England has taken another injury hit. This time, in-form Darren Bent says he cannot face in-form Montenegro because of a groin injury. The news follows Captain Schtupping’s exit from the squad; he says his back hurts, poor dear.
There are now four players who say they can’t play. Last week, Everton’s Phil Jagielka and Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon withdrew. That means Rio Ferdinand — who has only played four games since May — will partner up with either Gary Cahill or Joleon Lescott at the back. Logic dictates putting Cahill in… but that won’t happen.
What’s worse is Fabio Capello taking the captain’s armband back from Steven Gerrard and giving it to Ferdinand. What for? Because England are winning? Even Sir Alex has taken away Blame-It-On’s captaincy of United because of the uncertainty over his bum knee.
Meanwhile, Peter Crouch is coming in for Bent. A good move, as Crouchie is the anti-Rooney: scores little for his club, but is a wunderkind for the Lions.
With tiny Montenegro full of confidence after going 3-0 so far in qualifying, I hope England aren’t in for a shock…. sigh….
For the second time in less than a year, Paul Gascoigne is arrested for drunk driving. Can you say Georgie Best?