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All Things Footie | Friday, November 9 | Jordan

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The world of footie has been unusually busy for a week with no European action; after 10 weeks being undermined by Sir Alex Ferguson, England's best midfielder Paul Scholes has thrown a wobbler and may be leaving the sinking ship that is Old Trafford. Juve are said to be interested in swapping Edgar Davids and a fair bit of cash for the little dynamo after he refused to come to Highbury for the Worthlesston cup game.

Incidentally, I haven't mentioned that yet.... I'm sick and tired of hearing ‘Men Versus Boys’ and ‘Ferguson's young team’ this and that. In case no one watched the game, both sides fielded ludicrously understrength teams. Arsenal's back four consisted of Grimandi, Stepanovs, Tavlaridis and Luznihy, first team players? Pennant, Halls, Ricketts and Itonga? Just because our youngsters (or old reserve players) have a bit more experience and talent than United's second string there's no need to make excuses for them. The superb Sylvain Wiltord and Kanu were a joy to watch, my golden moment being Kanu's flick up and chip over John Roche's (?) head.

I'm not 100% sure why Chris Powell was recalled when I would have thought there was a great opportunity for Southampton's (only) bright light Wayne Bridge to break into the national team, perhaps even filling the left wing berth.

It is good to see Kevin Phillips given a proper chance (I hope) to show what he's capable of, I certainly think he's a more natural poacher than the ‘official best English finisher’ Robbie Fowler. Surely it's hopeful that Darren Anderton will be fit in 8 months time, it's nice to see Trevor Sinclair given a go, and I wonder if Frank Lampard will show what I think he might, possibly, maybe be capable of.

I guess I'll find out tomorrow, being one of the luck sixty odd thousand to get a ticket. Expect a full report over the weekend.

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