Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

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Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2022

The 2022 BWF World Tour Finals will be held at Nimibutr Arena in Bangkok from Wednesday to Sunday.

It is the last tournament of the 2022 season with total prize money of US$1.5 million. The event was scheduled to be held in Guangzhou, China but was relocated due to the Covid-19 situation.

On Monday, the Badminton World Federation held a gala dinner to welcome players at Centara Grand at CentralWorld.

Several Thai athletes dressed up in Thai dresses for the tournament’s gala dinner.

Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

The award ceremony for the BWF Player of the Year Awards 2022 was also held.

Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

Among 10 awards, Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan won the award for the best-dressed player among her contemporaries.

Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

For the 2022 BWF World Tour Finals, the top eight players and pairs in each category in the BWF World Tour Rankings will be invited to compete, with a maximum of two players or pairs per member association being eligible.

Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

From Thailand, Ratchanok Intanon and Busanan Ongbamrungphan will compete in Group B of the women’s singles event.

Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

In the women’s doubles, Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard will compete in Group A with another Thai pair, Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.

Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai are in Group B of the mixed doubles with another Thai pair, Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran.

Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

Thai badminton fans can buy tickets at Thaiticketmajor outlets or watch the broadcast on SPOTV, True Sport 3, True Sport 7 and True4U channels.

Badminton World Tour finals kick off in Bangkok on Wednesday

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Good gusts welcome start of keelboat racing in 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

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Good gusts welcome start of keelboat racing in 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

Good gusts welcome start of keelboat racing in 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2022

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Sailors did not have to wait long to get underway at the 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta as good wind gusting to 20 knots, held allowing Race Officer Simon James to get in three windward-leeward races for the IRC Zero, and IRC One classes.

The IRC Premier Cruising, Charter Cruising and the Multihull classes were each sent on a single passage race.              
 

17 keelboats and multihulls spread over five classes are competing in the Asia’s longest-running and most illustrious regatta, held over five days racing through scenic courses amidst the beautiful Andaman Sea islands. Combined with the 182 participating dinghies it brings the total of participating boats to just below 200. A great bounce back as the regatta was put on hold in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.         
    
All eyes are on the three-boat IRC Zero class as all three entries have won the King’s Cup before. Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA72 is up against another TP52 Ray Roberts Team Hollywood as well as Sarab Jeet Singh and Nick Burns’ Welbourn 52 Windsikher. All three yachts have finely-tuned crew and cunning & knowledgeable skippers – this will be a battle for the ages.      

On day one, THA 72 captured the first two races with Team Hollywood winning the final race of the day, after finishing second in the first two contests. Windsikher had to play bridesmaid today, finishing third in all three races. So, THA 72 leads the class with four points followed closely by Team Hollywood with five and Windsikher in third spot with ten points.   

The majority of the crew on THA 72 raced as the Vāyu team in the TP52 Super Series this past summer in Europe. Don Whitcraft, who helmed THA 72 today, spoke after the race: 

Good gusts welcome start of keelboat racing in 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

“It was great to be back on the water. We had a couple of practice days, but today was a big day, hard racing, with three races, nine laps in total. It was really good, windier than previous days, a baptism by fire. The first two races went well for us, the third race we didn’t have a great start and Team Hollywood took advantage of that.”      

The six-boat IRC One class has Craig Douglas’ Ramrod, a Farr 40, take home wins in races two and three after finishing third in race one. They stand in first place with six points. A first, fourth and second-place finish in that order have    Morten Jakobsen’s Hanuman XXXIX, a VXOne, second spot with seven points heading into day two. In third place with eight points is Garry Holt’s Let’s Get It On, a Corby 37, as it had one second-place finish and two thirds today. You might remember this yacht as it used to called Jessandra II when it was owned by Andrew McDermott, and most or its crew was female. 

Kazuki Kihara’s Char Chan, a First 40.7, sits in fourth spot in the IRC One class with 13 points, based on a fourth, and second-place finish today, even the boat did not start the final race. Matti Sepp’s Judy, a Farr 30, was next with 14 points earning two fifths and a fourth-place. Craig Nichols Alright, a Sydney 40 (formerly owned by Scott Bradley and called Emagine), brought up the pack as it had a tough day with 20 points based on two DNFs and a sixth spot in race two.

The three-boat Premier Cruising class saw Peter Cremers Shatoosh, a Warwick 75, win on both elapsed and corrected time. The Thai vessel Pine Pacific, an X-Yacht 55, skipped by Ithinai Yingsiri, followed closely behind. Simon Piff’s Firstlight, a Beneteau First 50, unfortunately, did not finish the race.  

The Charter Cruising Class saw Torben Kristensen’s Kinnon, a Hanse 400, take home the honours today over the other two boats in the class with Jakod Handte’s Fei Jian, a Bavaria 33, coming in second and Masami Yamashita’s Sunsail Inlova, a Sunsail 41, placing third in the class.    
     
The two-boat Multihull OMR class saw Hermann Schwarz’ 2Fast4you, a Mumby Cyber 4800, pip Hang Chen’s ZOE, a Bahia 46 by twenty minutes on corrected time.     

The International Dinghy Classes race from 3-6 December at Kata Beach, divided into the following classes: Optimist Boys, Optimist Girls, 29er, 49er, Open ILCA4, Open ILCA6, Open ILCA 7, 420, 470, and Open Skiff. 182 dinghies from Thailand, United Kingdom, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and China are competing. 

Good gusts welcome start of keelboat racing in 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

In the 29er class, after seven races, Chaichanawut Deenak and Suthon Yampinit of Thailand lead the pack. Fellow countrywomen Narisara Satta and Nichapa Waiwai lead the 49er class after 7 races as well. 

The Open ILCA4 has ISAAC GOH of Singapore leading after six races with fellow countrymen Khoo Zachary leading the Open ILCA6 also after six races. The Open ILCA 7 has Thai national Prakasit Hongpradab leading after six races with fellow Thai Paliga Poonpat and Chakkaphat Wiriyakitti leading the 420 class after 7 races. The 470 class has Navee Thamsoontorn and Panida Suksomporn of Thailand leading after Seven races. Open Skiff has Anandi Chandavarkar of Indonesia leading after six races. Optimist Boys Chanatip Tongglum and Optimist Girls has Prin Subying leading after seven races.

The Royal Awards Ceremony will be on 10th December 2022 at Beyond Resort Kata, Kata Beach, Phuket.
 

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Brazil crush Korea 4-1 with attacking masterclass

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Brazil crush Korea 4-1 with attacking masterclass

Brazil crush Korea 4-1 with attacking masterclass

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2022

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World Cup favourites Brazil produced a performance to delight fans and terrify potential opponents on Monday (December 5) as they ripped through South Korea with four first-half goals to secure a hugely impressive 4-1 victory in their last 16 clash.

They were ahead after seven minutes when Raphinha’s low cross reached Vinicius Jr and he expertly lifted the ball above the charging goalkeeper and three defenders.
 

Five minutes later it was 2-0 with a Neymar penalty and Richarlison added a brilliant third after a spell of juggling then a razor combination with Marquinhos and Thiago Silva that had Brazil’s delirious fans dancing and neutrals everywhere purring.

Lucas Paqueta volleyed in the fourth after 36 minutes and the five-times champions played the second half as an exhibition, denied more goals only by impressive Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu, as they turned their attention to Friday’s quarter-final meeting with Croatia.

Korea worked tirelessly and bravely to try to limit the damage and were rewarded for their own attacking efforts when Paik Seung-ho smashed in a brilliant long-range shot beyond Alisson 13 minutes from time.

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England beat Senegal 3-0 to set up quarter-final clash with France

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England beat Senegal 3-0 to set up quarter-final clash with France

England beat Senegal 3-0 to set up quarter-final clash with France

MONDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2022

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Free-scoring England extended their unbeaten record against African teams with a 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday (December 4), which included a first goal at this World Cup from captain Harry Kane as they set up a quarter-final clash with holders France.

England had initially looked sluggish against Senegal’s pacy forwards, in the two nations’ first ever encounter, with a wonderful one-handed save by Jordan Pickford stopping Boulaye Dia from giving the African side a shock lead.

But Jordan Henderson settled England’s nerves in the 38th minute, stroking the ball home after being played in by Jude Bellingham at the end of a lovely passing move.

Kane struck a ferocious shot past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with the last kick of the first half, leaving him one goal behind Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 goals for England.

Nippy winger Bukayo Saka bagged the third with a neat chip over Mendy after a cross by Phil Foden in the 57th minute.

England’s goalfest in Qatar – 12 so far – equals their previous best World Cup total at Russia 2018 when they made the semi-finals. They scored 11 in winning the world title in 1966.

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Record-breaking Giroud, sublime Mbappe send France into quarter-finals with Poland win

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Record-breaking Giroud, sublime Mbappe send France into quarter-finals with Poland win

Record-breaking Giroud, sublime Mbappe send France into quarter-finals with Poland win

MONDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2022

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France beat Poland 3-1 in a record-smashing World Cup last-16 clash on Sunday (December 4) that saw Olivier Giroud become France’s outright all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe score a magnificent double.

France were relentless on the attack as they pushed for an opening goal but could not unlock a sturdy Poland until just before the break when Mbappe played a pin-point ball through to Giroud, who hammered it past a diving Wojciech Szczesny to claim his 52nd goal for Les Bleus.
 

Holders France continued to press after the break, with Giroud almost netting a second when he flicked Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post. But Mbappe did not miss in the 74th minute, unleashing a missile from just inside the penalty area that shot into the top corner.

Mbappe was not done, adding a second goal in stoppage time with another screamer to seal the win and take his total for the tournament to five.

A handball by Dayot Upamecano gave Poland’s Robert Lewandowski a chance of scoring a consolation goal with a penalty that was first saved by Hugo Lloris before being retaken — and scored — as the keeper did not have his feet on the line.

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No country has repeated as World Cup champions in six decades – since Brazil achieved the feat by claiming consecutive trophies in 1958 and 1962. Italy is the only other nation to have won two straight, in 1934 and 1938.

France’s quarterfinal opponent will be either England or Senegal.

France, however, wasn’t so sure to go this far when several other top players were ruled out shortly before the tournament because of physical issues, including midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, central defender Presnel Kimpembe, left back Lucas Hernandez, and forward Christopher Nkunku are also out.

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On a record-setting night for France, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris matched the national team mark of 142 appearances held by Lilian Thuram.

The previous defending champion to reach the quarterfinals was Brazil in 2006 – when France beat the South Americans before eventually losing in the final to Italy in a penalty shootout.

With two European teams playing, there weren’t all that many supporters of either country inside Al Thumama Stadium except for small pockets of France fans beating drums behind one goal and red-and-white clad spectators chanting “Polska” behind the opposite goal. There were also plenty of empty seats.

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The 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta returns to reignite yacht racing in Thailand

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The 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta returns to reignite yacht racing in Thailand

The 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta returns to reignite yacht racing in Thailand

MONDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2022

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The 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is ready to set sail and welcome sailors from all over the globe, including Thailand, to undertake the challenge of competing in one of the most scenic locations in the world in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea off Phuket, Thailand.

The regatta will not only bring yacht racing back to Thailand but also enhance Phuket as a destination for family holiday and adventure sports.
 

Kevin Whitcraft, President of the 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta organizing committee, said, 

“We are excited to organize the regatta again after a two-year forced hiatus. The 34th Edition is ready to welcome all international and Thai yacht racing sailors for Keelboat and Multihulls and Dinghy races. It is indeed special to compete in this warm weather water, surrounded by the beautiful Andaman Sea and the scenic beauty of Phuket.

“We want to make the King’s Cup a bucket list sailing event for all boat owners globally. It is a family-friendly event where adults can race yachts while their kids race dinghies. The King’s Cup Regatta has established itself as one of the most spectacular and best-organised events in the region. The diversity of the craft, the international complement of crews and the highlight – the best-after-sailing beach parties – have made the King’s Cup Regatta well-known globally. We’re very proud of its contribution to Phuket and Thailand and to the sport of sailing.”

The 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta returns to reignite yacht racing in Thailand
The 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta returns to reignite yacht racing in Thailand

Under Royal Patronage, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is organized by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket. The region’s most prestigious regatta includes International Dinghies Classes, Keelboats, and Multihulls Classes. The Royal Awards Ceremony will be on 10th December 2022 at Beyond Resort Kata, Kata Beach, Phuket.

Widely regarded as one of Asia’s premier yachting regattas, it consists of five days of racing on scenic courses amidst the beautiful Andaman Sea islands. 

Following two years of no regatta due to the Covid pandemic, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta glad to be back with a strong showing of 182 Dinghies from  Thailand, United Kingdom, Singapore, India, Japan, Malaysia and China to participate the International Dinghy Classes. 

The 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta returns to reignite yacht racing in Thailand

A key event on the Phuket tourism calendar, the regatta helps promote Phuket as a premier sports paradise on the world stage. In addition, the regatta has boosted sailing as a sport in Thailand, allowing young Thai sailors to develop their sailing skills in dinghies and go on to join international keelboat crews competing for class honours.

Besides attracting some of the world’s fastest independent racing teams, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is famous for its après-sailing beach party series that showcase Phuket’s culinary specialities and gourmet food. 

Adding to the festivity is live music. The event draws corporate and international brands keen to grow their presence on a cosmopolitan platform. It also offers premier networking opportunities at the party venues each night following the conclusion of the day’s racing. 

Keelboats and Multihulls will compete between 5-10 December, with 8th December reserved as a lay day for competitors to adjust their strategies or fix their boats. The race will continue from 9-10 December. 

The International Dinghy Classes will race from 3-6 December at Kata Beach. Classes are divided into Optimist Boys, Optimist Girls, Open ILCA4,  ILCA6, ILCA 7, 420, 470, and Open Skiff.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta has played an important part in the development of sailing in Thailand. It has encouraged young sailors to take up the sport and helped develop talented and aspiring skippers, who now represent Thailand at several international events.

Sponsors of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta include Kata Group, RMA Group, Haad Thip PCL. and Workforce International.
 
For more information and results, please visit http://www.kingscup.com. 
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Messi helps Argentina past Australia into World Cup quarter-finals

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Messi helps Argentina past Australia into World Cup quarter-finals

Messi helps Argentina past Australia into World Cup quarter-finals

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2022

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Lionel Messi scored on his 1,000th career appearance in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Australia at the World Cup on Saturday (December 3) to surpass his great predecessor Diego Maradona’s tournament total and set up a quarter-final clash with the Netherlands.

Seeking a first World Cup at his fifth attempt, the mesmerizing Messi curled the ball low past goalkeeper Mat Ryan from inside the area in the 35th minute to send the legions of Argentine fans into delirium at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
 

Julian Alvarez bagged Argentina’s second from close range in the 57th minute after fatal hesitation from Ryan with the ball at his feet following a backpass.

Australia, who did superbly to reach the last 16 and are ranked 35 places below the double World Cup winners, defended valiantly with the towering Harry Souttar prominent. They set up a nervy end after Craig Goodwin’s shot was deflected into the net off Enzo Fernandez for an own goal in the 77th minute.

The 35-year-old Messi’s goal was his third in the Qatar tournament and his ninth at World Cups, one more than Maradona.

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Depay on target as Netherlands beat U.S. 3-1 to reach quarter-finals

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Depay on target as Netherlands beat U.S. 3-1 to reach quarter-finals

Depay on target as Netherlands beat U.S. 3-1 to reach quarter-finals

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2022

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The Netherlands became the first country into the World Cup quarter-finals as they beat the United States 3-1 at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday (December 3).

A 10th-minute effort by Memphis Depay and another from Daley Blind with the last kick of the first half paved the way for the Dutch to set up a last eight clash with either Argentina or Australia, who were playing later.
 

Substitute Haji Wright scrambled in a reply for the United States in the 76th minute to give the Americans hope but Denzel Dumfries’s volley sealed a seventh quarter-final appearance for the Dutch.

Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side grabbed the lead with their first attack when a slick move ended with Dumfries cutting a perfect pass back for Barcelona forward Depay to stroke home.

Dumfries then played a carbon copy ball for Blind to make it 2-0 and put his side in cruise control.

Wright bundled home from a Christian Pulisic cross but Dumfries crowned a great display to finish off the Americans.

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Portugal begin preparations for Switzerland World Cup last-16

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Portugal begin preparations for Switzerland World Cup last-16

Portugal begin preparations for Switzerland World Cup last-16

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2022

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Portugal began their preparations for their World Cup last-16 meeting with Switzerland at their training session on Saturday (December 3).

Portugal finished Group H with a 2-1 defeat by South Korea but held on to their top spot to face the Swiss on Tuesday.
 

Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo in the twilight of his brilliant career, topped the group with six points, two points ahead of South Korea.

The 37-year-old is seeking to equal the Portuguese record of most World Cup goals held by Eusebio, who racked up nine in 1966 in England, the only World Cup tournament he played in, he also last week became the first ever player to score in five World Cups.

Coach Fernando Santos made six changes to the side that beat Uruguay on Monday, mindful of the risk of yellow-card suspensions in the next round for which Portugal had already qualified before kick-off against South Korea.
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Four things to look out for on Sunday in World Cup

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Four things to look out for on Sunday in World Cup

Four things to look out for on Sunday in World Cup

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2022

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France and England will be looking for victory on Day 15 of the FIFA World Cup when they entertain Poland and Senegal respectively in the round of 16.

The second day of matches in the last 16 sees England play Senegal while France play Poland. Here are some things to look out for on Sunday in Qatar.
 

1. France back and firing on all cylinders

France rested almost their entire first-choice side for their last group match after having already secured their place in the knockout stage, with big players such as Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann only coming on in the closing minutes as they chased the game against Tunisia.

Coach Didier Deschamps will have his strongest line-up out against Poland on Sunday, with Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Olivier Giroud in attack, Griezmann in the hole behind them and Adrien Rabiot in the middle. They should be fresh and should have few problems in reaching the quarterfinals.

Four things to look out for on Sunday in World Cup

2. Poland need a change of attitude

It’s not usual to see a side celebrate a defeat, but that is what Poland did in the wake of their 2-0 loss to Argentina on Wednesday night that saw them into the last 16.

Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz showed an incredible lack of ambition against Argentina, even instructing his players not to commit fouls in the closing stages of the game, to avoid yellow cards when it looked as if qualification could go down to fair play between them and Mexico.

Yellow cards won’t be a factor against France, but if Poland set out to defend, leaving Robert Lewandowski isolated in attack, there is only one way this tie is going to end.
 

3. Which England will we see against Senegal?

We have seen two England teams in this World Cup: one which tore holes in the Iranian defense to win 6-2 and produced a destructive 45 minutes to score three times against Wales, and another that struggled to break down an energetic and organized USA and failed to score in the first half against Wales.

England coach Gareth Southgate has to decide whether he keeps Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford in his side against Senegal, who are likely to present a physical challenge.

If England can find spaces and move the ball quickly between the lines, they are likely to win, but if not, this game could be decided by set-pieces or even penalties.

Four things to look out for on Sunday in World Cup

4. Multiple goalscorers offer Senegal hope

Although they were rocked by the loss of Sadio Mane before the World Cup, Senegal have adapted well to reach the last 16, with five different players hitting the target so far in Qatar.

Ismaila Sarr has been arguably their most effective player, with more touches in rival penalty areas and in the final third of the pitch than any of his teammates. Sarr plays in England’s second tier with Watford, and a good performance against England could earn him a move back to the Premier League before long.

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