With Arsenal having a multi-national squad they have no less than 12 players involved in ‘International Friendly Week’ and hopfully come Sunday’s game with Wigan we will have no fresh injury worries to the ones we already have.
It’s great news for Matheiu Flamini who has been included in the French squad for the first time alongside Thierry. Gallas is still injured so won’t feature – although nothing surprises me with the French team!
Gilberto played the full 90 minutes against Portugal at the Emirates but couldn’t prevent the Portu-geezers from scoring 2 late goals. The good news is that there have been no reports of any knocks for Gilberto so he should be fine for Sunday.
Adebayor, Kolo, Lehmann, Freddie, Poom and Rosicky are also in their respective squads for their countries, while Walcott and Hoyte featured for the U21’s last night in the draw against Spain.
The other international on duty is Cesc who is in the Spain squad for tonights game with England. There’s a lot of talk about non-footballing issues surrounding the game but I’m sure that won’t detract from another boring England match.
McClaren has named a strange team for tonight’s match:
Ben Foster, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Jonathan Woodgate, Philip Neville, Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Frank Lampard, Kieron Dyer and Peter Crouch.
I’m not sure why Dyer and SWP have been given a chance, when other players like Scott Parker and Gareth Barry are much more worthy of a shot. And it’s amazing how many average players have made the squad but maybe that’s just the state of English football than McClaren’s inept managing capabilities.
But I do think Ben Foster is a decent inclusion, although that’s more down to the fact the highly over-rated Paul Robinson won’t be playing.
I say over-rated because Watford – with a generally excepted worst squad and defence – have conceded 37 goals in the Premiership this season, while Spurs have conceded 36. David James and Nicky Weaver have conceded less goals!
I’m sure Cesc will get a chance since he plays football in England, although you don’t know what Aragones will do.
With a slow week for domestic teams Sky Sports have rehashed the age old story of Robert Pires and how he is still upset about being taken off in the Champions League Final. But in slightly more interesting news Tomas Rosicky was crowed the Czech Player of the Year – well done son.
England are clear favourites for tonights game so I’d recommend putting a few quid on Spain to win. Although that depends on how they can defend long balls and crosses to Peter Crouch.