No night-outs at World Cup, says Eng­land boss Southgate

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ENG­LAND will not al­low their play­ers to risk any late-night dra­mas at the World Cup, with man­ager Gareth Southgate con­firm­ing there will be no night-outs in Russia.

The be­hav­iour of high-pro­file ath­letes has been brought into fo­cus once more after AMER­ICA’S cham­pion skier Lind­sey Vonn, 32, could have her wish of rac­ing against men, granted next year. The US Ski and Snow­board As­so­ci­a­tion (USSA) is set to pro­pose Vonn’s en­try into the men’s field in a down­hill race in 2018, and the sport’s govern­ing body, FIS could con­sider the pro­posal in its pre-season meet­ings in Zurich on Oc­to­ber 3 and 4. The race could well be at Vonn’s favourite venue — Lake Louise, where she’s claimed 13 win down­hill. “USSA will put for­ward a pro­posal for Lind­sey Vonn to par­tic­i­pate in the men’s down­hill in Lake Louise,” read a FIS statement. Vonn, an Olympic and mul­ti­ple World Cup cham­pion, has al­ways main­tained that since she has matched men in train­ing, she should get an op­por­tu­nity to race against them in com­pe­ti­tions too. Eng­land crick­eter Ben Stokes was ar­rested in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing after he was in­volved in a brawl at a Bris­tol club. Southgate said there was no ques­tion of his boys going out late at night at next sum­mer’s World Cup, if they do qual­ify ob­vi­ously. “I can’t see in a tour­na­ment where we would actually be let­ting them go out at night. I can see why time with their fam­i­lies would be important,” he stressed.

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