EU Calls for Peace among US, China and Russia to Ease Global Tensions

The European Union on Monday urged the United States, China and Russia to work together to ease worsening global trade tensions, warning that they could otherwise spiral into “conflict and chaos”.

The comments from EU Council President Donald Tusk come as Washington and Beijing stand on the brink of a trade war which many fear could hammer the global economy, while the US has also picked fights with allies in Europe and Canada.

“It is the common duty of Europe and China, but also America and Russia, not to destroy (the global trade order) but to improve it, not to start trade wars which turned into hot conflicts so often in our history,” Tusk said in Beijing.

“There is still time to prevent conflict and chaos.”

Tusk spoke at an annual EU-China summit held Monday against the backdrop of the deepening trade discord.

The EU — the world’s biggest single market with 28 countries and 500 million people — is trying to buttress alliances in the face of the protectionism unleashed by US President Donald Trump’s “America First” administration.

The meeting between Chinese and European officials in Beijing, which also included European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, came as Trump prepared to hold talks in Helsinki with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Trump fuelled the rising rancour in a interview aired Sunday in which he labelled the EU, Russia and China as “foes” of the United States.

– ‘Multilateralism under attack’ –

Tusk said the world needs trade reform and not confrontation.

“This is why I am calling on our Chinese hosts, but also on Presidents Trump and Putin, to jointly start this process from a thorough reform of the WTO (World Trade Organization),” Tusk said, without specifying the reforms.

“Today we are facing a dilemma: whether to play a tough game, such as tariff wars and conflict in places like Ukraine and Syria, or to look for common solutions based on fair rules,” Tusk said.

In a meeting later with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Juncker said that “multilateralism is under attack, an attack unprecedented since the end of World War II.”

“We cannot accept that through unilateral attacks, the multilateral system should be damaged,” he said, also stressing the need for WTO reform.

French President Emmanuel Macron had called in late May for talks on overhauling the WTO at a time when European companies were bracing for punishing US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports that ultimately went into effect on June 1.

Besides the steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU, Russia and major US trading partners, Trump earlier this month implemented tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, drawing a tit-for-tat response from Beijing.

Washington last week threatened yet more measures on another $200 billion in Chinese goods.

Beijing has said it would retaliate for that, and on Monday the Commerce Ministry said it had added the $200 billion tariff threat to existing WTO complaints which it has lodged against Washington.

The back-and-forth has heightened fears that trading powers will hunker down into a destructive all-out trade war that could hit global growth.

China said on Monday that its economic growth rate had slowed slightly to 6.7 percent in the second quarter of this year, from 6.8 percent the previous quarter, and a government spokesman warned that a trade conflict threatens all the countries concerned.

“The China-US trade friction unilaterally provoked by the United States will have an impact on the Chinese and US economies,” said Mao Shengyong, a spokesman for the national statistics bureau.

“Now that the world economy is deeply integrated, industrial chains have become globalised, and many related countries also will feel an impact.”

France to Embark on Victory Parade Following Triumph

The World Cup-winning French team is travelling home on Monday for a victory parade on the Champs Elysees following their triumph in Moscow that sparked wild celebrations nationwide.

France overcame a determined Croatia team to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final, with teenager Kylian Mbappe applying the coup de grace and cementing his place as a new global superstar at the age of just 19.

Millions of fans in France celebrated into the night, honking car horns and flying the tricolour flag while the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe were lit up in the national colours of blue, white and red.

The Champs Elysees, the gathering point for all national celebrations, was being cleaned up after Sunday night’s mass party and will be used for a parade by the team on an electric open-top bus on Monday from around 1500 GMT.

Many commentators focused on the outpouring of patriotism and sense of national unity created by the multiracial French team, many of whose stars including Mbappe and Paul Pogba hail from deprived and often overlooked areas of Paris.

People on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris celebrated France’s World Cup victory
Laurent Joffrin, editor of the leftwing Liberation newspaper, said they had lived up to the ideal of “the republic that we love: united and diverse, patriotic and open, national without being nationalist”.

“Endless happiness,” trumpeted the headline in France’s L’Equipe sports newspaper, while the Journal du Dimanche weekly rushed out a special edition in Paris hailing a team which has ascended “To the Stars”.

– ‘Champions of the world’ –

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin caresses the World Cup trophy
In Paris, the metro system temporarily renamed six of its stations in honour of the key players, with the Victor Hugo stop — named after the famed 19th-century writer — becoming Victor Hugo Lloris after the team’s captain and goalkeeper.

Two stations were rebaptised in tribute to coach Didier Deschamps, who captained the national side to victory on home soil in 1998.

Alongside Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer, he has become only the third man to win the World Cup both as a player and coach.

Deschamps, who was soaked in champagne by his overjoyed players in a chaotic press conference, said afterwards that the win was “just as big and just as beautiful” as his 1998 triumph.

“There are two things that matter — one is that these 23 players are now together for life, whatever happens, and also that from now on they will not be the same again, because they are world champions,” he said.

“To be champions of the world as professional footballers, there is nothing better.”

France defender Raphael Varane cradles the World Cup trophy
French President Emmanuel Macron, who attended the game at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, is set to host the players at a reception at the presidential palace along with 1,000 children later Monday.

The 40-year-old centrist had an eventful evening in Moscow where he was pictured wildly celebrating each of the goals, was drenched in a downpour during the trophy presentation and then became a social media sensation.

The latter was down to French defender Benjamin Mendy, who posted a video of the former investment banker attempting to “dab” in the players’ changing room — a form of celebration imported from American football and rap.

– ‘Extraordinary soccer’ –

The Eiffel Tower showed the two years when France won the World Cup, 20 years apart
Macron will be relieved that an evening of joyous and occasionally chaotic celebrations back home passed off without any major incident following a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed nearly 250 lives.

There were 292 people arrested nationwide and isolated clashes between police and rowdy crowds in Paris, Lyon and Marseille.

Several French supporters were involved in fatal accidents, including a man who threw himself into a shallow canal in the city of Annecy.

For Croatia, a country of just four million people, the loss was bitter but their fans took solace in the best run in the nation’s history, which featured a stunning win against Argentina and a semi-final victory against England.

“Thank you, heroes! – You gave us everything!” read the Sportske Novosti front page. “‘Vatreni’ (the “Fiery Ones” in Croatian), you are the biggest, you are our pride, your names will remain written in gold forever!” the newspaper said.

Croatia playmaker Luka Modric was voted best player of the tournament, Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois was named the best goalkeeper and Harry Kane of England won the Golden Boot as top-scorer with six goals.

US President Donald Trump tweeted congratulations to France for their “extraordinary soccer” and also praised Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for his hosting of the tournament, which he described as “one of the best ever”.

Putin said Russia could be “proud” of its organisation of the event, adding that foreign visitors holding World Cup fan ID cards could have visa-free entry for the rest of 2018.

(AFP)

World Cup Finale: Didier Deschamps, Team React to Victory

France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the football World Cup on Sunday, handing them their second victory in the competition after a successful campaign on home soil in 1998.

Following are comments, quotes and reactions from the French coach, players and President Emmanuel Macron.

NATIONAL COACH DIDIER DESCHAMPS

“It is really beautiful. It is marvellous. We did not play a great match but we showed a strong mental quality.

“We also scored four goals. We merit it. I am very happy for this team. We are coming from very far and it has not always been easy, but thanks to hard work, they are here and are on top of the world for the next four years.”

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN, SCORER OF A PENALTY

“I don’t know where I am, it is great… Very happy. It was a difficult match. Croatia play a great game. We started timidly. We knew it was a World Cup Final. We got into the game and on counter attacks, we made the difference. Very happy. We look forward to lifting the cup and taking it to France.”

PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON

In a tweet, the president said one word: “Merci”

STRIKER OLIVIER GIROUD

“We have been celebrating with eveyone and my teammates in the locker room. The president (Macron) was here, likewise President Putin and the Croatian president, who congratulated us.”

Giroud said he plans to honour his pledge to cut his hair if France wins the world cup.

“It is expected and I’ll do it.”

KYLIAN MBAPPE, 19-YEAR-OLD STRIKER AND GOAL SCORER

“I’m very happy. I was able to show my ambitions and our collective ambition, which was to win. It was a long road, but it was worth while and we are world champions and very proud.

“It is the life that we wanted, we are proud to make French people happy.

On his goal:

“It was a superb goal, especially since it was a goal that gave us wings.”

PAUL POGBA, MIDFIELDER AND GOAL SCORER

“It is a dream since I was a young boy.”

“I hope we have made you proud.”

What did you tell your teammates before the game?

“I told everyone that we are 90 minutes away from realising our dream, we are 90 minutes from entering into history books for life, and we were 90 minutes away from making France rock, even children and their children will know about this. So guys, we can do this.

“There are two teams and a Cup and we are not going to let another team take this Cup. That is all I told them.”

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Meghan Markle Supports Serena at Wimbledon

Back in May, Serena Williams attended the royal wedding to support her friend Meghan Markle, and now, Meghan and her sister-in-law Kate Middleton are supporting Serena in turn. The three reunited at Wimbledon on Saturday, July 14, where Serena was competing in the finals, The Cut reports. In addition to cheering on their friend, this is the first time Meghan and Kate have been seen in public together.

A video posted by the official Wimbledon Twitter account shows the special guests getting out of the car and preparing to meet with athletes. They’re both dressed perfectly for the occasion, with Kate wearing a white polka dotted dress and holding a light pink purse. Meghan wore a white and blue striped button-down shirt, white Ralph Lauren slacks, and a Maison Michel straw hat with a ribbon around it, according to the blog Meghan’s Mirror.

Serena and Meghan’s friendship goes way back, with Meghan watching her friend play several times before at the Grass Court Grand Slam, according to ABC. “We’ve always had a wonderful friendship … our friendship is still exactly the same. We have always supported each other and been there for each other through a lot,” Serena, who ended up losing the title to German player Angelique Kerber, said at Wimbledon on Thursday. It looks like the new Duchess’s appearance at the tournament is no exception.

Source: Teen Vogue

World Cup Finale: Croatian Fans go Emotional after Loss

After watching their soccer team lose 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday, some Croatians wept with sadness while others felt pride that their tiny nation had gone so far in the tournament.

When the final whistle blew fans who had gathered in Ban Jelacic square in the capital Zagreb to watch the match on a big screen hugged each other in commiseration.

One young woman used a red-and-white Croatian flag to wipe tears from her eyes as a female friend, also crying, put her arm around her.

Others continued waving Croatian flags and scarves through the disappointment after watching their country play in the World Cup final for the first time.

“The French proved better in decisive moments although we practically let them score the first two goals too easily. Still, it is a great achievement to play in the final and we can only be proud of what our soccer team has done in the World Cup,” 59-year old Darko Ilakovac said.

Croatia, with a population of only 4.2 million people, were not among the favourites at the start of the tournament. Their progress to the final gripped the imagination of the Balkan nation and members of the Croatian diaspora living in countries from Germany to Australia.

“For a nation of four million people it’s a miracle to come to the World Cup final,” said Aleksander Ceferin, the head of European soccer’s governing body Uefa.

Croatia will stage on Monday a welcoming party for the soccer team in Zagreb. Thousands of Croat fans are expected to come to the main Zagreb square in the early afternoon when the players are due to arrive.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic appealed to employers to let staff leave work early to join the celebration. Train tickets will be 50 percent cheaper for those wishing to travel to Zagreb from other Croatian cities for the occasion.

World Cup Finale: France Wins World Cup

France won the World Cup for the second time in spectacular style on Sunday as a 4-2 victory in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades ended battling outsiders Croatia’s dreams of a first title.

After an early own goal by Mario Mandzukic France’s big guns delivered on the biggest stage of all as Antoine Griezmann – with a penalty awarded after a VAR review – Paul Pogba and teenage tyro Kylian Mbappe all hit the target.

Ivan Perisic and Mandzukic replied for Croatia, who ended beaten but unbowed after making much of the running in their first appearance in the final.

It was the highest-scoring decider since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 60 years ago.

There were as many goals in 90-action-packed Moscow minutes as in the last four finals combined, and three of those went to extra time.

The game featured the first final own goal and the first VAR-decided spot-kick – one that Croatia were furious about and that was arguably the turning point of the game.

But the only statistic France will really care about is that the result makes them world champions for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

Having lost the 2006 final on penalties to Italy, it also meant there was no repeat of two years ago when they were beaten in the European Championship final by Portugal in Paris.

The win means Didier Deschamps, captain of the 1998 side, becomes the third man to lift the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.

“How marvellous,” Deschamps said having been carried shoulder high around the pitch by his players in a post-match downpour. “It’s a young team who are on the top of the world. Some are champions at the age of 19.

“We did not play a huge game but we showed mental quality – and we scored four goals.

“It hurt so much to lose the Euro two years ago, but it made us learn too and we worked so hard for 55 days here.”

OWN GOAL

Croatia started full of energy but went behind in the 18th minute when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off the head of Mandzukic, who had scored the extra-time winner against England in the semifinal.

That meant it was the fourth successive knockout game in which Croatia conceded first but again they found a way back as Perisic, who got the equaliser against England, smashed in a low shot 10 minutes later.

But then came the moment which will keep the VAR debate at the top of the sport’s agenda.

Perisic flapped an arm at a corner and after Argentine referee Nestor Pitana conducted a protracted VAR review he awarded the 28th penalty of the tournament, another record.

Ignoring more Croatian protests, Griezmann stroked the ball home in the 38th minute for his fourth goal of Russia 2018.

That made it the highest-scoring first half since 1974, when West Germany led the Netherlands 2-1 – also the final score – but this time there was much more to come.

Croatia were on top again after the break but France held out and went 3-1 up on the hour as Mbappe and Griezmann combined to set up Pogba on the edge of the box.

The midfielder’s right-footed shot was blocked but he quickly and coolly curved the rebound in with his left.

Six minutes later Lucas Hernandez tore down the left to set up Mbappe to drill home a low shot as the 19-year-old young player of the tournament claimed his fourth goal in Russia and became the first teenager to score in a final since Pele in 1958.

After three successive extra-time knockout games the chances of Croatia coming back again looked impossible but they were thrown a lifeline by Lloris, who tried to dribble round Mandzukic only for the striker to block the ball and send it into the unguarded net.

Croatia, beaten by the French in the semifinals in their first World Cup appearance in 1998, continued to press but their energy was sapped and France safely held out.

Croatia’s shirtless fans rightly saluted their players as torrential rain lashed down on the presentation ceremony and coach Zlatko Dalic had few regrets.

“We are sad but proud at the same time,” he said. “We played well but the penalty knocked the wind out of us and after that it was very difficult.

“The French did not surprise us, we let in two soft goals coupled with an own goal and a penalty. We wanted to win the World Cup so much but that’s football.”

Ekiti Election: Governor Dankwambo, Secondus, Others Mourn PDP Loss

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State took to his twitter page to mourn the PDP loss to Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress, over his victory in the Ekiti governorship election on Saturday.

Dankwambo, a PDP presidential aspirant, in a tweet today said: “We gave all the necessary support to our party and the candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka to win the #EkitiDecides2018, but sad we lost. In life, you win some and lose some. Congratulations to the winner, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.”

His statement was in sharp contrast to the position of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which rejected “in its entirety”, the outcome of the election, echoeing the local branch in Ekiti.

Governor Dankwambo
@HEDankwambo
We gave all the necessary support to our party and the candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka to win the #EkitiDecides2018, but sad we lost. In life, you win some and lose some. Congratulations to the winner, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.

The PDP chairman, Uche Secondus had said in Abeokuta on Saturday that the Ekiti election was crucial to its plans for the 2019 campaign and the outcome may take the party back to the drawing board, as it loses its last foothold in the South West of Nigeria.

The party in the statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary said it rejected “whatever outcome is being concocted by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, in the governorship election in Ekiti state.

Fayemi with his wife Bisi, savouring his victory along with Governor Amosun, right, Governor Bagudu, 4th right and and Governor Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar
“The process, characterized by open alteration of results, brutalization of innocent citizens, barefaced cruelty and intimidation of our members by security agencies, is a brazen assault against democracy and a direct subversion of the will of the people which is completely unacceptable.

“The PDP is armed with the details of all manipulations by the APC, who is being aided by security agencies and compromised INEC officials to rig the election, particularly, the audacious alteration and substitution of election results in favour of the APC at the collation centres amidst the brutalization of our agents.

“The PDP also has details of all the polling units where we won, mostly with very wide margin ahead of the APC, only for the security agencies to aid the swapping and alteration of such results with those smuggled in by the APC at the collation centres.

“It is instructive to state that all the issues we raised ahead of the election, including the conspiracy between the APC, some compromised INEC officials and security agencies; the importation of thugs from other states by the APC; the use of brutal force against our members and the alteration of results in favour of the APC, have all manifested.

“The PDP holds strongly that there is no way our democracy can survive with an electoral process such as this, being witnessed today in Ekiti state under President Muhammadu Buhari and the current INEC.

“This bald-faced subversion of the will of the people is a clear recipe for a serious crisis and we invite Nigerians and the international community to hold President Buhari and his APC as well as the INEC Chairman and heads of security agencies in Nigeria responsible for any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti state as a result of this election.

“This on-going robbery of the franchise of Ekiti people is a horrible rape of our democracy and most uncharitable of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC who hugely benefitted from the credible election midwifed by the PDP in 2015”.

Election Victory Significant for Nigeria, Kayode Fayemi

The governor-elect of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said his victory in Saturday’s governorship election is very significant for the future of democracy in Nigeria.

“This was just not an Ekiti election, I want people to understand that this election has a lot of significance to the future of democracy in Nigeria.

” The fact that we have witnessed a free, fair and transparent election process has huge importance for similar exercises like Osun State next door to us and eventually the national elections in February 2019,” he said.

Fayemi spoke on Sunday while addressing the newsmen in Isan-Ekiti shortly after he was declared the winner of the governorship election.

He said: ” The victory of this election, I believe, is for reclaiming the land and restoring the values of our people.

“Our values in Ekiti are respect for our leaders, commitment to our people, non-brigandage, nor criminality and so on.

” This victory is a victory for all, it is not a victory for only Gov. Kayode Fayemi, it is a victory for all the Ekiti people.’’

The governor-elect thanked all the APC leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, National Leader of the APC, Sen. Bola Tinubu, former governor of Ogun, Chief Segun Osoba, former interim Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, as well as party leaders in the state.

He also thanked his family members, especially his wife, Bisi, for their support during the election campaign.

Fayemi first became governor of the state in 2010, after a three year legal battle to reclaim his 2007 victory. He lost re-election in 2014 following massive rigging for his successor, Ayodele Fayose, by the Peoples Democratic Party.

(NAN)

Ekiti Election: Fayemi Declared Winner of Unit

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Ekiti State Governorship Election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been declared the winner in his polling unit of Isan Ward 11 Unit 9.

The results, as released by the polling agents, are as follow:

APC- 186

PDP – 2

APA – 1

Unused papers – 145

Total registered voters – 345

Serena Loses Wimbledon to German Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber became the first German woman to win Wimbledon for 22 years as the 11th seed shattered Serena Williams’ bid for Grand Slam history with a shock 6-3, 6-3 victory in Saturday’s final.

Kerber avenged her defeat against Williams in the 2016 Wimbledon title match, overwhelming the seven-time champion with a stunning 65-minute upset on Centre Court.

“I knew I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena,” Kerber said.

“It was my second chance to play in the final. I think I’m the next one after Steffi who won. That’s amazing.”

Williams had hoped to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles by winning her first major prize since becoming a mother in September.

The 36-year-old, who last won a Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, went into the final as the title favourite, even though she was playing only the fourth tournament of her post-pregnancy comeback.

But instead world number 10 Kerber sprang a huge surprise, making her Germany’s first female champion at the All England Club since Steffi Graf in 1996.

“It’s obviously disappointing but I am just getting started,” said an emotional Williams after losing in the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2008.

“For all you mums out there I was playing for you. I really tried.”

Graf helped Kerber get her game on track earlier in the her career, so it was an especially sweet moment for the 30-year-old to follow in her footsteps at Wimbledon.

Kerber had endured a significant slump last year after wining her previous major titles at the Australian and US Opens in 2016.

But, back to her best on the grass at Wimbledon, she needed only 11 winners and one ace to deny an oddly nervous Serena, who contributed to her own downfall with a whopping 24 unforced errors, compared to only five from Kerber.

In the first Wimbledon final for 41 years to feature two women 30 or older, Serena was cheered on by her friend the Duchess of Sussex, golf legend Tiger Woods and Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton.

Left needing several life-saving operations to deal with the threat of blood clots after Olympia’s birth, Williams was unable to walk for six weeks and even now is still haunted by harrowing flashbacks to that period.

– Error-strewn –

Winning Wimbledon with Olympia at the tournament with her was supposed to be the crowning glory of her return to the top.

But, foreshadowing the pain to come, Serena’s 30th Grand Slam final got off to a rocky start as she dropped her serve with four unforced errors in the opening game.

Play had started two hours late due to the conclusion of Novak Djokovic’s win over Rafael Nadal in the men’s semi-finals, and it was Serena who looked more affected by the delay

She briefly hit back, breaking to love in the fourth game, but then produced another error-strewn effort, including two double faults, to gift a 4-3 lead to Kerber.

Although Williams was on a 20-match winning run at Wimbledon and had lost only one set en route to the final, she was completely out of sorts, spraying wild ground-strokes wide time and again.

Kerber, cleverly moving Serena into awkward positions, took full advantage, winning four games in a row to wrap up the set.

The 11th seed knew what it took to beat Serena in a Grand Slam showpiece after winning their 2016 Australian Open final.

She kept nagging away at Serena and induced more miscues from the American in the sixth game of the second set.

On break point, the left-hander landed the knockout blow with a fierce forehand winner down the line that left Williams grasping in vain to reach it.

When Williams made another mistake to lose the next game, she gestured to her coaching team with a look of depair.

Her agony only increased with a woeful volley that flew long to put Kerber within two points of the title.

Moments later, Serena’s misery was complete as a tame return left Kerber wiping away tears of joy.

(AFP)

World Cup 2018: Harry Kane Disappointed at Loss in Last Games

England captain Harry Kane admitted the Three Lions must improve if they are to build on reaching the World Cup semifinals after losing the third-place playoff 2-0 to Belgium on Saturday.

Gareth Southgate’s side made the last four for the first time in 28 years, but a second defeat in the tournament to Belgium means they ultimately lost three of their seven games in Russia.

“We closed it for sure (the gap to best top teams). But today shows, and some other games show, that there is still room for improvement,” said Kane.

“We’ve said that all along – we’re not the finished article yet, we’re still learning, we’re still getting better.

“We don’t want to wait another 20-odd years to get to the semifinal in big matches. This is the level we’ve got to stay at now. We’ve got to improve, we’ve got to get better, but it will come.”

Kane failed to find the net in England’s final three games of the tournament, but still remains on course to win the Golden Boot thanks to his six goals against Tunisia, Panama and Colombia.

“Obviously I’m disappointed I couldn’t get a goal in the last few games,” added the Tottenham Hotspur striker.

“Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn’t. But if I win it, it’ll be something I’ll be very proud of.”

(Supersport)