Hugo Lloris, the 31-year-old French goalkeeper was stopped by a routine patrol in Gloucester Place in the early hours of Friday and charged with drink-driving after being stopped by police in west London. Lloris and his French team-mates had enjoyed an evening of celebration at Bagatelle, a French and Mediterranean restaurant in Mayfair. Metropolitan Police said, “A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1.” He had failed a roadside ‘breathalyser test’ and was taken to Charing Cross Police Station thereafter, where he spent around seven hours in custody before being charged and released on bail. The Frenchman returned home on foot at 11.00am on Friday morning. He did not train with his team-mates that entire day.
Lloris has been at Tottenham Hotspur since joining from Lyon in 2012, making 256 appearances for the Premier League club. He is considered to be one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers and has won 104 caps for France, playing a key role in their success in the 2018 World Cup at Russia last month. Lloris is the Spurs captain and was chosen to wear the armband as one of the more senior figures in a relatively young team. He is regarded as a contemplative, experienced figure who takes his role as team captain seriously.
Lloris returned to Tottenham training only five days ahead of the new season following his World Cup exploits but has started both of his side’s games so far, against Fulham and Newcastle.
The arrest of Hugo Lloris for his drink-driving offense will force the gaffer to consider whether the Spurs goalkeeper should be dropped for the Premier League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday (GMT). Mauricio Pochettino will need to assess what kind of message it sends out to the public if Lloris keeps his place in the team having spent seven hours in police custody, and if he does keep his place, whether he should be captain.
A Tottenham spokesman said that the club takes these matters “extremely seriously” and it will be dealt with internally.
“I wish to apologize wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my team-mates, the manager and all of the supporters,” said Lloris. “Drink driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.” The Metropolitan Police said Lloris had been released on bail and was due at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 11 September.
Tottenham have started the Premier League season with a 2-1 win at Newcastle and a 3-1 home victory over Fulham. The upcoming fixture is expected to test the North Londoners who are being regarded by many to the favorites this season along with Manchester City and Liverpool.
Belgian shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois starred as he played a key role to Belgium’s run into the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup. He has been awarded the Golden glove for his achievements ahead of the likes of Hugo Loris and Subasic.
Courtois is the second Belgian to win the accolade after Michel Preud’homme claimed it 24 years ago at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Until 2006, the award was called the Yashin Award in honor of the legendary Soviet goalkeeper, Yev Lashin.
Courtois pulled off some amazing performances this world cup and proved to the World that he is truly on of the best there is in this modern era. And the interest from Real Madrid is just a testament to that claim. The Chelsea star has not had the best of seasons for the club but has certainly had one of the best World cup’s in Russia. He made crucial saves and kept more clean sheets and won the award ahead of World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Hugo Loris who also had a fantastic Worldcup.
Speaking after the third-place match, he cast a further shadow on his future at Stanford Bridge. He said he will take some time before he goes back to London and takes a call on his future. He also said controversially that Hazard must follow him wherever he goes.
“Wherever I go, Hazard must come along. We will not let each other go. We’ll see. Now first vacation. And agree with my entourage in between.” Courtois said.
“Now I’m going to talk to my manager to see what the possibilities are.
“All options are open to me. Also stay at Chelsea, yes. People always complain that players do not comply with their contracts, but maybe I will.
“I do not think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I do not sign. But maybe that’s possible because I like being in London.”
After winning the Golden Glove at the World cup and joining elite company in the form of Manuel Nuer, Iker Casillas, and Oliver Khan, Courtois has all the qualities in him that make him one of the best in today’s game.
Twelve players from Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) will look to light up the world cup. Let’s look at Who they are:
The Spurs captain has earned himself the Captains armband of Southgate’s English squad traveling to Russia. He is undoubtedly England’s most important player and the hopes of the nation will rest on the star strikers shoulder.
Another important member of the Three Lions. Southgate will look to him to pull the strings from midfield and also pop up with the odd goal.
The youngster has had an incredible season and hence has earned a call-up to the English squad. He will fight for a start with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold.
Minutes played for England by #thfc players in the World Cup squad:
He has been a regular in the England team, but his recent injuries have had him side-lined and haven’t got back to his best yet. Even then, he is still one of England’s finest right-backs and his experience will help them a lot in Russia.
To think that Danny Rose was playing for Bristol City and Kyle Walker was at QPR in the Championship at one point. Both in the England squad for the world cup 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/AowOUVoBaG