I sat yesterday watching Montenegro vs England hoping that England would lose, and I was happy to see Rooney get sent off and even happier to see the Montenegrans score in injury time.
How wrong is that?
I know some of you will think that was a tad random, but it’s the truth, and I’ll stumble across a point eventually, just you wait. I know I’ll get some stick for my opening comment, and maybe even called a traitor, but do I care? Not at all. The England football team means nothing to me.
Does anyone else feel the same way, or is it just me? I couldn’t care less about England. They’re not a patch on the one team I do support, Newcastle United. England win, I don’t care. Newcastle win, I’m elated. England lose, it’s mildly funny. Newcastle lose and I’m devastated.
What matters more to you? Club or Country? And how close is it?
This debate isn’t just over fans though, it’s players too. I hear constant moaning about our players not playing for their international teams, but do we really want them too? I moan too, so that’s not a dig in any way, but do we really want our key men travelling hundreds of miles to play against some minnow who can’t tackle and get injured? I don’t.
I suppose it’s just the recognition though. For example tonight watching John Terry and Gary Cahill get given a masterclass by a Montenegran forward really annoyed me. Fair enough if it was his skill, but it wasn’t, it was his desire and fight. Would that have happen to Steven Taylor? Would he have put in half-hearted headers, and let players stream by him? I doubt it, because he’s passionate and he’d give everything for the shirt start to finish, but we’ll never really know, because he doesn’t play for a London club.
Also there was quite a bit of stick for Trappatoni for not picking Leon Best, I’m deep down quite happy. There’s no doubt Best deserves to play for them, and the comments from Trappatoni were not just harsh, but completely wrong. But do we want him travelling to play away in Andorra when he can have himself a rest in Newcastle?
Give Best a chat and tell him that he’s good enough for a top 4 team (us) and way too good for Ireland and he’ll be chuffed. He’s not even Irish anyway…
Yohan Cabaye went away to play for France this week, he started the game and had to come off after 47 minutes. I felt sick when I saw he was injured, our talisman and the main man in our excellent midfield and he’s got injured playing for France against bloody Albania, unnecessary.
There’s been no word on a timescale for Cabaye’s injury from Blanc, but French Eurosport claim it may be 4-6 weeks with ankle ligament damage, hopefully they’re wrong and he’s fine for Sunday. Worrying though. I hate Albania.
I am happy when we get players called up for internationals despite the worry as it’s a form of recognition and I’m sure it makes the players happy. England have got to the point where I actually don’t care, so I’ve turned to supporting the players we have away on International break.
If you’d asked me what I wanted tonight, Yohan Cabaye to come through unscathed and to play a blinder for France, and Tim Krul to keep a clean sheet for Holland I’d have rather had that than and England win, because they are our players, players I actually like.
I’ll end this little rant and give you a roundup of our players that did play for their international teams today:
Joan Edmundsson played for the Faroe Islands at U21 level against Denmark and he was on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline. He also missed a second half penalty to compile his misery.
Yohan Cabaye played for France as they beat Albania 3-0, Cabaye was withdrawn in the 47th minute with a slight injury making him a doubt for Tuesday. Cabaye walked off the field, so his injury may not be as bad as feared.
Tim Krul was an unused sub for Holland as they beat Moldova 1-0 to secure top spot in their group. The bench shows how far Tim Krul has come, as last year he spent a lot of time on our bench, so that’s a great achievement.
I might be the only one, but international football just seems dead to me. The selection, the manager, the commitment, just everything to be honest, and it’s not a patch on club football. Do other people feel the same?
I’d like to know your thoughts, on both the NUFC side and the country side too. (If anyone makes a joke about farmers, or sheep, or tractors, I’ll not be best pleased) 😉