Sweet FA?
By Tom Dowsett
Tuesday 11 Aug 2009 12:05:00
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With international matches taking centre stage tomorrow night and the Premier League season starting on Saturday, fans must ask themselves -why do the Football Associations of the Home Nations plan to play a game so close to the start of the domestic campaign?

For England, Hammers trio Robert Green, Matthew Upson and Carlton Cole have been selected-with Upson being the most likely to start although as this is a friendly nothing is set in stone. For Wales, Danny Gabbidon, James Collins and Jack Collison have been called up, with Jonathan Spector and Herita Ilunga also involved for their respective countries.


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In 2003 David James, then a West Ham player, was picked in the England squad to face tomorrow night's opponents Holland , coming on as a second half substitute before suffering a knee injury minutes later, prompting an angered reaction from then Irons boss Glenn Roeder.

2006 is also a case in point, which saw Dean Ashton selected by then England manager Steve McLaren to face Greece, however the player did not even make the match squad as a training ground injury sidelined him for the entire 2006-07 campaign. It remains to be seen what tomorrow night will bring for all Premier League managers, who will be hoping their star players remain unscathed.

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