It's been 7 days where nothing in the football world has got me truly excited. The transfer window let in a slight draft...yawn,yawn! Chelsea have had a transfer embargo placed upon them, but deep down we all know that the ban will be overturned or suspended at the very least. And now we have to brace ourselves for weeks if not months of similar stories involving clubs who may not have signed youngsters by the most ethical means. The coverage could make the Telegraph's expenses extravaganza seem like a one day news item.
But the lack of eyebrow raising stories always seems to occur during International week.It does feel strange to have a break so early in the season, but the Premier League have their hands tied when it comes to the International calandar. It was a pointless game against Slovenia despite what anyone might say. Some will argue that it was good for Capello to try out some 'fringe' players before the Croatia game but if the guy does not know his squad by now, he might as well pack it all in and retire to Lake Garda.
The club v country debate is an ongoing talking shop among commentators and supporters. I would probably say that I was an average England supporter. Given the choice between Rovers beating Wolves on Saturday or England overturning Croatia then I would have to plump for the boys in blue and white. You can only really appreciate the importance of the national side during a major competition. And because it's Summer when the tournaments take place and a million miles away from a dull,dark,damp November day at Ewood, it is easy to get a little carried away with all things En-ger-land.
I was fortunate enough to go out to Germany and in the shootout V Portugal I believed that it was more important that England went through rather than Rovers being successful given the magnitude of the game.It would have take a massive England game for me to leave the faithful wife that is Rovers for the unpredictable mistress of the the national side.
The plight of Accrington Stanley should concern all Rovers fans. It would be a tragedy if they were to fold for a second time in their history, given their incredible journey back from obscurity. The tax bill they were issued with was like throwing a starving dog a rubber bone given their problems. Just as our neighbours from Turf Moor have been eager to assist, we should try to contribute if there is a collection at the game on Saturday. Maybe give the proceeds of a programme (or rather 'Matchday Magazine') in the tin.
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