With England’s first game just two days away now, Steven Gerrard has told press he rates himself only “50-50” to feature in the match with Paraguay on Saturday. The influential midfielder has been struggling with a back problem this week and he only took part in England’s warm up at training on Thursday morning.
If Gerrard doesn’t pass fit, Liverpool colleague Jamie Carragher could be the man to get the nod and fill the holding midfield role he occupied for 45 minutes against Hunguary. Allthough Sven Goran Erikkson could choose to play Michael Carrick instead, or even Owen Hargreaves!
Meanwhile Djibril Cisse‘s horrific broken leg on Wednesday has ended his World Cup – and his immiment departure from Anfield. The French forward was set to sign for either Lyon or Marseille in a move worth around 8 million pound, but instead he will remain at Liverpool and be back to fitness in December.
The news of Cisse’s non-sale is a massive financial blow for the club and manager Rafa Benitez‘s summer spending plans. Benitez was looking to use the cash raised from the sale to fund new signings, and now may need to off-load players whom he maybe wouldn’t have sold quite yet to fund moves for the likes of Daniel Alves, Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy and Darren Bent – all high on the manager’s wish list.
And finally, Robbie Fowler has spoken like a true fan and said what we we’re all thinking; that a) Carragher is under-rated still on the national scene and b) that John Motson is a divvering old fool.
Fowler told the official site “Suddenly, though, he (Motson) seemed flustered and felt the need to correct himself. Sorry, he said. Gary Neville will come back in for Jamie Carragher at right-back, obviously.
“Obviously what? Carra has played in England’s last three matches in three different positions and could not have been more impressive.
“I thought he was excellent in the holding role against Hungary but what more does he have to do to get credit from the so-called experts?
Well in Robbie!