Morning all.

With the international break around the corner, much speculation surrounds Gareth Southgate’s squad selection. Whilst Jordan Pickford’s Everton are going through a bad patch, Aaron Ramsdale has been outstanding in goal for Arsenal. Harry Maguire has been heavily criticised in the media of late and John Stones seems to have fallen out of favour at Man City, again whereas Ben White has been playing regularly and doing rather well. Finally, Emile Smith Rowe has been outstanding for Arsenal and would add something special to the England team.

 

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I always hope that none of Arsenal’s players are called up for international duty but that’s for selfish reasons. For footballers, or any sportsperson for that matter, it’s their dream come true when their respective countries come calling.

In some ways though, an international manager goes through something very similar to a club manager because when he picks the under 21 players for the senior team he weakens the squad from which they’ve come from. In England’s case, the under 21’s who are themselves hoping to qualify for the Euros in 2023. England face the Czech Republic on Thursday in a qualifying match but their second fixture is a friendly.

However, to see four Arsenal players turn out for the England senior team would be pretty special wouldn’t it?

If NewsNow headlines are to be believed, Kieran Tierney might be fit for the weekends game against Watford. What a dilemma Mikel Arteta has if true because does he stick with Nuno Tavares or bring the Scotsman straight back into the team? I’ve really enjoyed watching our young left back play in this team, he’s busy, exciting to watch and he just doesn’t give up. I think if I was Mikel I’d be tempted to leave Tierney out of the team so he stays at the club during the international break and concentrates on getting fully fit. Easy for me to say but not so easy for Mikel Arteta to do as Tierney will be desperate to play for Scotland I’m sure. However, there was no sign of him in the training photos on Arsenal’s official website.

In other news, Antonio Conte takes charge of Toots training from today so it’ll be interesting to see how his ‘rule with a strong arm’ tactics go down with the players. At Chelsea, he breezed in, won the League and then got the sack. Up in Newcastle, their hunt for a new manager goes on as Unai Emery said thanks but no thanks. Just goes to show that money doesn’t always get a club what it wants. Still, there’s always Tony Pulis to turn to.

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