He obviously couldn't be arsed to travel south to Brisbane Road for the game tonight, only to travel back to Hartlepool tomorrow, to then finally travel down again Friday and go back up again after our game on Saturday!Luke James, following the trend of current internationals doing the same for meaningless fixtures pulled out of this fixture with an 'ankle knock'
Should be fit and ready for the game on Saturday
I went along to the game this evening, England won 1-0 with a penalty from Alfie Pavey.
Impressed with two players who played in particular - James Hardy of Fylde and Wesley Fonguck from Barnet, both will no doubt play higher at some point.
Game was ok if a bit dull - typical friendly. Both sides got the ball down and tried to play, looks like Paul Fairclough trys to pick the best young technically gifted players in Non League. England very pleasing on the eye. Estonia played well first half, but offered nothing in the second.
Crowd was 635 - Lots of family and friends from the players in attendance.
Excuse my ignorance then... how does this work!?! When do they play? Can we get someone called up?
I saw Paul Fairclough at the 2004/05 Champions squad reunion event and his appearance was the same as it was when he was managing us. Now he looks his age but back then he looked frail for his age.Only U23s at non league clubs are eligible and they play at some (but not all) international breaks. They don't compete in any "official" tournaments but play friendlies and friendly tournaments against rough equivalents from across Europe who will each have their own selection criteria.
I don't know if any of your lot will have been eligible for this squad as I'm not sure whether June counts as part of this season or next, but any eligible players of yours can definitely be called up next year.
The whole thing is a bit odd and the squads often look very random as clubs are under no obligation to release players and I'm not entirely sure how seriously Paul Fairclough takes it (he turns 70 next year and this is his only football job now), but the games can be a decent watch and usually get reasonable attendances when played over here.
I saw Paul Fairclough at the 2004/05 Champions squad reunion event and his appearance was the same as it was when he was managing us. Now he looks his age but back then he looked frail for his age.