#4 Tecnica Top 5 - 27/3/17

Bradley Lowery and Joe Hart’s Gesture

What an inspiring young man. Seeing Bradley Lowery lead the England team out at Wembley was very emotional, and this brave little lad deserved that for the fighting spirit and resilience he has shown in his battle against cancer.

He and Jermaine Defoe have become the best of friends, the Sunderland and England striker has been fantastic with Bradley and the support he has shown. So for Joe Hart, who was named as captain for the game, to give up his place at the front of the line to allow Defoe and Bradley to lead the team out was unbelievable. Hart took the honour away from himself for the good of this courageous young man, a brilliant gesture! Hart showed that footballers do have a heart and show humility when it matters.

We wish Bradley and his family all the very best!

  • Defoe and his boots

Jermaine Defoe told the media this week that he still had the England flag in his boots, despite not playing for the national team for 2 years. But he never gave up on that dream, he's scored goals in a Sunderland team that has struggled and don't create many chances. But that's what Defoe is all about, give him a chance and 9 times out of 10 he scores. Returning to the international fold at 34 years of age and getting his goal was a brilliant moment for him and the team.

  • The future of England

More from the England game, Michael Keane backed up his impressive England debut with a faultless performance in the World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania. He's turned in some fantastic performances for Burnley this season and thoroughly deserves his chance. Having played for Gareth Southgate in the Under 21’s, is this the birth of England's future? Stones and Keane as the central pairing looks like a solid base to build on.

  • The story continues for Northern Ireland

Wales had a brilliant Euro 2016 campaign and went on a fantastic journey to surprise everyone, but since then they have struggled. They're still unbeaten in the qualifying group after a 0-0 draw in Dublin, but qualification for the World Cup is still a long way off. Northern Ireland also had a brilliant summer and surprised many, but they have continued their upward journey into this qualifying campaign. On Sunday they comfortably beat Norway to remain second in the group and look on course to qualify. What an amazing job Michael O’Neill has done.

  • 3-0 down, 88 minutes on the clock, fans heading for the exits…

Exeter City faced Yeovil Town in a West Country derby on Saturday and it was turning into an afternoon to forget. 3 goals in 16 minutes saw Yeovil race into a 3 goal lead, before an incredible fight back by The Grecians with goals in the 88th, 91st and 92nd minute to snatch a draw. Courage, character, never say die attitude… Tècnica traits!

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