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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

International Duty, Not

The reason we're all sleeping a little easy these days is because there's no club football to worry about due to "International Duty". Not that many of our international contingent will be enjoying themselves too much. Of those that are playing both Hreidarsson and Reid face difficult games against two teams that have 100% records in European qualifying.

The Herminator's Iceland are at home to top-of-the-group, Sweden, while Andy Reid joins Irelands pointless squad ( ie No points after 2 defeats) as they face the their top-of-the-group the Czech Republic in Dublin. Meanwhile, Kish is probably the only Addick that's going to enjoy himself as he plays away to the minnows from Luxembourg although Myhre can also take it easy as Norway, 2nd in Group C, don't have a game.

Of the remainder, six are still injured ( Traore, Rommedahl, Sorondo, Pouso, Gibbs, and Diawara) , a couple ( Holland and Jimmy-Floyd) have retired from playing for their country and it seems the remainder are deemed not good enough, athough El Karkouri is playing friendlies with Morocco.

Closer to home, there's one player thats going to be sitting on a bench way out there in the Balkans in Zagreb. And that, of course, brings us to tonights all important question. Will Darren get a look-in tonight against Croatia? Will he hell! It'll be the usual mismatch of Rooney and Crouch with Defoe in the dying minutes if he's lucky. Take some warm underwear, Darren!

On a brighter note, at least we have a goalkeeper that regularly turns out for England U-21 and we can only hope that his season-long loan can be extended next summer.

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