Saturday, 5 September 2009
This season City are well represented in the England side. Lescott, Barry, SWP and of course Bridge(almost forgot) are in the squad to face Slovenia today! This a very good showing from City and we should be looking to add more. I would hope Micah Richards has a significantly better season and recaptures the form than initially got him into the England squad. Also Nedum Onouha, arguably the better defender of the two is also eligible for England. It's unclear yet if he will bide his time or join his country of birth Nigeria. But as U21 captain he impressed highly at international level, i hope he chooses England because he is still young and can take advantage of an ageing senior squad back line!
As for today's game, Bridge is almost certain to be on the Bench as a replacement for Cashley! But there is a good chance that Lescott could be in line to start with Terry as Cletus Ferdinand is still injured, although he does have competition from Upson!
Barry has become a regular in the England side providing the right compliment to either Lampard or Gerrard who have, so far failed to be a productive force together! Swp could also be in line for a start, with his only competition coming from Aaron Lennon. So City could well be well represented in the starting line up tonight!
City this season have a real strong English core, which i think will be vital in providing the right atmosphere and mindset in a international squad. It's good to see city players holding prominent roles in the England side!
The likes of Tevez and Robinho will be battling it out (vs each other) during the international break. Bellamy has been recalled as captain to Wales. Martin Petrov and Shay Given are all involved in International fixtures!