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Georgie, my 3 year old daughter woke up at 2.22 am (digital clock) and she seemed very upset, so I ended up sleeping in the spare room with her. As she virtually bounced into the spare room, I am not sure how upset she really was or whether it's becoming a routine.
Georgie and I went for a walk around the block with Buddy and it was bright and sunny for a change.
I was running late and only just made it to work on time. I attended the
Contracts Managers meeting and things are getting very busy on the work front which
I ran through my
presentation for tomorrow and I was not too impressed with it so more work to be done.
football squad to play in the European Championship 2012 was announced today by
manager, Roy Hodgson. It is:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Rob Green, John Ruddy
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley
Cole, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, John Terry
Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard, Frank
Lampard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott,
Ashley Young, Stewart Downing
Strikers: Andy Carroll, Jermaine Defoe, Wayne
Rooney, Danny Welbeck
As usual, the
press are having a field day and most of the criticism surrounds picking
Stewart Downing and not picking Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Phil Jagielka, Peter
Crouch and Grant Holt. Surprisingly, apart from Downing those that have
replaced the missing players in the squad have not been named by the press as not justifying their place probably just in
case they are the stars of the tournament.
As I see it, we
will probably play 17 players in total during the tournament, possibly 1 more
during our last game when we commit to desperate measures not to go out.
So the players
that actually make the team on my 1-4-5-1 formation is with 1st eleven
Goalkeeper (1) Hart,
Defenders (5) Cole, Cahill, Jones, Terry, Johnson
Midfielders (8) Walcott Parker Lampard Gerrard
Young with regular subs Barry, Milner and cameos by Chamberlain
Strikers (4): Welbeck (games 1 and 2 then
regular sub) and Rooney with regular sub Carroll and desperate cameo
Carrick can pass
very well but he is not England’s
best holding midfielder defensively and with Lampard and Gerrard wanting to
monopolise the ball and with pace and skill on the wing, then I think we are ok
without him. The other forwards were only ever going to be support for Welbeck and
On this basis the
only real questions were Jagielka in for either Jones or Cahill and picking
either Terry or Ferdinand. Having picked
Terry, then in theory Cahill is an obvious selection as he is a club team mate of Terry
at Chelsea. Jones
got the nod as he is versatile and can play across the backline or in defensive
about Rio Ferdinand and John Terry? Well, they
can’t play together on the pitch as both have lost a bit of pace and they can’t
play together off the pitch as Terry is currently awaiting a court case where
he is charged with racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton in a bad tempered Chelsea
game against QPR. It’s a pity because actually either would replace the other
better than anyone else currently available and they both have bags of
experience. Personally, I’d have taken Rio particularly as I think Terry’s
speed and balance have been exposed a couple of times this season and he is currently
banned from the Champions League Final due to an act of thuggery that got him
So apart from Rio Ferdinand, we may not
agree with the fringe selections but as has been proved time and again, it’s
usually a 16 or 17 man squad. Indeed, Roy Hodgson said before the squad was announced, that he didn’t see the
need to double up on every position as 6 or 7 players won't actually get a game.
I went for a walk at the sailing club with Georgie and Buddy in the evening and watched Southend lose to Crewe in the semi final of the League " (Division 4) play-offs. The first half was dire but the second was quite good.
Kenny Dalglish has been sacked as manager but I'll comment on that when his successor is known.