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Old 2012-05-23, 6:46 PM   #476
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Ok, I made this list based on Football Manager data, and parts of it are ridiculous, but here is what I got. (I don't know young British players well enough to put together a list based on reality.)

Starting Lineup:

Manuel Almunia (England)
Neil Taylor (Wales)
Phil Jones (England)
Rio Ferdinand (England)
Kyle Walker (England)
Gareth Bale (Wales)
Ryan Giggs (Wales)
Aaron Ramsey (Wales)
Jack Wilshere (England)
Theo Walcott (England)
Danny Welbeck (England)

Bench
Alex Smithies (England)
Grant Hanley (Scotland)
Shane Duffy (Northern Ireland)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (England)
Jack Rodwell (England)
Daniel Sturridge (England)


That's right. Manuel Almunia is the second best goalkeeper eligible for England, according to FM....

It's doubtful that Duffy would turn up, as he has declared an interest in representing the Republic of Ireland, but Northern Ireland is really pretty shit.
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Old 2012-05-24, 3:45 AM   #477
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18185485

As well as Drogba, Chelsea will be releasing Kalou and Bosingwa this summer. Are they going to have anyone left?
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Old 2012-05-24, 4:54 AM   #478
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That's right. Manuel Almunia is the second best goalkeeper eligible for England, according to FM....
This has been known for some time (if not the 2nd-best rating, the fact that he's eligible for England on residency grounds). There was some talk in the press about picking him before Joe Hart took the #1 shirt.

Edit: but there's no way he'd be picked in a 'Team GB - get people from all around the UK' squad.
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Old 2012-05-24, 5:24 AM   #479
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I am still sad that Nacho Novo never got a call up for Scotland
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Old 2012-05-29, 6:40 AM   #480
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RVP is totes staying at Arsenal.

His wife was quoted by the press as saying she wants him to stay.
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Old 2012-05-29, 6:44 AM   #481
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Meanwhile, Eden Hazzard has confirmed he's signing for Chelsea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18138145
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Old 2012-05-30, 4:31 AM   #482
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Meanwhile, Eden Hazzard has confirmed he's signing for Chelsea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18138145
Wonder if he will get as much time on the pitch as Torres did this season. That would be fun.
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Old 2012-05-30, 1:28 PM   #483
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Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is taking over at Liverpool.
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Old 2012-05-30, 8:00 PM   #484
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Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is taking over at Liverpool.

That was... unexpected.
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Old 2012-05-30, 8:05 PM   #485
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He's very, very good.

If you look at where teams finish compared to where you'd expect them to finish based on payroll, he's #1 in the Premiere League, ahead of Ferguson and Wenger.
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Old 2012-05-30, 8:14 PM   #486
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Dont get me wrong, im happy as hell. A mere 2 weeks ago he was all "i aint goin to liverpool" and now he is.
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Old 2012-05-31, 11:58 AM   #487
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Welp, the Frank Lampard 'problem' has been solved. He's out of the Euros with a thigh injury. Not exactly thrilled that his replacement looks like being Jordan 'what he do?' Henderson. But maybe playing him in the middle instead of on the wing will bear fruit.
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Old 2012-05-31, 4:25 PM   #488
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Well, shit.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18285404
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Old 2012-05-31, 4:43 PM   #489
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It makes sense
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Old 2012-05-31, 6:21 PM   #490
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It makes sense
Only if Randy Lerner puts his hand in his pocket. I mean, while teams that do well in their first season in the premiership often struggle in their second once teams have figured them out, I still don't know if it's wise to jump to Villa. They have been seriously under-performing in recent seasons not so much because of a lack of leadership, but because they sold all their best players.
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Old 2012-05-31, 6:51 PM   #491
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Of the two it makes more sense. There are some Liverpool fans already grumbling that they didn't get a bigger name, whereas at Villa you're already ahead simply by virtue of not being McLeish.
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Old 2012-05-31, 7:23 PM   #492
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I meant it would make sense to move on. Get a new challenge.
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Old 2012-06-02, 6:26 AM   #493
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Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

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Aston Villa have confirmed that Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has been appointed as their new manager.

A statement on Villa's official website said: "The board of Aston Villa are delighted to confirm that Paul Lambert has been appointed Villa manager."

Villa have been without a manager since sacking Alex McLeish the day after the final game of the season.

Lambert, 42, guided his Canaries side to a 12th-placed finish in their first season back in the Premier League.
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Old 2012-06-04, 3:00 PM   #494
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Footballer Joey Barton has been punched in the face outside a nightclub in Liverpool
As far as comment goes on this, I think Iwan Thomas (former Olympic silver medalist & world championship gold medalist) said it best on Twitter:

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BREAKING NEWS Joey Barton been attacked outside nightclub.... Police looking for 450,000 suspects
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Old 2012-06-04, 5:32 PM   #495
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As far as comment goes on this, I think Iwan Thomas (former Olympic silver medalist & world championship gold medalist) said it best on Twitter:
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Old 2012-06-13, 5:59 PM   #496
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Blimey, looks like Harry Redknapp's gone from Spurs. It's not clear yet whether he left or was sacked though. There are a lot of rumours suggesting the chairman, Daniel Levy, was furious with Harry for letting third place slip away after having such a commanding lead, so it wouldn't surprise me too much if he was sacked.

Apparently David Moyes is the current favourite to replace him. He strikes me as a bit too conservative for Spurs, though I suppose he's never really had any money to play with, so he could spring a surprise. It'll be interesting to see if whoever does end up coming in can convince the likes of Modric and Bale to stick around.
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Old 2012-06-13, 6:11 PM   #497
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I can't help but feel that if a team than began with a "Manch" came calling, Bale would leave so fast your head would spin.
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Old 2012-07-11, 8:42 AM   #498
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Sounds like Dempsey is close to a move to Liverpool. Should be good for Clint and could even be good for US soccer at least from a youth development perspective if nothing else. I am just a casual EPL fan, but for anyone who knows Liverpool or the EPL better than I do, how would he fit in at Liverpool from a lineup/talent standpoint?
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Old 2012-07-13, 8:12 AM   #499
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HOLY FUCK! Just announced--Rangers will be reformed in Division 3!

Apparently Scottish football has voted to commit seppuku.
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Old 2012-07-13, 9:12 AM   #500
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HOLY FUCK! Just announced--Rangers will be reformed in Division 3!

Apparently Scottish football has voted to commit seppuku.

'Sporting Integrity' is going to bite a lot of clubs in the ass
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