Footy News Jan 31, 2008

Fabio’s First Squad

The Italian has selected his first 30 players as part of a preliminary sqaud for next weeks friendly with Switzerland;

Carson (Aston Villa), James (Portsmouth), Kirkland (Wigan); Bridge (Chelsea), Brown (Manchester United), A Cole (Chelsea), C Davies (Aston Villa), Ferdinand (Manchester United) G Johnson (Portsmouth), King (Tottenham), Lescott (Everton), Richards (Manchester City), Shorey (Reading), Upson (West Ham), Woodgate (Tottenham); Barry (Aston Villa), Bentley (Blackburn), Carrick (Manchester United), J Cole (Chelsea), Downing (Middlesbrough), Gerrard (Liverpool), Hargreaves (Manchester United), Jenas (Tottenham), Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Young (Aston Villa); Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Crouch (Liverpool), Heskey (Wigan), Owen (Newcastle), Rooney (Manchester United).

Notable exclusions include;

Paul Robinson, not getting a game for Spurs doesn’t help.

David Beckham, see below.

Alan Smith, hasn’t been in form since leaving Leeds United all those years ago.

More analysis tomorrow….

Fabio Drops Becks

Fabio Capello has not selected David Beckham for his first squad to face Switzerland next Wednesday. Why Fabio hasn’t selected the 32 year old , who hasn’t played quality club football since, June and who played his last competitive game in the Euro qualifying defeat by Croatia on 21 November, we just cannot fathom out…. link

Liverpool: Fans Buy Out

Liverpool fans are so taken by their American ownership, that they are looking to follow MyFootballClub, the organisation that brought fans together to buy Ebbsfleet United. The organisation put together to bid for Liverpool would be asking fans to cough up £5,000 each to get investment of £5 million. Wouldn’t it be great if the fans could decide whether Crouch starts this weekend? link

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to Brian Barwick and the caterpillar he carries around on his upper lip. The Chief Executive of The FA has been in the throne for 3 years now, which explains why their website feature him on the frontpage! Brian who’s biggest achievement was deciding to employ Steve McClaren, commented on England‘s failure to qualify for Euro 2008 “There are no excuses, we didn’t perform in key games.” He’s on the ball then our Brian…. link

Transfer Deadline Day

Jermain Defoe is off to Pompey

Fulham have signed Jari Litmanen

Derby have signed defender Alan Stubbs from Everton and Roy Carroll from Rangers on loan

Arsenal have loaned out youngsters Kieran Gibbs to Norwich and Mark Randall to Burnley

More are likely to happen this evening before the deadline…..

African Cup of Nations

Cameroon and Egypt join Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Nigeria in the next round of the ACN. Cameroon beat Sudan 3-0 and Egypt drew 1-1 with Zambia to progress.

Tonight the final group game fixtures are; Senegal v South Africa, and Tunisia v Angola. Its possible that any team in this group can qualify, depending on tonight’s results.

WAGs (wives and girlfriends)

Cheryl Cole and loving hubby Ashley are still on the tabloid front pages. The Sun, still squeezing the juice out of the story, today comment on how Cheryl hasn’t eaten since they headlined about Ashley’s fling with the hairdresser. Meanwhile Ashley was again dropped from the Chelsea team that beat Reading last night. So whilst Ashley is dropped at Chelsea, Cheryl may have to be dropped as a WAG. WAGs

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