Sheffield United news LIVE: International boss to 'ring' Ollie Norwood plus big talking points from Chris Wilder's press conference ahead of Tottenham clash

We’re closing in on yet another matchday for the Blades in this relentless schedule and Tottenham are next up on Thursday night.

Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 3:11 pm

We’ll have the latest updates and opinion here all day including team news ahead of that home clash with Spurs.

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Ollie Norwood is set to be asked to return to international duty for Northern Ireland.

Sheffield United LIVE: Updates and the latest Blades news ahead of Tottenham clash

Last updated: Tuesday, 30 June, 2020, 16:38

  • The Blades host Tottenham on Thursday night (6pm)
  • Chris Wilder held his pre-match press conference this morning
  • United have slipped to ninth in the Premier League table but are still only five points off a European place
  • John Lundstram is to have a scan today on his shoulder after falling awkwardly against Arsenal
  • Jack O’Connell continues to be assessed
  • Northern Ireland boss wants Ollie Norwood to reconsider international return

Go back in time to when the Blades thrashed Spurs

New Northern Ireland boss Ian Barraclough wants Ollie Norwood to reconsider his international future ahead of Euro 2020 play-off

"It would be wrong of me not to make the phone call," Baraclough told Sky Sports News.

"Ollie had a big impact while he was in the group. He made the decision and I wasn't part of that conversation.

"If he's had a different feeling about it then he can only strengthen the group of players."

Danny Hall looks at the BIG talking points from today's press conference

The latest Premier League transfer gossip

Sheffield United 'consider' move for ex-Crystal Palace man, Jurgen Klopp tipped to seal FIVE new signings for Liverpool this summer

Sheffield United extended Dean Henderson’s stay at Bramall Lane until the end of the season – a big boost for Chris Wilder and co.

Chris Basham says the Blades have not lost confidence

Why no one at Sheffield United is feeling sorry for themselves ahead of Tottenham clash

Chris Basham says Sheffield United have not lost their confidence since they returned from the lockdown with a run of three defeats in four games.

Can the Blades stop him on Thursday?

Could Leicester v Blades be played at a neutral venue?

With stricter lockdown measures being implemented in the city of Leicester following a spike in Covid-19 cases, uncertainty surrounds whether Leicester City’s home games will be able to go ahead. The Blades play them away on July 15.

Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, said: “If what is happening in Leicester does affect the club’s ability to host home games, then we have the opportunity host those matches elsewhere or postpone them until a date when it is safe to do so. Of course contingency plans are being discussed and are part of our overall planning. ”

Wilder on expectations

"I think everyone talks about expectation, we took a few beatings and maybe the expectation would have dropped on us. Villa and Norwich don’t have the same expectation levels as us. Through the time, people have an opinion on it, when they don’t you open yourself up to that criticism. 

"You have to be big and bold to accept it. Anyone can get beaten 3-0 by Man United, anyone can get beat 3-0 by Newcastle at 10 men, but that doesn’t mean I accept it. The performance on Sunday was good enough for me, if others don’t think that, I can’t control it. The winning goal was four or five mistakes. 

“The platform to getting a performance is what they showed us, distances covered, being able to control the game like we did in the second half. Seven of the eight goals since coming back have been mistakes, United’s third was a really good goal. Can happen to any team, but I don’t like it. I don’t like losing, don’t like being out of the cup and we are not used to it.”

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