100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Get all your news in one place
Latest Sport news:
Thrower thrilled she didn't put the hammer down
Nicole Bradley almost gave up hammer throwing a year ago, after a rough patch in her athletics career. Now she's…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
Denny Hamlin: "You got to play by the (expletive) rules"
Denny Hamlin doesn’t blame Ryan Blaney for his late-race window net fix but believes NASCAR needs to follow its own…
Ryan Blaney wins contentious NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas
Ryan Blaney thought he won the NASCAR All-Star Race, didn’t, then did it again in overtime and claimed the $1…
Dixon: Pole at the Indy 500 is a privilege but is only “step one”
Scott Dixon was thrilled to earn his fifth Indy 500 pole, and said for the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda team it…
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal make £76m Osimhen bid, Perisic to Tottenham; Chelsea, Man United latest
Follow all the latest transfer news and rumours across the summer
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Busch, Chastain exit NASCAR All-Star Race in dramatic crash
The second stage of NASCAR's All-Star Race was red-flagged after a massive accident on the frontstretch.
Supercars teams question two-day events
Supercars teams are unsure if the cost saving of two-day meetings is worth the time demands on staff and reduced…

Kevin De Bruyne forced to use left foot as a child – to protect friend’s flowers

By Andy Hampson
AP

Kevin De Bruyne has revealed how the flowers in his friends’ garden helped him hone his unerring left foot.

The Belgian playmaker scored a sensational hat-trick of goals from his supposed weaker side inside the opening 24 minutes as Manchester City thrashed Wolves 5-1 at Molineux on Wednesday.

His third goal, a low shot bent around goalkeeper Jose Sa from the edge of the area, was a particularly sweet strike and De Bruyne – who later added a fourth with his right boot – says the technique was learned through necessity.

The 30-year-old said: “When I was young and playing football with my friends in the garden, I had two goals and I could shoot with my right foot, but when I went to my friend’s (house) I wasn’t allowed to shoot with my right because I was killing all the flowers!

“They told me to shoot with my left and I was really young, so I think I practised it a lot and it became more natural to shoot with either. That’s obviously helped me a lot right now.”

City’s victory restored a three-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League with just two games to play.

With a goal difference now plus seven better than their Merseyside rivals, the champions appear to be closing in on a fourth title in five seasons.

Another positive result at West Ham on Sunday could see them put one hand on the trophy but De Bruyne is aware the job is not done yet, particularly with injuries decimating the defence.

Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ruben Dias are all out while Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho suffered knocks at Molineux and Nathan Ake has been playing in spite of ankle trouble.

De Bruyne said: “We can see that the team is a little bit fatigued and it has been a hard season. We don’t have a lot of players, but it is about commitment right now and in 10 days we will have a little break.

“West Ham away is a really tough game. They are a really great team and have had a good season, so we are definitely not going to underestimate them.”

De Bruyne appeared to offer a nod towards Erling Haaland as he celebrated his third goal in a manner not unlike City’s high-profile incoming signing, but he insisted this was coincidental.

De Bruyne said: “Everybody told me about it but honestly I didn’t even know I did it because I scored three goals and that never really happens in my life to be fair.”

The prospect of De Bruyne linking up with Haaland next season is one sure to excite City fans but the Belgian wants to take care of the current campaign before thinking about it himself.

“Obviously he is going to be a great prospect for us in the summer but at the moment it doesn’t happen,” said De Bruyne.

“It is not something that I really think about right now because it is not necessary and there are bigger things for us in the next 10 days.”

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.