Eriksson names and waits
The England squad may prove to be more interesting than Sven-Goran Eriksson would wish. This evening, after another afternoon of severe action in the Premiership and before tomorrow’s combat between Arsenal and Manchester United, he will name the party for Wednesday’s friendly with Sweden in Gothenburg.
The manager already realises that experiments are unavoidable. Michael Owen, for example, will definitely be unavailable. The damage to the Liverpool forward’s hamstring was confirmed yesterday. Eriksson, too, will know precisely how to interpret the comments of Arsène Wenger.
Arsenal’s manager said yesterday that a groin strain made Sol Campbell a doubt for tomorrow’s fixture. One can assume that the centre-half will struggle through the game and recover for Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Shoes Sale next Saturday’s FA Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Sale Uk Cup tie with United, missing Wednesday’s international as part of the recovery process. After all, he did not travel to Portugal last month when the friendly in Faro was sandwiched between two Arsenal games against Chelsea.
Such situations may prove more than simple irritants for Eriksson. His campaign for a winter break which, according to research, forestalls injury goes on but the manager may suffer the same disadvantages at Euro 2004 that infuriated England at the 2002 World Cup. It even feels as if the same names are cropping up once more.
Owen’s condition was uncertain by the time England lost to Brazil two years ago and David Beckham, after his hurried return from that fractured metatarsal, was diminished. Eriksson should have been troubled Authentic Prada Nylon Messenger Bag to hear of his captain missing training. They may have a mid-season pause in the schedule but Real Madrid’s squad is so thin that Beckham is being worked harder than ever as he discovers how gruelling it is to have at last the central midfield role he craved.
It is Eriksson’s habit to claim there is still hope for outsiders to break into his squad and Robert Green, Norwich City’s 24-year-old goalkeeper, is set to be a surprise inclusion. Green has been viewed as one of the country’s most promising keepers for some time and, with questions over the fitness of Liverpool’s Chris Kirkland, Eriksson is likely to dip into the First Division Authentic Prada Bags Online Singapore to find some cover for David James.
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Jonathan Woodgate is expected to be named and Eriksson will then wait to see if the Newcastle centre-half comes through tomorrow’s trip to Bolton unscathed. Ledley King, the scorer against Portugal, need not despair either of being retained, although he may have to wait for a late call-up.
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