MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
England suffered their first important injury of
their 2018 World Cup campaign on Wednesday, but fortunately for
their chances of triumphing in Russia, the victim was not a
player, but coach Gareth Southgate.
his shoulder on his team’s day off while out jogging close to
their training camp near the beach resort of Repino in the west
The coach was
treated in a nearby hospital and admitted afterwards that he
will have to control his behaviour during his side’s coming
“I might not be
celebrating any goals as athletically in the future. The doctor
has made it clear that punching the air is not an option,” said
Southgate, who was grateful for receiving attention quickly
after his accident.
“We have a great
support team and they were there very quickly, they were
supposed to be relaxing and I am giving them work,” he said,
adding “its better that it is me than one of the players.”
player giving cause for concern ahead of Sunday’s second group G
game against Panama is midfielder Dele Ali, who suffered a minor
calf strain during Monday’s 2-1 win against Tunisia.
France captain Hugo Lloris
to raise technical, physical level against Peru
YEKATERINBURG Russia (Xinhua) --
France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
on Wednesday urged his teammates to raise their technical and
physical level in the next World Cup match against Peru.
During the pre-match
press conference in Yekaterinburg, Lloris admitted that Les
Bleus missed the aggressiveness against Australia last Saturday
and must be more efficient in the future.
Thursday’s match may be Peru’s “last chance to move on to the
next round”, Lloris said that the whole France team must raise
their physical and technical level in the game.
The match between
France and Peru in the World Cup Group C also marks the
goalkeeper’s 100th appearance for Les Bleus.
Lloris said it is a
great personal pride to reach this symbolic figure. However, he
also said the record “is still secondary because we’re in the
midst of the World Cup”.
“You have to be
focused on your training and matches, and the best way to enjoy
(the record) is to keep winning for the team,” he added.
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca vows
to defeat France in World Cup Group C match
EKATERINBURG Russia (Xinhua) --
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca emphasized Wednesday that Peruvian
will do their best to beat France in the World Cup Group C match
in Ekaterinburg Arena.
Peru ended a 36-year
World Cup absence in its opener but suffered a cruel 1-0 loss to
Denmark last Saturday. Team coach Ricardo Gareca told a press
conference that he was still disappointed with the result
Gareca said, “It
hurts because your debut ended with a negative result you felt,
but the hours have passed.”
match, Gareca said although France is much stronger than
Denmark, his men will play in the field as always.
“We always have a
specific idea that is to win in any scenario and win against any
rival, even though France is a favorite,” the 60-year-old coach
Gareca also admitted
that he and the team already did a lot of analysis on France.
“We know the players of France because we always see them in
different European competitions. We work on how to counteract
the 34-year-old striker Paolo Guerrero will be included in the
starting lineup on Thursday, Gareca declined to release any
detail of lineup.
“Paolo is very good.
Not putting him in the starting lineup before Denmark was my
decision,” Gareca explained, “What really matters is that the
Guerrero was banned
for testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine last
year. However, a Swiss court last month granted an order to
freeze his 14-month ban during the World Cup in Russia, which
began last Thursday.
forwarded played 30 minutes in the match against Denmark and
created several chances. Now the Peruvian media expected that
the veteran striker can play a full-time game and wreak havoc
against the French.
Following the loss
to Denmark, a victory is needed for Peru in the match against
France on Thursday to preserve their hope of surviving the World
Cup group stage.