Son was exempted from the mandatory 21-month military service after leading the national team to a gold medal at the Asian Games in September 2018.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man suffered a broken arm in February but appears ready to fire on all cylinders when Spurs are cleared to return.

One could argue Manchester United have still not recovered from the departure of the great Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson quit after leading United to the 2012-13 Premier League title, the 13th of his reign and their 20th in total. He won the Champions League twice, too.

United have toiled in the intervening years, unable to replace one of sport's all-time finest leaders.

The announcement of Ferguson's exit came on May 8, 2013, allowing us to reflect on that news among other notable sporting events on this day.
 

2004 - Controversy as Marquez makes recovery

Few boxers are able to recover from the sort of first-round barrage Manny Pacquiao inflicted upon Juan Manuel Marquez in their 2004 featherweight title fight.

And, as it turned out, Marquez should not have been able to either.

The Mexican was sent to the canvas three times before the first round was up and, although he subsequently outboxed Pacquiao, Marquez would have narrowly lost but for a scoring error.

Burt Clements judged the bout 113-113, prompting a draw as Guy Jutras and John Stewart went 115-110 each way. But Clements scored the opening round 10-7 to Pacquiao, rather than 10-6, and later acknowledged: "I screwed up."

Pacquiao had to wait almost four years to defeat Marquez - again by split decision - before another disputed verdict went in his favour in 2011. A year later in their fourth encounter, Marquez took the judges out of the equation with a brutal sixth-round knockout of his great rival.
 

2013 - Ferguson leaves a champion

Having suffered final-day pain at the hands of rivals Manchester City in 2011-12, Ferguson made sure to bow out on a high with the 2012-13 Premier League crown.

After 26 years at the helm, the Scot confirmed his departure on May 8 - this time not backtracking on this decision as he had in 2001.

David Moyes and Jose Mourinho were among the early favourites to replace Ferguson, with the former appointed on the outgoing manager's recommendation.

Moyes' stint was short and unsuccessful, though, and neither Louis van Gaal, Mourinho nor now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been able to add to United's tally of 20 top-flight championships.
 

2014 - Beckham and Donald arrive in NFL

It is six years since some of the most prominent names in the NFL were drafted, with Odell Beckham Jr and Aaron Donald both selected in 2014.

Beckham went to the New York Giants with the 12th pick, establishing himself as a star at wide receiver before moving on to the Cleveland Browns last year.

Donald is now a two-time Defensive Player of the Year but then followed one pick after Beckham, going to the St Louis Rams. Khalil Mack was another standout at number five.

But the first overall pick was used by the Houston Texans to secure Jadeveon Clowney. Traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2019, the defensive end is now a free agent looking to put persistent injury troubles behind him.
 

2019 - Another Champions League classic

Just 24 hours after Liverpool stunned Barcelona with a 4-3 aggregate semi-final win, the 2018-19 Champions League was at it again.

Tottenham looked down and out when Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech netted for Ajax to add to their 1-0 first-leg lead, with Mauricio Pochettino's men needing three goals in Amsterdam.

However, Lucas Moura netted twice in the space of five second-half minutes, and Spurs kept pushing deep into stoppage time.

With 96 minutes on the clock, Moura struck once more to seal his hat-trick and Tottenham's place alongside Liverpool in the final, leaving a previously inspired young Ajax side bruised and beaten on the turf.

The Champions League delivered drama in droves last season.

With the 2019-20 competition on hold for now, it is the perfect opportunity to remember just how crazy Europe's premier competition became 12 months ago.

In a run of games from early March to early May, the Champions League churned out a succession of classic contests that will live long in the memory.

Here we look back at three months where Europe's grown-up football tournament started behaving like a devil-may-care teenager and was all the better for it.

March 5, 2019: Real Madrid 1 Ajax 4 (3-5 agg)

Ajax's team of fearless young stars produced one of the great Champions League campaigns.

Despite their impressive display in a 2-1 first-leg defeat, nobody really seemed to think Erik ten Hag's side could turn things around in the last 16 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Sergio Ramos certainly did not – he earned a booking to avoid the risk of a quarter-final ban, earning an extra game suspension from UEFA in the process.

In the absence of their captain, Madrid completely capitulated to their fearless and thrilling opponents.

Hakim Ziyech and David Neres put the visitors 2-0 up after only 18 minutes and it was 3-0 just after the hour mark thanks to the inspired Dusan Tadic.

Marco Asensio got a goal back, but Lasse Schone's free-kick beat Thibaut Courtois and sent Madrid crashing out. It was the first time they had ever been knocked out after winning the first leg of a Champions League tie.

March 6, 2019: Paris Saint-Germain 1 Manchester United 3 (3-3 agg, United won on away goals)

A day on from Ajax's thrashing of Madrid, Manchester United made history at the Parc des Princes.

No side had ever won a knockout tie after trailing 2-0 from a first leg at home and with 10 senior players missing, including the banned Paul Pogba, United's chances looked slim.

Romelu Lukaku scored just two minutes in, though, and despite Juan Bernat's equaliser on the night, Lukaku struck again after a Gianluigi Buffon error to make it 2-1.

As the game crept towards second-half injury time, Diogo Dalot's shot struck Presnel Kimpembe's arm and the referee awarded a penalty after a lengthy VAR review. Marcus Rashford scored it, United progressed, and the clamour for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be given the permanent manager's job grew louder.

April 17, 2019: Manchester City 4 Tottenham 3 (4-4 agg, Spurs win on away goals)

Tottenham scored through Son Heung-min in a tense, frenetic first leg. Crucially, as it turned out, City did not. They were not about to make the same mistake as Raheem Sterling thrashed an early opener past Hugo Lloris at the Eithad Stadium.

Son responded with two superb finishes of his own, leaving Pep Guardiola's side with a mountain to climb. They duly began to scale it. Bernardo Silva scored, Sterling scored again. There had only been 21 minutes played.

Something faintly resembling a normal football match broke out and Sergio Aguero finished emphatically to give City the lead in the tie for the first time in the 59th minute.

In a sight Ajax are now familiar with, Spurs looked spent until Fernando Llorente bundled them back into the lead on away goals. That advantage ultimately remained, but only after Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick. Bedlam ensued until VAR showed Aguero was fractionally offside during the build-up.

May 7, 2019: Liverpool 4 Barcelona 0 (4-3 agg)

Fresh from netting a late winner at Newcastle United the weekend before, Divock Origi allowed the Liverpool faithful to dream by poaching his maiden Champions League goal in the seventh minute. Still, overturning the 3-0 advantage Barca had brought to Merseyside looked a tall order.

Jurgen Klopp needed Alisson to be on form as he saved from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, before another unlikely hero emerged.

Andy Robertson's injury forced James Milner to left-back and Georginio Wijnaldum into the fray at half-time. By the hour, the Dutch midfielder had Liverpool level thanks to two goals in 122 delirious seconds.

Origi had the final word thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold's quick thinking from a 79th-minute corner, leaving Barcelona and Messi crestfallen.

May 8, Ajax 2 Tottenham 3 (3-3 agg, Spurs win on away goals)

As they did at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Ajax made a smooth start and led through their inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt in the fifth minute.

Ziyech emphatically made it 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate, but Lucas changed the complexion of the contest as he was supported by Dele Alli's intelligent running from midfield and Llorente's robust accompaniment in attack.

Ziyech hit the post and Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen hit the bar. Amsterdam held its breath and Lucas proved to be the coolest man in the stadium in the 96th minute, sending his side through to face Liverpool in Madrid, where the Reds ultimately prevailed.

"Understanding" and "warm". Those were the words used to describe Jose Mourinho as former assistant Jose Morais heaped praise on the Tottenham boss amid doubts over Harry Kane's future at Spurs.

Tottenham and England star Kane has been linked with a move away after recently saying he would contemplate leaving the Premier League club if he did not feel like they were "progressing".

Kane, who is yet to win a major trophy at Tottenham despite their memorable run to the Champions League final last season, has reportedly emerged as a target for the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid.

As Kane's future makes headlines, Morais – who worked as an assistant coach under Mourinho at Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea – insisted the Portuguese coach would be supportive.

"His focus is on his team, not on rumours," Morais, head coach of K. League champions Jeonbuk Motors, told Stats Perform. "Rumours will always exist and he can even joke about rumours. But his concern is about how his team can perform in terms of achieving the goals they can achieve and what contribution the player can give to the goal. He will make sure the contribution the player can give is not affected with the rumours existing outside.

"Probably he will have an approach to the player that will make the player focused on the task while he is there. This is the way he works. He is understanding and a warm coach. He understands that every individual in a certain moment in life has his goals. For sure, he will know about what Harry Kane wants for his future and he will be as supportive as he can to help him achieve what he wants.

"This is what every player coached by Mourinho that left the club has to say, he is a special coach. He never lets a player down. He is honest in his feelings. This is a great quality. He will not fake what he is. He is what he is. Everyone knows what he is. Also, he is a coach to understand the reality of every individual."

Morais, who was part of Mourinho's staff as Inter won a memorable Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia treble in 2009-10 before following his countryman to Madrid and Chelsea, added: "It's fantastic to work with someone like him. For me, he has skills and qualities that are special in my point of view. Leadership and management, he is an example for any other manager.

"The influence that he can have on players in creating an impact, make them champions, is fantastic. He does it in a very particular, simple way. He has character, charisma, a lot of knowledge about how to coach players with different kinds of ideas. He is capable of putting them together to make a strong team and create a winning mentality. This is what makes a manager special."

Mourinho was appointed by Tottenham in November, replacing Mauricio Pochettino at the north London club following a difficult start to the 2019-20 season, which has since been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sacked by United in December 2018, Mourinho has been the subject of criticism in recent seasons – his brand of football and lack of major silverware sparking questions over his future at the highest level.

Tottenham were emphatically knocked out of the Champions League by RB Leipzig in the last 16 in March, extending the club's winless streak to six matches in all competitions as Spurs languished eighth in the Premier League amid a mounting injury list.

"People have feelings about things they're seeing and they make comments," Morais said. "This is his way to win. He knows so much about football. He was experiencing so many situations that he can create the football that suits the needs of the club and team in a certain moment. If the team will be able to play the football he really wants, I think people will be pleased with this football. In certain moments, what is important for him is to be pragmatic and to win the game.

"He was always someone that wanted players to be positive. He always gave them a free role to take decisions and be creative. He also thinks it's important to have the responsibility that whatever you're doing in the game, there's only one objective, that's to win the game. This is the reason why he is one of the most successful coaches in the world. He wins games and competitions. If you want a coach to win competitions, he is one of these coaches. It's difficult to compare with because he wins."

Morais won the LaLiga title, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana with Mourinho at Madrid before the pair moved to Stamford Bridge in 2013.

The 54-year-old Morais spent a season at Chelsea before taking charge of Saudi side Al-Shabab and he worked closely with Blues great Frank Lampard, who has since become coach of the London outfit.

Lampard returned to the Bridge at the start of the season and despite an inconsistent run of form and a transfer ban, the former midfielder had Chelsea occupying the fourth and final Champions League spot at the time of postponement.

"I always thought that him and John Terry are future managers in England," Morais said. "They have the quality, charisma and quality. They have the interest in the game that put them in the path of managing clubs and players. Frank Lampard is a special guy, he has a special heart and feeling. Not only for the club, but as a human being, he is a great guy and fantastic person. I'm really happy to see him succeed. I believe that he will continue to have success and great future as a manager."

He added: "I know the academy and it's full of fantastic young players. Some of them went out loan and Chelsea didn't have space for them to progress inside the club. But there is a new generation of players who are now having an opportunity and today, the circumstances exist in order for the club to really use their own products. It's an opportunity for these young players to create an impact. I think that in one or two seasons, we will see Chelsea champions again with all these fantastic players."

Whenever English football is able to resume following the coronavirus pandemic, things will undoubtedly be different.

Spectators are seemingly unlikely to be inside stadiums to see the action unfold, while Premier League players and staff may need to be quarantined away from families for their safety. Seasons may still be played out to a conclusion, but just not when we quite expected on the calendar.

However, could shorter games also be the future?

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor suggested as much during an appearance on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Tuesday.

"We don't know the future, what we do know is what propositions have been put, what ideas have been put, the possibility of having more substitutes, games possibly not being the full 45 minutes each way," he said.

With Taylor's comments causing quite a stir on social media, Opta worked out how the Premier League table would look right now if teams had played 80-minute matches instead - and the revised standings made for interesting reading.

 

Liverpool still remain well clear at the summit, of course, yet their 25-point lead over Manchester City would be whittled down to 15. The top four remains the same as the current table in terms of positions, though Manchester United close the gap to Chelsea for the final Champions League spot.

Arsenal receive a welcome bump up from ninth to sixth after gaining three points, just ahead of Crystal Palace and comfortably clear of rivals Tottenham, who slip into the bottom half.

Not going for the full 90 works out nicely for Aston Villa and Bournemouth, though, as they gain six and four points respectively to climb out of the relegation places. Watford are another to benefit, moving further clear of danger.

The team to suffer under the change are Newcastle United, as a deduction of seven points sees them slip to 19th, sandwiched by Brighton and Hove Albion and Norwich City. The Canaries do actually add five points to their current tally, yet still prop up the rest.

Such a scenario is hardly Taylor made for potential new owners at Newcastle, although they would still have games to play to get out of trouble.

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has suggested a large number of Premier League players are opposed to playing games behind closed doors.

Over recent days, reports have emerged detailing aspects of 'Project Restart' – the fledgling plans to restart England's top flight at neutral venues without fans present, ideally by mid-June as the game aims to return despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But England international Winks feels any games would be significantly diminished without the presence of supporters.

"It's a possibility of course and that could happen. It's probably something that not every Premier League player wants to do," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It's a strange situation not having the fans there. That's what makes football, that's what makes the atmosphere.

"It's what everybody plays for and lives for, it's for the fans. When you can't hear chanting, when you can't hear the crowd it's going to be a strange situation."

Winks experienced something similar when Croatia were forced to play their Nations League home game against England behind closed doors in 2018 and he was not a fan.

He said: "We had it last season with Croatia away and it was a very strange situation to be involved in.

"It's not something that I like and I know a lot of players feel the same way. It's not something that anybody really wants to do but if it's the necessary action that's got to be done, it has to be done."

Spurs captain Hugo Lloris concurs with Winks but also feels a compromise will have to be reached due to the economic pressures that the lockdown is placing upon clubs.

"It will be weird wherever it happens. Football is not a closed-door sport," he told L'Equipe.

"Without spectators, it is not the same sport. This is not how I see football. We are here together, to share our emotions. We all want full stadiums, with atmosphere, fans, colour and songs.

"But we must take the context into consideration. There are major economic issues that need to be understood at the level of clubs and federations. Everyone has to find the right compromise between health above all else and the need to finish this season."

Japhet Tanganga thinks it is unfair to suggest Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho does not give young players a chance.

Spurs defender Tanganga, 21, was given his professional debut by Mourinho in January's Premier League match against leaders Liverpool.

He feels there is past evidence of the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager giving other youth players the opportunity to make a breakthrough, despite critics often hitting out at the Portuguese's record in that department.

"Even before, I'm pretty sure that when he was at Real Madrid, Raphael Varane was very young and in the team," Tanganga told reporters.

"The same at United, Scott McTominay came through there.

"He's the same as every manager – they want to give young players a chance but it's up to the young player to show them they're capable of coping in whatever league they're in, Premier League or LaLiga.

"It's not just down to the manager wanting to play you, it's down to the young player showing the determination to the manager that they want to play as well.

"He has taught me a lot. In training he's given me a lot of information, a lot of details, ways to improve. How to defend one v one, how to defend set-pieces or work in wide areas and at corners. 

"He's given me a lot of information and I feel playing right-back and left-back has added to my game and allowed me to be adaptable and defend in all areas of the pitch, not just at centre-half.

"He has really been very helpful."

Tanganga has remained part of Mourinho's plans and now has 11 first-team appearances to his name, with an England call-up another of his targets having previously played at youth level for his country.

He added: "In life you have to have goals and one of my goals is to be capped at senior level for England. For me, all I can do is what I can on the pitch and leave it with the England manager to select me.

"All I'm doing at the moment is following the guidelines and waiting for the government to decide when we can go back to football or not. Right now, that's all I'm focusing on.

"Fikayo [Tomori] has done that and now I'm in a similar position. I see it as an opportunity and an example to follow and hopefully one day I can get capped and achieve one of my goals."

Neymar seems eager for a return to Barcelona – and he is reportedly prepared to show just how keen he is.

The Brazil international has been linked with a return to Camp Nou, where he left for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222million move in 2017.

But amid doubts over whether Barca could get a deal done, it seems Neymar is ready to make a huge sacrifice.

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR PREPARED TO CUT SALARY IN HALF FOR BARCELONA RETURN

Neymar would cut his salary in half to return to Barcelona but wants guarantees, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The report says Neymar has rejected a renewal offer from Paris Saint-Germain as he eyes a return to the LaLiga giants.

Neymar scored 18 goals in 22 games for PSG this season when the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Ligue 1 later called off.

ROUND-UP

- Real Madrid are making their move. The cover of AS says Madrid have made their first approach for Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, the 17-year-old they reportedly see as a substitute for Casemiro.

- Linked with a stunning move to Liverpool, Kalidou Koulibaly could find it hard to leave Napoli. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Napoli are unwilling to negotiate a lower price for the star defender, who is also said to be a target for Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal. Napoli have been reported to want £90m (€102.4m) for the defender.

- Luka Jovic has struggled in his first season at Real Madrid, leading to transfer talk. But Mundo Deportivo reports Madrid are maintaining confidence in the forward for at least one more season despite links to Newcastle United.

- With Thiago Silva seemingly set to leave, Paris Saint-Germain are targeting Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti as his replacement, according to Sport. Silva is out of contract at the end of the season and Umtiti has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou.

- A player linked to Barcelona is Tanguy Ndombele. However, The Telegraph reports the midfielder is determined to stay at Tottenham despite the LaLiga giants' interest.

- There could be plenty of movement at Barcelona, but Sport reports the club want to keep Carles Alena, 22, while Riqui Puig, 20, is set to get his chance with the first team.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes it would be "cruel" if Liverpool were denied the Premier League title due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jurgen Klopp's men were 25 points clear at the top of the table when the season was suspended in March due to COVID-19.

It remains to be seen when, and if, the Premier League campaign will resume, with recent reports suggesting it could get back underway in June.

Lloris, whose Spurs were eighth in the table, wants the season finished and said it could be particularly harsh on Liverpool.

"We are in a situation where everyone wants to finish and have the decision on the field," he told L'Equipe.

"It would be terrible if everything ended like that nine [matches] before the end of the Premier League.

"It would also be cruel for Liverpool with the lead they have … they are almost champions. As with everyone, there would be a taste of unfinished business. In addition, we are entering the most exciting period, the most beautiful moment of the season."

If the Premier League season resumes, it will almost certainly be without fans in attendance due to coronavirus, which has killed more than 248,000 people worldwide.

Lloris said it would be unusual to be playing behind closed doors, but added the financial positions of leagues and clubs needed to be considered.

"It will be weird wherever it happens. Football is not a closed-door sport," he said.

"Without the spectators, it is not the same. This is not how I see football. We are here to gather, share our emotions.

"We all want full stadiums with atmosphere, fans, colour and songs, but here we must take the context into consideration."

Dimitar Berbatov has been in Harry Kane's shoes and he thinks the Tottenham forward will be weighing up whether to leave Spurs.

Boyhood Tottenham fan Kane recently said he would contemplate leaving the north London club if he did not feel like they were "progressing".

The England captain, 26, is yet to win a major trophy with Tottenham and has four years remaining on his deal. with Berbatov convinced there will be part of Kane that feels he has to leave.

The Bulgarian spent two seasons with Spurs before joining Manchester United, who have been heavily linked with Kane, in 2008 and winning two Premier League titles.

"The sad thing in football is that, because it has been established a long time ago which the big clubs are, you will always have that situation with teams like Spurs where their best players have to decide if they stay here or move to a big club," Berbatov told BBC Sport.


"It is exactly the same with Harry Kane at the moment. He is going to be at a crossroad, thinking, 'What do I do now?'

"The situation is maybe difficult now because of coronavirus and the money, but he is in exactly the same situation I was in. In his head sometimes he is maybe not in the right place.

"My head was not in the right place at times. How can it be? I don't want to put my team in a position where I go late in the window and leave them without a replacement. But it will happen after me many times, with many players.

"The most painful part is that Spurs' last trophy was when me and Jermaine [Jenas] were there. It will be stated over and over again and make people angry that the lack of trophies is the main problem for players like Kane, who is captain of England and not getting younger.

"But when he gets older he wants to say to his kids: 'Look what I won'."

Liverpool have reportedly set their sights on Kalidou Koulibaly, while the Premier League leaders could lose out to Manchester United on another target.

Koulibaly has regularly been linked with a move away from Napoli, where he has developed into one of the world's best defenders.

Could a Virgil van Dijk-Koulibaly central defensive pairing be on the cards at Anfield?

 

TOP STORY – LIVERPOOL TARGET KOULIBALY

Liverpool are targeting Napoli defender Koulibaly and contacts have already been made, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The parties are due to speak again in the coming weeks, according to the report, with Koulibaly's asking price likely to drop from €100million (£87.1m) due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The report also says Liverpool would likely sell defender Joel Matip if they landed Koulibaly.

 

ROUND-UP

- Another player Liverpool are linked to, Timo Werner, could head elsewhere. The Manchester Evening News reports the RB Leipzig forward is being considered by Manchester United.

- Manchester City will not give up on Milan Skriniar. CalcioMercato reports a €70m (£61m) offer could be enough for the Premier League giants to land the Inter defender.

- Amid debate about whether Dean Henderson, who is on loan at Sheffield United, could replace David de Gea as Manchester United's number one, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apparently has no doubt. The Daily Star reports the United manager has told De Gea he will remain his first-choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.

- Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been linked with a move away. Sport reports Barcelona are continuing to track the France international, who was apparently a target for the LaLiga side while he was still at Lyon.

- Mohammed Salisu is drawing attention from several European clubs. Marca reports Atletico Madrid are in pole position to land the Real Valladolid and Ghana defender.

England football skipper Harry Kane saluted war veteran Captain Tom Moore on Thursday as the fundraising hero celebrated his 100th birthday.

Captain Tom walked 100 laps of his garden in an effort to bring in money for the NHS Charities Together group, and a public rally behind his efforts saw the challenge raise over £30million.

He was made an honorary colonel to mark his birthday, which was marked with a Royal Air Force flypast and messages from the Queen and prime minister Boris Johnson.

Kane showed his support for the centenarian on Twitter, writing: "Happy birthday @captaintommoore! An incredible inspiration. Have a great day."

The England cricket team also declared Captain Tom an honorary member of their side, with former captain Michael Vaughan saying on BBC Breakfast: "We all want to welcome you, Captain Tom, to our team.

"As you celebrate a maiden century in the company of your family, enjoying the adulation and the affection of a nation, this is our way and our time, to say thank you."

Vaughan's fellow ex-England skipper Andrew Strauss spoke of the "incredible impact" made by the West Yorkshire-born former British Army man.

Responding to a message from an array of cricketers, Captain Tom said via Twitter: "What a privilege. Truly amazing to be made an Honorary Member of the England cricket team. Thank you @MichaelVaughan and @englandcricket for this very special honour."

Jose Mourinho says Harry Kane will need to be assessed once Tottenham are allowed to train in groups again before knowing when the striker can return to action.

England captain Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn have all, in theory, recovered from their respective long-term injuries.

Spurs head coach Mourinho, though, will have to see how close they are to full sharpness compared to the rest of the squad whenever team training is allowed again amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Kane has not played since January 1, when he suffered a serious hamstring injury in Tottenham's 1-0 defeat at Southampton in the Premier League.

"For them, it's many, many weeks of injury, and when the injury was arriving at an end, we stopped training," Mourinho explained to Sky Sports about Kane, Sissoko and Bergwijn.

"I don't know, they don't know, we have to wait for the right permission for them to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level."

During the pandemic, Tottenham have allowed their stadium to be used by North Middlesex Hospital's Women's Outpatient Services.

"You try to visualise what the normal day is here, the pre-match, the match, after the match, then you come here and just see an incredible hospital facility," said Mourinho.

"I think it's just fantastic. [I feel] strange and emotional [walking into the dressing room]."

Spurs are allowing players to use training pitches on an individual basis as they begin to look towards the resumption of action.

"It's a positive feeling for the boys to have the chance to smell grass again," added Mourinho, who has been helping the club's efforts to deliver fresh food to the local community.

On imagining the return of football, Mourinho said: "[It offers me] light at the end of the tunnel."

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