So Freddie is pondering doing a Scholes/Shearer/Zidane/Bergkamp by quitting international football.
Have you noticed how players are not only doing this more and more often, but younger too? Freddie is not 28 years old until the 16th April.
Clearly, the clubs are the paymasters, and if he wants to get a nice new deal, he thinks he has a better chance if he’s not jetting off hither and thither with Sweden. I wonder if the conversation has cropped up during negotiations?
I’ve ranted on about player burnout before (most notably after our weary exit from Euro 2004), so I don’t blame the players for doing this, and nor do I think dropping the Premier League to 20 teams is the answer (unlike Sepp ‘Mixed’ Blatter).
Cutting out the pointless summer tours not dreaming up moneyspinning nonsense competitions (World Club Championship, anyone?) would be a start.
And finally, the much vaunted Lyon player Michael Essien is now, so it says here, involved in a tug of love between Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich. You can bet your aunt’s tea cosy that Chelski would also be able to empty their piggy bank should they so desire too.
Getting involved in auctions isn’t Arsene’s thing, I suspect. Especially as we would probably not win it.