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All Things Footie | Wednesday, February 12 | Jordan

As You Were

Despite United dropping home points against Man City, it’s the same as last week at the top of the Premiership — courtesy of Arsenal failing to take all three points at St James’ Park. On the subject of which, I think the usually pragmatic Bobby Robson owes Dennis Bergkamp an apology. Far from trying to get a player sent off, Bergkamp was just trying to keep a wonderfully open game flowing by taking a short free kick to Thierry Henry. Kicking the ball away afterwards didn’t help either. Unnecessary? yes. Cheating? no.

If one thing really struck me on Saturday, it was Wayne Rooney sitting on Everton’s bench as they were defeated at the Valley. Particularly with Sven watching after his inclusion in the England squad. I’m hesitant to suggest that a manager of David Moyes’ knowledge and experience would jeopardise three points for the sake of making a point, but I do wonder if he wasn’t just testing the youngster’s temprament.

I’m optimistic about the squad Eriksson has selected for today’s friendly with Australia. I still think you might as well pick a weeble as David James, but hopefully ‘calamity’ won’t start. Seeing the likes of Sean Davis, Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Jenas, Francis Jeffers and Wayne Rooney in the squad only gives me hope for the future.

Leaving Arsenal may have halted Matthew Upson’s hopes of picking up any medals in the near future, but like Richard Wright before him, it’s done no harm to his England chances. It’s obvious why Arsenal have so few English players, no one wants to sacrifice their place in the England squad. Just think, if Sunderland had bought Ray Parlour last year England could have won the World Cup.

Finally, if you're a gambling man (or woman) I’ve just been sent details of a selection of special bets for tonight’s game, for details take a look at my betting page. With odds like 7/1 on Beckham scoring a free kick I think I may have a flutter myself.

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