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Latest Team News:


Scotland….with a number of injuries and suspensions to deal with, Alex Mcleish is clearly delighted to be recalling captain Darren Fletcher to the starting eleven. Of potentially even greater significance is the decision of Georgia’s number 1 keeper Georgi Lomaia  to withdraw from the squad. Lomaia’s place is likely to be taken by Georgi Makaridze, who is just 17, and he is set to make his competitive international debut….James ‘hero’ McFadden claims it is not a ‘must-win’ game…he has a point, Italy is the big one. However, do us a favour James and bang one or two in yeah??

John Terry will more than likely miss England’s game against Russia tomorrow. Terry suffered a locked knee in training today and Sol Cambell should deputise….Poor old Terry seems like he’s breaking down: buggered toe, buggered face and buggered knee. Plus his father-figure has buggered off from Chelsea. He’s odds-on in thefc100’s ‘most likely to become the next Paul McGrath’ bet (one of Paul McGrath’s three sons is second favourite at 5/2)……

Ireland are missing Dunne, Carr, Potter, Reid (X2), Duff, Long, Carsley, Ireland and possibly John O’Shea to name but ten players. Good news is McShane and Hunt are back in contention after suspension. Staunton may well decide to throw an inexperienced team out. However following a positive performance against Germany we have a sneaking suspicion Ireland will do the busness against the mighty Cyprus. A 5-2 defeat way back when needs to be forgotten about sooner rather than later. Were Cyprus to do the double over Ireland the State may decide to prosecute Staunton and the FAI would have legal right to dismiss him with prejudice, seconds after the final whistle*.
* Or so one of the lads says…..

Wales?  San Marino away? 20/1 on the part-timers? No, no. We’re not kidding. Ok, chances are Wales will beat them let’s be honest. However with internal strife and John Toshack coming to the fore this week (and most others), now is as good a time as any for San Marino. Bellamy should get a hat-trick though at the same time. Who knows. God speed.

Northern Ireland face table-toppers Sweden, away from the ‘comfort’ of Windsor Park. A win would set up a hell of a finale for Northern Ireland. Defeat would send them packing from a memorable campaign, but an ultimately disappointing one having promised so much in the earlier days under Lawrie Sanchez. We wonder if he’d prefer to be back in the Northern Ireland job….?

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