The build-up to the big game on Sunday can now officially begin, thank the Lord. I’ve not heard of any major injuries from last night, so with any luck we’ll be in fine fettle.
All except Sol Campbell that is, whose future is up for debate again this morning. This time, the story was sparked off by pre-season triallist Philippe Cristanval, who claims he’s still not given up hope of a move to Highbury as Wenger might part with one of his four central defenders – and don’t get excited, because we’re not talking Pascal Cygan.
“Sol Campbell asked to leave,” he apparently said. “Considering what I know, he hasn’t had any concrete propositions. But the transfer window is not closed yet. I still have hope for Arsenal”.
These rumours won’t die off, but the fact they’re coming from a desperate out-of-contract central defender makes me a little sceptical.
As for England, the less said about that shower of dross the better. Watching the national side play is almost always a disappointment, and rarely more so than last night. It’s all very well to shrug shoulders and write it off as a friendly, but what about the 4,000 England fans who paid good money to go to Denmark? And as for being touted as potential World Cup winners, pigs might fly. Any seasoned England fan knows full-well that in major competitions we flatter to deceive, then get knocked out in an agonising fashion. It’s part of the fabric of the country, like bacon and eggs, and rain.