England’s new Nike kit will make its debut against Brazil at Wembley (Picture: Nike)


Morning all.

The new England kit. It’s a no from me….

Arsenal FC have confirmed that three of its own fans have been given a 3 year banning order after pleading guilty of public order offences relating to ‘tragedy chanting’ during the game against Liverpool at The Emirates back in January. Stupid behaviour, offensive too and of course they deserve their punishment, but, what about Liverpool fans who boo the national anthem at any and every given opportunity? I’m English, I’m patriotic and I find their actions offensive as I’m sure thousands of other English fans do too, so where’s their punishment? I know two wrongs don’t make a right but, where is the consistency? Yep, in the too difficult to deal with tray I suspect.

Bukayo Saka has withdrawn from the England squad through injury. Gary Neville knew it was coming, or at least he thought he did – he didn’t of course but having been part of an era when Fergie pulled his players from international duty whenever he felt like it, he probably just thinks of things like that. I don’t care what he thinks by the way, all I care about is if Saka is injured, it’s nothing serious. I’m sure it’s not otherwise we’d have known about it but even if a player, regardless of who they are, has the slightest of niggles, playing in a friendly match is not worth the risk. I’m surprised Declan Rice hasn’t dropped a bone china teacup on his big toe by now – that hurts honest, I’ve done it myself before and I was off work for a month….

Talking of friendly fixtures, Arsenal were thrashed 4-0 by QPR yesterday. Oh my goodness, panic, we need to sign better players, sack the manager, sell anyone involved in such a humiliating defeat…. I jest of course… The game was nothing more than an opportunity for Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu to get playing time. Both need it too after being out of the game for a while. When Partey made his return just a week or so ago, he was clearly rusty so yesterday will have done both players the world of good. The squad too as after this international break, it’s non stop until the end of May.

Arsenal’s starting 11: Ejeheri (Rojas 46), Nichols (Dudziak 64), Robinson, Foran, Tomiyasu (Quesada-Thorn 46), Partey (Kabia 64), Lewis-Skelly, Gower (Bandeira 64), Cozier-Duberry (Oulad M’Hand 64), Butler-Oyedeji, Kamara (Rosiak 64).

Great for so many younger players to get time on the pitch with two first team players and an opportunity for Mikel Arteta to see what they’re made of. The result was insignificant in my opinion.

On the international front, four Arsenal players were in action last night. Italy were behind in their game against Venezuela when Jorginho came on from the bench midway through the second half and he made a huge difference. Italy went on to win 2-1. Jakub Kiwior and his Polish teammates put 5 goals passed Karl Hein to keep their Euro 2024 qualification chances alive and it was the same for Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ukraine courtesy of a 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ukraine v Iceland and Poland v Wales takes place on Tuesday night with the winners of each match heading to Germany this summer.

Tonight, Martin Odegaard and David Raya could be in action as Norway play Czech Republic and Spain play Colombia.

Catch up in the comments..