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West Ham defender unfazed by possible Allardyce exit

West Ham defender James Tomkins insists speculation over the future of manager Sam Allardyce has no effect on the players as they go in search of derby-day glory at Tottenham on Sunday.

Tomkins is unfazed by the prospect of Allardyce leaving. Credit: PA

Allardyce has never enjoyed a perfect relationship with the majority of West Ham fans and, despite a change to a more attractive style and an impressive start to the season, cracks again began to appear following last weekend's 4-0 FA Cup thrashing at West Brom.

With his contract expiring at Upton Park at the end of the season, it remains to be seen if Allardyce, 60, will be offered a new deal to extend his four-year tenure at the club.

But Tomkins, who signed his own contract extension last week to tie him to West Ham until 2020, says the players just have to concentrate on picking up results and not about who may be in charge going into next season.

It doesn't faze us. Obviously that is out of our hands," he said when asked about Allardyce's position.

We have to do what we do on the pitch, whoever takes charge of us next year. It doesn't matter whether it is the (current) manager or not.

We just have to concentrate on the pitch and that's all we try and do.

– West Ham defender James Tomkins

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Team news: Kane to be restored for Spurs

Harry Kane was rested on Thursday. Credit: PA

Harry Kane is expected to return to Tottenham's starting line-up for the visit of West Ham.

Kane was rested along with Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele for Thursday night's 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in the Europa League, but all three are likely to come back in against the Hammers.

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino has no injury concerns as his side embark on their second of six games in 17 days.

Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Walker, Rose, Davies, Fazio, Kaboul, Dier, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dembele, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Mason, Stambouli, Capoue, Townsend, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane, Soldado, Adebayor.


Spurs keeper Lloris eyes starting role in League Cup final

Hugo Lloris says he wants to play in the League Cup final against Chelsea, despite not featuring in the competition all season.

The French goalkeeper has been rested through the season for the League Cup, with Michel Vorm taking his place in the side.

Hugo Lloris wants to play every game. Credit: PA

"I don't know (if Vorm will play or not) - it is the gaffer's decision," the France captain said.

"At the moment, we are not thinking about this final. The best way to prepare for this game is to take it game by game."

Asked if he would like to play, Lloris said after a pause: "Your question is really easy question to answer. Everyone (does).

"But, as I said, it is the manager's decision. There is a great mentality in the squad."

Beckham backs Spurs striker Kane for England call-up

Beckham has launched a new Unicef fund called '7'. Credit: PA

Former England captain David Beckham has tipped in-form Tottenham striker Harry Kane to get a call-up in Roy Hodgson's next England squad.

Kane starred again for Spurs after hitting a brace to win the north London derby against Arsenal last weekend.

“Being English, and seeing someone like Harry and the way he’s playing and the way he’s played this season, he’s having a stunning year,” said Beckham.

“I think everyone is singing his praises, and rightly so. He’s 21 years old, he’s working hard and has got a good head on his shoulders, so we will see.”

Beckham today announced the launch of humanitarian charity Unicef's 7 fund - named after the former England footballer's shirt number - which aims to protect millions of children around the world from danger as he celebrates 10 years as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador.

  • Watch the video below to find out more about '7'

Dembele: This Spurs team can win the title

Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele. Credit: PA

Mousa Dembele believes the best is yet to come at Tottenham, even suggesting they are capable of challenging for the title in the coming years.

Asked if this Spurs team, should they be kept together, are capable of challenging for the title in the coming years, the Belgian said: "Yeah, you see as well how the club works now, the feeling that they want to keep a lot of players here.

"They extended the contract as well, so it is a very positive thing because the players that you saw now that have extended their contract are very good players, young players as well, who in the future will make massive progression.

"It is a very good think for everyone. Everybody knows if the team is together for a long time, it gets easier and easier."

Real Madrid send scouts to watch Spurs striker Kane

Harry Kane has now scored 22 goals in all competitions this season. Credit: PA

Real Madrid have scouted prolific Spurs striker Harry Kane on three occasions this season, reports the London Evening Standard.

The Spanish giants would have been impressed with what they saw from Kane after his double earned Tottenham a 2-1 north London derby win over Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

The striker tapped home the equaliser before netting an 86th-minute winner with a superb header as Spurs fought back from conceding an early opener to Mesut Ozil.

Kane has just penned a new five-and-a-half-year deal with Spurs but when Real Madrid come calling, they often get their man.

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