With under 50 days now remaining before UEFA Euro 2012, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there might be some big news filtering through about managerless England. Instead, we’ve got to settle for this little lot.
When playing in Ukraine in June, England will be commuting from their training centre at the Suche Stawy stadium, home to Hutnik Nowa Huta. The selection impressed few, including a few numpties in the media that were clearly hell-bent on tripping up the Football Association with pictorial exposes that misrepresented the truth. Anyway, Krakow’s deputy mayor, Magdalena Sroka, believes England’s training pitch will be the best in Poland. Champioooones!
The identity of England’s manager remains unknown, and the FA aren’t going to be pushed into a rushed decision. That’s nice in theory, but when the ultimate end-game is clearly to commit the ultimate balls-up and appoint Harry Redknapp it’s just utterly pointless. Alex Horne, the FA’s general secretary, seems happy enough to wait until the end of the season. Wonder why…
If Redknapp’s presence in Poland and Ukraine now seems inevitable, Joe Cole’s certainly does not. But the former Chelsea midfielder has not given up hope, and despite being embroiled in a battle for his place in the Lille side he is enjoying his time in France and has not given up hope of playing for England this summer. But while I wouldn’t write off his international career just yet, Euro 2012 is surely a tournament too soon.
The return of Martin O’Neill (spit) to Villa Park tomorrow also sees former Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner playing against his own club – and probably his brother. Highly-rated Gary is arguably the more naturally elegant of the two, but for my money Craig is under-rated – ironically, it was O’Neill who overlooked him at Villa and is now benefiting from his abilities. Could they both play for England? Probably not, but you never know.
Finally, David Beckham is still in the running for that competition that I couldn’t give a toss about. I’ve shared that link to The Original Winger‘s version of the story, but I’d suggest you’d make better use of your time having a look around their non-Olympics content. It’s far more exciting than news of this non-competition.