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Al­lan’s key Eng­land role

Hamilton Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Andy Mcgilvray

Harry Kane has been a key player in Eng­land’s im­pres­sive World Cup run — and a lot of the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur striker’s suc­cess is down to a for­mer Hamil­ton Ac­cies player.

Scottish strik­ing coach Al­lan Rus­sell is in charge of the leading scorer in Rus­sia and the rest of the Three Lions’ front­line. And he has al­ready in­spired them to make the most of set-pieces, as seen in Eng­land’s thump­ing 6-1 win over Panama in the group stages and the 2-0 vic­tory against Swe­den in the quar­ter­fi­nals. Rus­sell played more than 60 games for Ac­cies from 1999-2003, be­fore he agreed a re­lease and signed for St Mir­ren. Spells in Eng­land with Mac­cles­field, Mans­field Town and For­est Green Rovers fol­lowed, be­fore Rus­sell headed to the US.

He now owns his own train­ing com­pany called Su­pe­rior Striker and claims to be the world’s num­ber one strik­ing coach.

Rus­sell (37) is work­ing with Eng­land on a free­lance ba­sis and Kane said: “Al­lan does fin­ish­ing ses­sions with us, tells us about op­po­si­tion de­fend­ers, goal­keep­ers, and tells us maybe where we can ex­ploit a weak­ness.

“We are all top play­ers, so he is not run­ning through tech­nique or telling us how to strike a ball.

“It’s just lit­tle stuff to maybe give us an edge.

“He does our at­tack­ing set plays, which are go­ing pretty well so far, and we do a lot of work on it in train­ing.

“Ev­ery lit­tle helps — par­tic­u­larly the lit­tle de­tails at this level in a World Cup.”

And Kane’s sen­ti­ments were echoed by Manch­ester United winger Jesse Lin­gard (be­low), who be­lieves Rus­sell’s in­flu­ence has paid div­i­dends.

He added: “After train­ing, Al­lan goes through dif­fer­ent plays in and around the box. It’s all about fin­ish­ing.

“It is great to have him as a coach and we prac­tise with him.

“He has been with us for a while and we are used to him. He has played an im­por­tant role.”

That’s not the only in­volve­ment that La­nark­shire has in World Cup matches that are tak­ing place in Rus­sia this week­end.

Two of the four teams in­volved in ei­ther the fi­nal or the third/fourth place play-off fea­ture play­ers and as­sis­tant man­agers who have plied their trade for Hamil­ton Ac­cies and Mother­well.

Rus­sell has been help­ing Eng­land’s cam­paign, but Bel­gium have a dou­ble­whammy, with for­mer Mother­well de­fen­sive mid­fielder Roberto Martinez as man­ager, and ex-hamil­ton Ac­cies striker Graeme Jones as as­sis­tant.

Martinez (44) was at Fir Park from 200102, but had his con­tract ter­mi­nated when the Steel­men went into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Spa­niard Martinez went back down to Eng­land for a brief spell at Wal­sall, but then joined Swansea.

A tur­bu­lent re­la­tion­ship with man­ager Kenny Jacket saw him move to Chester for a sea­son be­fore re­plac­ing Jacket as Swansea man­ager in 2007.

Graeme Jones (48) joined Hamil­ton in 2005 and played for a sea­son, be­fore in­jury ended his ca­reer and he be­came as­sis­tant to then-man­ager Billy

Reid. Martinez took Jones to Swansea in 2007, and he has been with him in man­age­rial spells Wi­gan and Ever­ton.

Jones and Martinez were sacked at Ever­ton in May 2016, but the Spa­niard got the Bel­gium job in Au­gust of that year, and took Jones with him, where he was joined on the back­room team by France and Arse­nal leg­end Thierry Henry for the World Cup. at

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