Thursday, October 18, 2007

Summer of rest looming

After the European interlude, it's refreshing to be able to sit back and savour the positives.

Seemingly, all our players survived their jaunts to represent their countries unscathed. England's "five minutes of madness" in Russia means that, barring an Israeli miracle (and despite a fine assist last night) Michael Owen will finally get a restful summer. On Under 21 duty, James Milner extended his appearance record and scored a goal, hopefully finding a bit of form along the way, all under Steven Taylor's captaincy.

Further afield, Shay Given got some more game time under his belt (whilst Stephen Carr remained an unused squad member) for the Republic, but will also be putting his feet up over the summer.

David Rozenhal's Czech Republic have reached the European Championship, where they may yet be joined by Emre's Turkey.

Perhaps the most significant development from all of this is that McClaren's grasp of the England job looks likely to slip permanently, in which case the FA might come knocking on Big Sam's door. Of course, with a certain London based Portuguese manager out of a job at the moment, they might decide to ask Jose before heading North.


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