All set for Ch­este duel

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This week­end's Moto GP race in Ch­este will de­ter­mine the over­all win­ner of the cham­pi­onship, to be de­cided be­tween Marc Márquez and An­drea Dovi­cioso (pic­tured).

Over 202,000 peo­ple at­tended last year's events, in a town which has a pop­u­la­tion of just un­der 8,500 in­hab­i­tants.

FOOTABLL By Si­mon Peach, P.A. Gareth South­gate has dis­missed talk of a club ver­sus coun­try row as "non­sense" as he pre­pares for Fri­day's friendly against Ger­many with a de­pleted squad.

Tot­ten­ham trio Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks were forced out of the ini­tial 25-man squad, with Ra­heem Ster­ling, Fabian Delph and Jor­dan Hen­der­son later with­draw­ing.

Kane with­drew from the squad on Mon­day af­ter tak­ing a knock dur­ing Spurs' win over Crys­tal Palace last week­end, but ques­tions were asked about the sever­ity of his in­jury when Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino said he would be fit for next week­end's north Lon­don derby against Arse­nal.

Speak­ing in a press con­fer­ence, South­gate said: "We've had to change plans be­cause there was so much un­cer­tainty com­ing in but we've got the play­ers we've got and I've re­ally en­joyed the week.

"New play­ers com­ing in - it's a great op­por­tu­nity for us to look at them."

Asked if he was sat­is­fied that all the play­ers who had with­drawn were gen­uinely in­jured, South­gate said: "Yeah, ab­so­lutely.

"Harry Kane - I knew he was in trou­ble be­cause he stayed down - Harry Kane doesn't stay down.

"Both him and Harry Winks were scanned, our med­i­cal depart­ment re­viewed, and there is no way they're avail­able for our two games. Spurs might risk them for the Arse­nal game, that's a dif­fer­ent mat­ter.

"I hear this talk of club v coun­try - it's non­sense. They are in­jured and they can't play."

In late March Eng­land played Ger­many in Dort­mund, where that friendly match was marred by of­fen­sive chants about the World Wars from a sec­tion of vis­it­ing sup­port­ers.

Ahead of the lat­est meet­ing be­tween the na­tions, South­gate con­demned the rogue fans re­spon­si­ble for the songs and praised Ger­many for de­cid­ing to pay their own re­spects by wear­ing black arm­bands bear­ing pop­pies.

Of the chant­ing, the Eng­land boss said: "I think it's com­pletely un­ac­cept­able. We have a huge per­cent­age of fans who fol­low us away but there was an el­e­ment shout­ing things that night that were un­ac­cept­able.

"We're talk­ing about in­di­vid­u­als and the vast ma­jor­ity of the sup­port­ers are bril­liant.

"I think Ger­many have taken a huge step in terms of agree­ing to wear the poppy."

John Stones is ex­cited about the dou­ble-header against two of the world's best teams, with Fri­day's op­po­nents boast­ing two of his Manch­ester City team-mates in Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gun­do­gan.

"You al­ways want to play with the best and play against the best, to test your­self at your max­i­mum ca­pa­bil­ity," said the cen­tre-half.

"It al­ways helps to have a bit of in­sight into how those play­ers work. Bring­ing two world-class teams to Wem­b­ley is go­ing to be great for the fans and a great op­por­tu­nity for the play­ers.

"We've done our re­search on Ger­many but we don't want to over­anal­yse. It's about work­ing hard on the train­ing pitch and that's where the valu­able time is spent.

"Who­ever we come up against, we can go into the game know­ing that we trained for it." you could see her do­ing all three.

"I think the ques­tion isn't whether you can per­form in all three over the Olympics, it's whether you can mould your train­ing around all three so you don't di­lute your skill set and go af­ter three bronze medals rather than one gold medal."

For now, that is a prob­lem for an­other day. Af­ter all, Archibald does not want to look too far into the fu­ture when she has a week­end of rac­ing to worry about.

"I think this is in­ter­view num­ber three to­day," she said. "It's like how gym­nasts will do en­act­ments in their head. I've been forced into imag­in­ing what's go­ing to hap­pen at the week­end. And I feel mildly nau­seous."

Photo: Mike Eger­ton/PA Wire

Gareth South­gate (r) and John Stones at the press con­fer­ence

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