This time of year is bad for blogging, very bad indeed. We’ve got a couple of pointless internationals – ideal for picking up end-of-season injuries – and that’s the lot until mid-July, when the pre-season routine kicks in.
So on cue, Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell both picked up injuries in America, and you have to ask what the point is in going there, apart from the obvious commercial ones for an FA whose overdraft is rather large. All the players from the bigger, European-playing sides are knackered and need a break. Most of them have sensibly already pulled out, but neither Ash nor Sol did – the former because he’d rather be anywhere than England, and the latter because he needs to resurrect his England career. Anyway, at least they picked up injuries in America – they can now pop onto an internal flight to Florida and have their summer holidays.
Though if I were Ash I’d go somewhere in the midwest where nothing much happens, as all the indications show that he’ll be found guilty on Wednesday of asking Chelski round for tea. What’ll happen after that is anyone’s guess, but I’d like Cole to come clean, apologise, ditch his agent and commit to us. I know football teams are increasingly multinational, and I know it shouldn’t matter what country you’re from, but I still maintain it’s healthy to have a core few Englishmen in your side, and we don’t have that many.
If he were to go, we’d just have Sol Campbell, with a few others in the distant background – Stuart Taylor (who will probably be sold this summer anyway), Justin Hoyte, David Bentley and Ryan Garry being perhaps the furthest up the pecking order.
And besides, Ashley Cole is a fine, fine footballer – the best in his position in the league. There’s another reason why the issue needs resolution.
Latest big money rumour: £20m for Fernando Torres. It’s in the Sunday People, apparently.