Morning all.

Who to watch?

Bernd Leno and his German teammates take on Iceland. If you’re really lucky, Alex Runasson might be between the posts for Iceland too. Two birds, one stone and all that.

Daniel Ballard, currently away from Arsenal on loan is likely to be in Northern Ireland’s squad to face Italy tonight. Ballard has been getting very good reviews at Blackpool but facing the Italians should be a tougher test for him.

Kieran Tierney and his Scotland teammates line up against Austria this evening. I hope he doesn’t play in all three fixtures and with the last one taking in place in Tel-Aviv, sitting that one out would be beneficial to Arsenal.

Granit Xhaka – he’s in Bulgaria tonight with Switzerland. Two World Cup qualifiers and a friendly fixture lie in store for him.

Mohamed Elneny – Egypt’s international fixtures are qualifiers for the Africa Cup Of Nations. Tonight’s match against Kenya takes place in Nairobi.

Thomas Partey – also involved in the Africa Cup Of Nations but unlike his teammates, he’ll only be involved in just the one match because of the Covid travel restrictions and that match is tonight against Sao Tome and Principe.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Like Thomas Partey, he can only play in one of his country’s Africa Cup Of Nations matches because of Covid travel restrictions and that one’s tonight against DR Congo.

Lastly, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah. Both called up for England Under 21’s. Tonight’s fixture against Switzerland takes place in Slovenia. In fact all three of the European Championships will take place in Slovenia.

Bukayo Saka has been ruled out of tonight’s England fixture against San Marino because of a hamstring injury. Mikel Arteta being smart I wonder?

Martin Odegaard – man of the moment for Arsenal and now captain of Norway. He and his teammates played last night against Gibraltar and won 3-0. Norway had nearly 90% of the possession, 29 shots on goal with nearly half on target. Gibraltar had just one corner and one shot all game and they came very late.

Worryingly though, Martin Ødegaard limped off the pitch during the first half after twisting his ankle.

But he’s ok as after the game, Norway head coach Stale Solbakken was positive about the injury, telling reporters:

It’s not a serious injury. I have big hopes that Martin will be fit for the game against Turkey on Saturday.”

Odegaard himself was upbeat saying:
I twisted my ankle, but I think I will be fit for the game against Turkey Saturday.
Eddie Nketiah has been talking about his lack of playing time at Arsenal:

It’s been a difficult month or so for myself, I have worked hard and stayed dedicated and that has added to the frustration. It is a part of football but one that you don’t want to be involved in.

I believe in my ability so obviously I think I am capable of playing and helping the team. It is frustrating not playing but you have to channel that frustration in a good way, use your time wisely to work hard and prepare for when that opportunity arises.

Eddie is right, being left out is part of the game, especially after he’d enjoyed a lot of minutes prior to Christmas but the reality is, he didn’t really make an impact on the team. Judging him on that period though would be wrong in my opinion, because the team in general were all over the place and goals were hard to come by for all our players. In hindsight  he should have gone out on loan. I’d imagine he’s got a big decision to make this summer in as far as where his future is. Mind you, he’s not alone and for a few, I’d imagine the club will make the decision for them.

Anyway, as far as which game to watch goes, the England under 21’s would be top of my list for tonight. Although MasterChef will probably win or perhaps something on Netflix.

See you in the comments.