This is my first article for SpursWeb and can I just say firstly that anything I write is only expressing ‘my opinion’. It is not necessarily right or wrong, I am sure there will be those who agree and those who disagree. But football is all about opinions and people talking and debating on all topics.
So for my first piece I want to talk about the England squad announced yesterday for the totally meaningless friendly against Italy on Wednesday, 3 days before the start of the season. As I think 99.99% of people would agree, the FA have a lot to answer to in allowing such a ridiculous friendly to be allowed to be played.
My gripe is the squad selection. As I said to my son weeks ago, you can bet that there wont be many established Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea or Man City players in the squad, but you can bet your life there will be a number of Spurs players chosen.
So where are all the Liverpool players who graced (sorry disgraced) themselves at the Euro’s. Only Carroll, who probably wont be a Liverpool player much longer, was picked, where are the Rooney’s and main Man U contingent, where have all the City players gone, and the Cole & Terry and others from Chelsea. The answer is simple. Sir Alex and the rest would not allow their players to contest such a match just before the big kick off. They are of course Right, they don’t want their players picking up unwanted injuries at such a time.
So, England decide to call up Caulker, Walker, Livermore and Defoe. What a joke. I realise it’s great for those like Caulker and Livermore – even if they will probably never be called up again. But for JD, who at the moment is our only striker, we should pull him out asap. He is obviously not really wanted by Roy Hodgson otherwise he would have called on him during the Euro’s when we really needed a goal. As it happens I think JD should have been a regular for England, but as he is not really wanted, what is the point in him being included. Finally there is Walker . Yes he will be an England regular, but as he has only just returned from injury, is there any point in him playing in such a match. He is a very important player for Spurs – especially as we have no real cover at right back – so again we as club should put ourselves first. If it was an important England match it would all be a different matter, but then as I said, Caulker and Livermore would not have been called up.
So come on Spurs, put your foot down, just as Sir Alex does, and save our players from any unnecessary injuries so that we can at least have a squad of players for our opener at Newcastle next week.
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