I really hate International breaks. Not only International breaks tend to disjoint Chelsea's rhythm when they are on a roll, but England have been known to break our hearts as well!!!
Yep England are playing and under McClaren we desperately need a result in Israel on Saturday to regain momentum to qualify for Euro 2008. Now if you think I am going to start posting links to all and sundry then think again. If you want to know more then find it yourself.
After Chelsea's win at 'Three Point Lane' on Monday, Drogba and Ashley Cole were under investigation by the FA for their protective attitudes towards Frank Lampard when it looked like he was ging to be 'lumped' by an extremely pissed-up an irate Tottenhm fan after Chelsea's 2-1 win.
Fortunately the FA has prevailed and they have decided that no further action will be taken against the 'Tottenham Two.' How ridiculous. The game is over, all they were doing was protecting one fo their own - wouldn't you?
Didier and Salomon must've left London straight after the game, because up they popped in Mauritius for an friendly with Ivory Coast on Wednesday, prior to their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar on Saturday. You know. Madagascar the place where the cute animals escaped from a New York Zoo and the pengiuns hijacked the ship. Yeah that's it.............The film Madagascar!!!!
For the record, Salomon came on as a substitute and scored his first International goal. Ivory Coast won 3-0.
Michael Mancienne, currently on loan at QPR and doing very well, played for England U19s on Wednesday night.
With so many Chelsea players away on International duty, Jose must be taking a well deserved break. But if you believe the reports in the papers today Jose and Mr A are due to hold a sumitt and clear the air meeting on Monday 26th March.
Didier's younger brother Joel had a trial at Leyton Orient on Tuesday in a reserves game against Norwich at Brisbane Road, but reports suggest that he failed!!
Now back to Israel v England on Saturday in a game that England really really MUST win. If you are planning to watch the game then make sure you check out, Chelsea's and Israel's youngest ever International, Ben Sahar.
The boy is quality. He is strong, he is fast and if he plays he will give his OWN Club Captain John Terry a right good game, simply because our own JT is not one for pace. JT is a quality player, no doubt, he reads the game well, can anticipate situations and is a leader. But for pace young Ben Sahar should skin him.
Sahar has been with Chelsea for nearly a year. He was signed from Happoel Tel-Aviv, the club that knocked Chelsea out of Europe a few years ago. I watch a lot of reserves games and try to keep up with the progress of the Academy boys and boy Ben has loads and loads of potential.
Ben has 'broken' into the first-squad and has made three appearances for the first-team.
I for one will be watching Israel v England in earnest on Saturday!!