No midweek club fixtures this week, as we’ve fallen face first into another international break.
In lieu of further complaining about midseason international fixtures, I’ll simply point to other articles that are assuredly of higher quality.
I will say this, however. I am quite pleased that Micah Richards and Andy Johnson are starting. I’m intrigued by the possible pairing of Johnson and Rooney, and it has the added bonus of frustrating Everton fans who will wonder what could have been.
In the case of Richards, this is exactly how international friendlies should be treated; giving quality youngsters that chance to show what they can do for England. In fact, I’m not sure why so many England regulars are starting. Why aren’t we seeing, say, Scott Carson, Michael Dawson or any others along those lines? Do Terry, Ferdinand, Cole, Cole, Gerrard, Lampard and Rooney all really need to be risked in a friendly against Holland?
Anyway, on to some links…
• BBC team news/preview
• BBC Sport 606: Friendly under fire
• Football 365: England enigma needs variation
• Goal.com preview
• Guardian: Kevin McCarra on Steve McClaren
• Guardian: Why Robinson is under the cosh
• SoccerLens preview