The Independent London Newspaper
22nd November 2017

OFF THE SHELF: Lloris in line for solid gold

    Published: 27 October, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    TOTTENHAM shot-stopper Hugo Lloris has been named on a 30-man shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d’Or. 

    The prize, which recognises the world’s best player, has been won every year since 2008 by either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo – both of whom join the Spurs captain on the latest shortlist. 

    Meanwhile, young striker Shayon Harrison described his first team debut as “surreal” after coming off the bench in the second half of Spurs’ EFL Cup clash at Liverpool on Tuesday. 

    Mauricio Pochettino’s side missed out on a place in the quarter-finals after slipping to a 2-1 defeat. The result, however, didn’t overshadow Harrison’s smile. “It’s a bit surreal to be honest. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and now it’s finally arrived, I’m very, very happy,” he said. 

    “It was a great atmosphere, and it was everything I expected it to be. I was really relishing the moment.” 

    Vincent Janssen scored what proved to be a consolation from the spot, a goal that the striker shrugged off as being no big deal when asked if the Anfield atmosphere added any pressure. 

    “It’s just a penalty, you have to score it and I have enough confidence for that,” he said. “It doesn’t matter for me where it is or how long since I last scored. I just saw the penalty, I wanted to score it and that’s what I did.”

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