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England coach Southgate dislocates shoulder while jogging

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.

Southgate dislocated 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 of Russia.

The coach was treated in a nearby hospital and admitted afterwards that he will have to control his behaviour during his side’s coming games.

“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.”

England’s only 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 urges teammates
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.

Noting the 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 against Denmark.

Gareca said, “It hurts because your debut ended with a negative result you felt, but the hours have passed.”

Regarding Thursday’s 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 said.

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 their attack.”

Responding whether 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 collective works.”

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.

The Peruvian 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.



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