The technician underwent surgery on his abdomen a few days ago and was re-admitted to the hospital on February 20, where he finally died on Thursday morning.He also paid tribute to Espinosa the Botafogo of Rio de Janeiro, which the commander guided in the conquest of the Carioca Championship title after 20 years of fasting and where he served as technical manager since December 2019.“It is with great pain and immense regret that Botafogo de Fútbol y Regatas communicates the death of Professor Valdir Espinosa,” said Botafogo.In homage to “that representative figure” and “his leadership, example and teachings”, the Rio de Janeiro club declared an official mourning of three days.As coach, Espinosa led teams such as Cerro Porteño of Paraguay, Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia, Japanese Tokyo Verdy and Las Vegas City of the United States.In Brazil, he commanded major clubs in the country, such as Flamengo de Rio de Janeiro, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense, Palmeiras and Corinthians, in addition to the Botafogo and the Guild of Porto Alegre. Brazilian coach Valdir Espinosa, world champion of clubs and Libertadores with the Guild, died 72 years after being subjected to abdominal surgery, sports sources reported Thursday.“Today the day dawned sad, we say goodbye to our idol Valdir Espinosa. We will be eternally pleased to have led us to our greatest glories,” said the Guild in a message of tribute hung on their social networks.“May you continue to guide our Tricolor hearts from up there,” the formation completed.Born in Porto Alegre, regional capital of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, Espinosa began his football career as a player of the Guild, which he would become a coach years later and win the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup in 1983.The tricolor club also considered Espinosa as “one of the greatest technicians in its history”.“Under Espinosa’s command, Gremio opened the doors of the continent and the world to Rio Grande do Sul,” the group said in a note of condolences.
Typhoon Ursula makes landfall over Eastern Samar PLAY LIST 11:41Typhoon Ursula makes landfall over Eastern Samar00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After months of rehab, the All-Star point guard will take the floor for the first time with the Cavaliers, who acquired him last summer in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.“It’s been a long process for me,” Thomas said Monday following practice. “It’s been a frustrating and tough process, but at the same time you got to trust it. I just attacked it every day to try to get better and now that day is here. I haven’t played in so long, so man it’s going to be a weird feeling tomorrow, but I’m happy. I’m happy it’s here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCoach Tyronn Lue said Thomas will come off the bench and initially will play limited minutes. Also, he will not play in back-to-back games as he builds up strength, which means he won’t face the Celtics on Wednesday night in Boston.Thomas was deeply hurt by Boston’s decision to trade him, and he would like nothing more than to show his former team what it gave up. However, as much as Thomas would like to play against the Celtics, he knows the smarter move is to put his health first. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Rockets’ Harden out for two weeks with leg injury “It won’t be that tough,” he said about sitting out the second meeting this season between the rivals. “I know where I am right now and I wouldn’t want to put myself out there to just try to force it. But I can wait until February. I think we play them in February again, so I can wait and put on a show then.”The Cavaliers and Celtics will square off on Feb. 11.Thomas has slowly worked his way into game shape, scrimmaging first against the G-League Canton Charge and then with his teammates a few days ago. While he’s in good physical shape, his game still needs some conditioning.“My hip is better, but I have no rhythm,” he said. “I have no feel for the game right now. I’ve been out for so long it feels like I lost my powers. So even when we’re out there scrimmaging I can move around and do what I want, but I just don’t have my powers yet. So, with the games coming, it’s going to give me an opportunity to get my rhythm back, get my feel back. And it might take some time but at the same time, the progress that I’ve made is all good and positive progress, and I’m excited about the opportunity to be able to get out there and compete.”The Cavaliers are eager to incorporate Thomas, who averaged nearly 29 points last season, into their offense. He gives the team another proven scorer who can take some of the pressure off LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Be you and be aggressive and look to score.’ So that always makes you feel comfortable that they want me to be who I am and that’s all I can be.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas catches a pass before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Cleveland. Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with the Cavaliers, played four-on-four with other Cleveland players and coaches on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — The agonizing wait to play again is over for Isaiah Thomas. Vengeance on the Celtics is still on hold.Thomas, sidelined with a hip injury since last season’s Eastern Conference finals, will make his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.ADVERTISEMENT
Cheesemanburg citizens have accepted a challenge for each resident to contribute twenty Liberian dollars, from now until November 15, towards the development of the township.The suggestion was advanced by Mr. Joseph Jackie Brown, the former director of Cyber Crime at the Ministry of National Security, during a recent visit to the township.Brown was in Cheesemanburg to express appreciation to its elders for their participation in his recent gowning and certification by the National Governors Council of Liberia for his services to the country.Brown told a gathering of Cheesemanburg citizens that it was necessary for them to begin such an initiative in which every resident contributes twenty Liberian dollars towards the development of the community.“I want you to take the first step in this direction,” Brown said. “You must begin to help yourself and others will see the need to help you.”Responding, Cheesemansburg Township Commissioner, Thomas Cassell, accepted the challenge and said such an initiative could foster a spirit of togetherness “as the community would now realize that something is being done about its development.”Cheesemanburg resident Andrew Cassell called on his fellow residents to be “realistic, reliable and committed to the development of the township,” encouraging them to follow the arrangement and make their twenty Liberian dollar contributions.Following the call, several residents made their contributions, starting with Cole Momoh Dukuly and a three-year-old child. Others followed, and an initial amount of L$520 was raised.In a related development, Brown secured several shovels, hoes and diggers from UMARCO, a local building materials company, to the tune of US$350 and turned them over to the Cheesemanburg commissioner’s office.It can be recalled that Brown was recently gowned and certificated by the National Governors Council of Liberia, representing 16 tribes and 15 counties, for his five years of service as director of Cyber Crime at the Ministry of National Security, without a salary or honorarium. Brown is a retired United States of America soldier who twice toured Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom that toppled the administration of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.He was honored by the former United States President George Walker Bush for his valor in rescuing his colleagues, including his commander, when his unit came under enemy attack in Iraq.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– legal framework now possible for saving, investing oil wealthBy Jarryl BryanThe long-awaited Natural Resources Fund Bill has been assented to by President David Granger, a crucial piece of legislation that is intended to create a framework for saving and investing revenue from Guyana’s oil and gas sector.This was announced by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who was addressing a post-plenary press conference. According to Harmon, the President assented to the Bill on January 23. He explained that the law will cater for a number of things, including a public oversight committee.The NRF bill now creates a legal framework for savings and investments from oil earnings“The legal framework for the Fund includes provisions for public oversight, management, the nature and source of deposits, withdrawals including parliamentary approval of amounts to be withdrawn, eligible investments for its resources, accounting and auditing of its records and codes of conduct for members of its oversight and investment committees.”“Included in the act is the first schedule which outlines the procedures that will be used in calculating the fiscally sustainable amount of the Fund,” Harmon explained. “Also included in the second schedule (are) the ceilings and floor for investment (out of) the Natural Resources Fund for the purpose of long-term savings.”According to the Minister, some of the avenues that Government will use for investing are treasury bills, bank deposits, sovereign and corporate bonds, equities, derivatives and commodities.The NRFAfter its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil has estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be 5 billion oil-equivalent barrels. At US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion. In addition, an independent assessment, or competent persons report, had found that 2.9 billion barrels of oil existed in the Orinduik block.All of this will represent a monetary windfall for Guyana, which will be saved and invested through a Natural Resources Fund. Previously, a green paper on the Fund was laid in the National Assembly.Government had released the draft Natural Resources Fund Bill of 2018, which had proposed, among other things, a 22-member Public Accountability and Oversight Committee that would oversee the management of the Fund and provide checks and balances.Then there is the issue of the Fund managers. Investment firm Merrill Lynch has, for some time, expressed an interest in being involved in managing Guyana’s oil finances. In fact, representatives from the firm had reportedly met with Central Bank Governor Dr Gobind Ganga. The Opposition has urged that the vetting process for the Fund manager be a rigorous one.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.A contract was inked on October 7, 2016, between the coalition Government, ExxonMobil and its partners in the Stabroek block. In the renegotiated contract, Guyana agreed to a two per cent royalty for every barrel of oil, a 50 per cent share of profit oil and a US$18 million signing bonus.Out of the contract, Guyana also secured the company’s agreement to set up a Fund for social and environmental projects. Exxon has to contribute US$300,000 per year to this fund. The sums roll over and the company together with Government will determine which projects to fund.The contract sets aside another US$300,000 per year to ensure Guyanese personnel are trained at local or overseas universities and conferences.
By Rupa SeenarinePhagwah denotes a kaleidoscopic and unified celebration which has been a traditional festival in Guyana, rooted since the arrival of indentured immigrants to the shores of Guyana from India in 1838.Since then, the practice has been alive in communities across the country – a highly anticipated national holiday which unites people of all backgrounds. In Guyana, Phagwah is much more than a celebration; it is a colourful explosion that can only be experienced to realise what is resonated among one another on this day. On Thursday, Guyanese from all spectrums would have celebrated the national holiday with their family and friends. The day began typically with persons venturing out of their homes to visit persons within their neighbourhood and conveying good wishes. Others would even travel far distances to greet family and loved ones. A scented, coloured liquid called Abeer is sprinkled and brightly dyed powder called Abrack is smeared on their faces. Throughout the day, sweet meats would also be shared along with traditional Indian dishes. In India, Phagwah is seen primarily as the welcoming of spring after many winter months and also the ending of the Hindu calendar in the month of Phalgun or March. On the religious side, it is the recognition of good over evil that is linked to this festival that is the ancient story of Prahad and his father, King Hiranyakashipu.The story unfolds when Hiranyakashipu demanded that the dwellers of his kingdom worship him instead of God. Prahald, however, refused to do so which resulted in many efforts by the King to kill his son. The King had a sister called Holika, who could not be harmed by fire, so she was ordered to sit in a pyre with Prahalad so that he could be killed. This backfired and she was burnt to ashes while the young boy escaped unharmed. For this, it is customary that 40 days before Holi is celebrated, a tree representing Holika is planted and burned in the form of a bonfire on the eve of the festival, signifying the destruction of evil. The Holika Dahan ceremony is usually witnessed by worshippers before the celebration of the spring festival the following day.Rainbow nationOver at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Bel Air, the Indian High Commission kick-started the event with a series of multicultural performances in the company of members of the diplomatic corp, Government officials, Ministers, parliamentarians and the general public.Children of all ages were primarily hooked on the vivid shades of red, blue, green and purple while others filled their water guns with colourful liquid and awaited the arrival of persons who showed up in white attire. Within an instance, they too became unrecognisable and joined in the animation.Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingan related that throughout his years in the country, Guyana is seen as a rainbow nation, where there is a combination of all cultures. According to him, this custom which started in Northern India, has made its way not only on the southern side, but to countries such as Guyana, Malaysia, Fiji and Trinidad and Tobago. Mahalingam reminisced during his last Holi in Guyana by saying, “Guyana is called a rainbow nation and it is a rainbow nation truly. Guyana is a small globe within a globe. Undoubtedly, Holi is a great unifying force as it is a day to forget and forgive.”Chowtaal singing, primarily sung during this period, were also performed with an accompaniment of drums and jaals; two flat metal bases sometimes held together with strings. While being showered with powder of all hues, former President Bharrat Jagdeo was also among those who recognised that the spring festival has evolved significantly to one that is celebrated by everyone.“My message is to wish all Guyanese a happy Holi, especially Hindus. For them, this festival has a special religious significance. For others, it’s more a part of our national festival as we’re pleased that everyone is enjoying it,” former President Bharrat Jagdeo told the gathering.His words were followed by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge who stated that, “Phagwah has become a vehicle for promoting greater trust and understanding. When examined more closely, I think many of the differences which affect our society can be mended through greater understanding, trust and cooperation.”People’s Progressive Party Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali also expressed his wishes to the public, noting that it is also a time for reflection.“I hope that the colour of love, the colour of unity, the colour of togetherness will be with us and that we use this celebration of Holi 2019 to reflect on the country, on the future and the prospects of a better Guyana,” Ali said.Drums playing classical music were accompanied by popular Holi music, bringing out the inner child in adults, who also spared no chance to enjoy themselves.Meanwhile, other customary events included the grand culmination at the Providence Stadium, where thousands of persons would turn up for the social aspect of the event in the afternoon. There, the sound of drums filled the air along with speakers blasting Holi favourites, like the evergreen Rang Barse and Holi Khelay Raghubeera. This event continues to be the most-anticipated one and sees persons from all regions of the coast. Others took the opportunity to head over to the Kala Utsav spectacle, organised by the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha. The family-oriented programme did not disappoint those who were up for immersing themselves in a sea of flamboyant colours. Some were completely drenched in Abeer, which completely stained their attire and bodies. The event, once hosted at the Dharmic Kendra, has been moved to a number of locations to facilitate a growing number of persons.The joyous atmosphere was filled with live performances from the Dharmic Nritya Sangh dancers, all bedecked in bright spring colours and accompanied by other local artistes.Apart from these distinct locations, streets were seemingly crowded with swarms of people, where this celebration would last for more than one day.While this festival symbolises the triumph of good over evil, it also provides a sense of new beginnings as depicted with the blossoming of flowers during the spring season, leaving the gloomy winter days behind.
0Shares0000Ground for concern: Moenchengladbach’s Raul Bobadilla with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 18 – A brilliant first-half strike saw Marco Reus grab his first Bundesliga goal since May to secure a 1-0 win for Borussia Dortmund at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday in a match played on an atrocious pitch.The two teams were forced to play on a highly uneven surface in Moenchengladbach after recent poor weather had badly-affected the pitch at Borussia-Park. There were chances for both Lars Stindl and Raul Bobadilla early on, but the pitch remained the focus of attention, as Andre Schuerrle appeared to slip and hurt himself.Schuerrle recovered to set up Reus as Dortmund took the lead against the run of play on 32 minutes.Picking up a pinpoint long pass from Mario Goetze, Schuerrle squared the ball to Reus, whose dipping shot glanced off the crossbar on its way in.“I actually wanted to hit it further to the left,” Reus told Sky. “But the main thing is that the ball went in. We had to scrap today, and we have a lot of work ahead of us.”Reus has missed most of the current campaign with a cruciate ligament tear, and had not been on the scoresheet for Dortmund since scoring a brace on the final day of last season.Jannik Vestergaard found the net for Gladbach just before half-time, but was judged to be offside by the video assistant referee.Thorgan Hazard should have equalised moments later, darting into the box from the left wing before slicing the ball wide.Gladbach continued to push forward after the break, chances falling to both Denis Zakaria and Matthias Ginter before Sokratis denied Bobadilla with a goal-line clearance on 55 minutes.Day of delight: Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger celebrates the winning goal © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZAs the second half wore on, Roman Buerki was forced into a string of saves, denying Stindl, Bobadilla and Nico Elvedi to keep Dortmund ahead.At the other end, Reus saw his fizzing half-volley beaten away by Yann Sommer.Earlier in the day, Mario Gomez’s goal was enough to secure a first away win of the season for Stuttgart, and inflict a first home defeat since October on Augsburg.The veteran striker gave Stuttgart the lead just before the half-hour mark. After Erik Thommy’s free-kick was blocked by the defensive wall, Gomez pounced on the loose ball and swept it into the bottom corner.Michael Gregoritsch appeared to equalise for Augsburg ten minutes later, but he too was correctly ruled offside after a two-minute long consultation with the video assistant referee.Only a superb save from Marwin Hitz stopped Stuttgart from doubling the lead on 65 minutes, the Augsburg goalkeeper denying Gomez from point blank range.“We should really have won by three or four goals today,” Gomez told Sky. “But we showed amazing character, and we’re going in the right direction.”The win lifts Stuttgart four points clear of the bottom three, while Dortmund move into second ahead of RB Leipzig’s visit to Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
West Ham have enquired about a possible deal for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green.Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is searching for an experienced shot-stopper to provide cover for first-choice Adrian following the departure of Jussi Jaaskelainen.The club are now looking into the possibilitiy of re-signing Green, who spent six years at Upton Park before moving to Rangers in 2012. The England international featured in QPR’s defeat at Charlton on Saturday and boss Chris Ramsey wants to hold on to the 35-year-old.However, Rangers are looking to move on high earners following relegation and Green – on more than £50,000 per week – falls into that category.And, with one year left on his contract at Loftus Road, the Hoops could be tempted into doing a deal with West Ham. Rob Green 1
Gale-force Santa Ana winds peaking at 112 mph whipped through the region Tuesday, knocking out power for 4,000 Los Angeles residents and ripping large trees from the ground. Hundreds of Valley residents from Granada Hills, Northridge, North Hills and Woodland Hills sat in the dark for part of Christmas Day after ferocious 60 mph winds blew from the north, knocking out power along the way. About 35 crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power scurried around town to restore electricity Tuesday afternoon to Valley residents as red-flag fire alerts hung over Los Angeles and Ventura counties. “The winds come through the Santa Susana Pass. That helps push them,” said Kim Hughes, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles DWP. “Usually those areas up against the mountains see higher wind velocities.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonFrom Monday night through Tuesday, 10,000 Los Angeles residents – largely in the Valley – lost power from the roaring winds. At least one San Fernando Valley transformer caught fire, officials said. The most extreme winds in the area topped out Tuesday morning at 112 mph at Whitaker Peak in the Angeles National Forest, west of the Golden State Freeway and Teplin Highway, authorities said. Malibu Hills in the Topanga Canyon area felt 78 mph winds about 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, which dropped to 70 mph by afternoon. Sitting five miles north of Castaic Lake, Warm Springs was jolted with wind averaging 71 mph throughout the day. Despite the high winds, wildfires feared by fire officials failed to materialize. Around town, wind rattled buildings, windows and doors, setting off burglar alarms and creating some confusion and annoyance for nearby homeowners. In the West Valley, police received 40 calls – three times more than usual – about blaring burglar alarms. “The wind blows the doors and windows and causes a break in the system,” said Los Angeles police Lt. Greg Baltad. Gusts in Winnetka sent a large tree crashing onto a minivan at Bassett and Oso streets, residents said. Another fallen tree blocked a traffic lane on Don Juan Place in Woodland Hills, causing motorists to swerve around it as they headed out to holiday celebrations. It’s been four straight days of rugged winds blowing across the Southland – unusual for the Santa Anas, which usually last a day and a half, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. It’s different this time. As the high pressure blows from Nevada into California, it’s being fueled by strong winds 10,000 feet high and also mixing with low pressure from the coast, Seto said. “They pile up on top of each other,” Seto said. Windy weather should decrease today, with peak gusts expected to fall to 30 mph. But the wind is expected to gain speed again by Thursday, peaking at 45 mph. Come Friday, Seto warns, have your umbrellas on standby: There’s a 30 percent chance of rain, which could stretch into Saturday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A man has appeared in court after a Garda was injured after a patrol car was involved in a collision last night.John Tierney appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with five counts of dangerous driving. Tierney, aged 29, was arrested by Gardai at Cullion Road in Letterkenny.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station for interview and appeared at court this morning.He was charged with five counts of dangerous driving at Leck, Neil T Blaney Road, Cullion Road, Canal Road and Paddy Harte Road, all which are in Letterkenny.Tierney, of 33 Celtic Apartments, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, was also charged with having no insurance and having no driving license.He did not speak during the short court appearance.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Gardai had no objection to bail but said he did not want Tierney to drive.“We don’t want him to drive a car, he has no reason to drive. We don’t want him behind the wheel,” he told Judge Deirdre Gearty.He also asked the court to order Tierney to sign on twice a week at Letterkenny Garda station and to be of good behaviour.Inspector Harrison asked the case to be adjourned to allow for directions to come from the Director of Public Prosecutions.Solicitor Michael Shiel said that his client agreed to all bail conditions.The case was adjourned until October 22nd next to allow for DPP directions.Letterkenny Courthouse (North West Newspix)Man in court after Garda injured during collision with patrol car was last modified: August 7th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carcourtGardaJohn Tierneyletterkenny
Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings 2 Fallon d’Floor Pure class Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter LU BEAUTY Sam Allardyce has hailed his England successor Gareth Southgate for transforming England into a young and exciting side ahead of the World Cup.Southgate has rebuilt the Three Lions since his appointment in 2016, taking the reins when Allardyce resigned after just one game in charge. Shy guy “I think, across the board, it’s given England a lot of good options.“When I saw the ten changes for the second warm-up game against Costa Rica, I think it stands them in good stead that all the players have gone on the pitch and performed. A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers 2 Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song misery diamond geezer World Cup latest on talkSPORT.com He inherited a team still reeling from their disastrous Euro 2016 campaign earlier that year – one that lacked a spark and was devoid of confidence.But he has rejuvenated the side in preparation for the World Cup, injecting the Three Lions with youth and giving a number of in-form players their chance on the international stage.Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier are among the players to have been handed England debuts by Southgate, and they are now on their way to Russia as part of the Three Lions’ World Cup squad.Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Allardyce said: “Gareth made some brave decisions and I’m really pleased they’ve brought young players into the team.“They’ve put them in when they’ve needed to and the players have stood up and been counted. Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup SUPERSTITION Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Good times NO JOY Liverpool’s 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold receives his World Cup squad number You’re the one ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches “At some stage in the three group games he’ll need to change the team and tactically that will be a very big decision.“He’ll get criticised if he doesn’t change it and he’ll be criticised if he does and they don’t get the right result.“But I think Gareth has got a lot of options to change the side around in Russia.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.