Ramsey: Kane ready for England call

first_img “They can play on the international stage, and let’s treat them the same way that we treat the more exotic-named players. “Because if we don’t give them the experience to play in the Premier League we’re never, ever going to be able to have a strong national team. ” Kane is now on the verge of a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s senior squad, but Ramsey admitted Tottenham came under fire for preferring the homespun striker to Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor last season. Ramsey spent a decade at Spurs, ending up as a senior first-team coach, but left the club at the same time as manager Tim Sherwood in May 2014. The 52-year-old hailed Kane’s 24-goal haul at Spurs this term, and accepted relegation-battling QPR must be at their peak to contain the in-form frontman. “First of all it was me, Tim (Sherwood) and Les (Ferdinand) who were involved in the coaching and the dealing with that,” Ramsey said. “Harry probably learned quite a bit from Les in the training sessions we did there. “When you’re working with developing players, you have to dream alongside the player: if you don’t you’re not believing in what you’re teaching. “Has Harry Kane surprised me? No. “Sometimes you need an opportunity to play. “When we played him at the back end of last year, the fans weren’t having it, were they? “They were trying to get the galacticos on the pitch. “We had to stick to our guns and we got a lot of flak for it. ” Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor and Etienne Capoue have not been involved since January, but Mauricio Pochettino says that does not mean their Tottenham careers are over. After being appointed head coach at White Hart Lane last summer, the former Argentina international handed experienced defender Kaboul the captain’s armband. Hugo Lloris was named as one of his deputies alongside Adebayor, although the former is the only one of the three to have established himself as a regular under Pochettino. Kaboul, Adebayor and fellow misfit Capoue all looked set to exit before the transfer window closed and have not featured since moves away failed to materialise. It is now eight matches in all competitions since any of them were even an unused substitute, yet Pochettino indicated they were still in his plans. “Always for every game it’s my decision, my choice,” the Spurs head coach said when asked about the trio at his Friday press conference. “I think that you understand. In the end, all of our squad is fully fit and you need to pick players. “I am happy with all, but if we have 26 or 27 players in the squad then more than 18 is impossible.” A return to the squad against QPR looks unlikely given Pochettino has a fully-fit squad to choose from. The trip to Loftus Road will be their sixth match in a topsy-turvy 17-day period and one in which a win is needed to bolster their top-four hopes. “We are expecting a very tough game,” Pochettino said. “QPR is a strong team and we play in their home. ” Chris Ramsey believes it would be “a dream come true” for Tottenham and QPR to see Harry Kane and Charlie Austin form an England strike force. Head coach Ramsey will face former employers Spurs in Saturday’s league clash at Loftus Road, claiming he is “not kryptonite” for Tottenham despite inside-knowledge of the club’s thriving youth products. “That would be a dream come true for most people from those two clubs,” Ramsey said of a Kane-Austin England partnership. “I think they are both very good players, both hard-working, both very focused, and I’m sure that they would be a match for any defence if they played together. “I think Harry Kane has been good enough for England for a while. “We tend to bash a lot of the young players in and around the clubs. “We tend to look at people from abroad and just automatically think they are better, just because they are from other countries with exotic names. “It’s not just Harry Kane I’m thinking of – I’m looking at loads of other clubs with loads of other English players that could be considered for the Premier League. “Because managers are under pressure, they tend to stick to what would be seen as the tried and tested expensive players, when we do have a lot of good English players who could play in the Premier League, gain the experience. Press Association The Rangers boss and former Spurs coach challenged top-flight clubs to value English players just as highly as big-money imports with “exotic names”. Ramsey helped guide Kane from academy starlet to Barclays Premier League goal machine at Spurs, and reckons the Walthamstow-born forward fully deserves an England call-up. last_img read more

LAPD and DPS to ramp up bike safety

first_imgThe latest collaborative effort between LAPD and USC’s Department of Public Safety could end up costing bikers up to $250.LAPD and DPS are joining together to step up enforcement of bicycle laws around USC. The effort will include an LAPD task force — officers dedicated entirely to monitoring bike safety at USC — that will patrol key intersections near campus on specific days and issue citations.Violation · Students bike through the crosswalk at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street. Biking in crosswalks is against California’s traffic laws and students who do so could be ticketed by LAPD. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan“We will have a task force because the bicycle issue is becoming a very serious issue,” said Officer Boyce of LAPD’s South Traffic Division.There are three specific traffic laws that students often violate, Boyce said. He said LAPD has repeatedly noticed students biking against the flow of traffic, not stopping at stop signs and riding their bikes through intersections, all of which violate regulations.Boyce said there will be one or two officers out each day, but the larger task force will monitor the area occasionally.DPS Assistant Chief John Thomas said DPS is most concerned with the intersection of Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard and the intersection of McClintock Avenue and Jefferson.Thomas noted that the goal of the increased is not to aggravate or punish students, but to make the intersections safer.“You don’t want to write a citation if you don’t have to, but we have to clean up those intersections because we have seen accidents occur there,” Thomas said.DPS Capt. David Carlisle said DPS has seen many of the same types of traffic violations as LAPD.“If bicyclists want to ride through the intersection, they should do so as a car would,” Carlisle said. “If they’re going to be in crosswalks and they have a bike they’re supposed to walk it, but they usually don’t.”At crosswalks, Boyce said, bikes are considered vehicles, and by riding through intersections they are interfering with pedestrians.Students who are found violating a traffic law can be ticketed by LAPD.Currently, only LAPD officers are issuing city traffic citations, but DPS officers are being trained to be able to cite bicyclists as well.The maximum penalty for a traffic infraction is a $250 fine. Citations can also involve appearances in traffic court.“It will likely involve a fine,” Carlisle said. “The idea is not to punish, it’s to change behavior.”Though DPS has asked LAPD to issue warnings before giving out citations, Boyce said it is at the discretion of the officer whether to give a warning or an actual citation, and some citations have already been issued.Anna Phillips, a sophomore majoring in international relations and economics, was stopped by an LAPD officer on Wednesday while riding her bike through the intersection of McClintock and Jefferson.Phillips was given a ticket, and was told the amount of the fine would be sent to her by mail.“I would have an easier time understanding all of it if they had publicized these rules,” Phillips said. “If I had known it was illegal to bike in that manner then I wouldn’t do it.”Other students were also irked by the decision to enforce bike rules.“I’m not from here, so I don’t really know the bike laws and I don’t want to be punished for something I’ve never been educated about,” said Nicole Katekaru, a sophomore majoring in East Asian languages and cultures.Some students, however, thought the citations could be a good thing for student safety.Jessica Erskine, a senior majoring in theatre, said she thought it was students’ responsibility to learn the traffic laws.“If you’re breaking the law, I feel like there’s not much you can do about it,” Erskine said. “I don’t think there’s any case for us to say that’s not fair. There are rules of the road and they’re there for our safety.”To help educate students, DPS gave out fliers last week detailing the laws they and LAPD will be enforcing.Laura Driscoll, a freshman majoring in international relations, said she didn’t think the new push for bike safety would lead to a long-term change in students’ habits.“We’re at school and we’re in a hurry,” Driscoll said. “People may take the time to think about getting off their bike if cops are giving tickets, but if people don’t see a cop, they’re probably not going to get off.”DPS and LAPD officers will continue to monitor bike safety at least through the end of the semester, Boyce said.DPS officers cannot yet issue tickets, but they can cite students to USC Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.Though LAPD would not confirm which days the task force will be around campus, resident advisers in Troy Hall were told by the “Adopt a Hall” DPS officer in the building that the task force would be out and ticketing on Sept. 17 and Oct. 8, according to Pablo Ortiz de Urbina, an RA in Troy.last_img read more