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The worst-scheduled friendly internationals in the world take place tonight with England taking on Euro 2012 conquerors Italy and while a Shay Given-less Ireland face Serbia in Belgrade. The pre-World Cup 2014 qualifier fixtures have left most Championship and Premier League managers in despair ahead of Friday night’s and Saturday’s kick-off to the domestic season.
England manager Roy Hodgson has needlessly walked himself into controversy by admitting that he “hopes” John Terry is cleared of an FA charge of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. A magistrate found the Chelsea captain not guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence last month.
And Ireland’s boss Giovanni Trapattoni has communication difficulties of his own as he admitted that texts he sent skipper Robbie Keane about his future in the green jersey have gone unanswered.
Meanwhile, Darren Fletcher returned for Manchester United in a benefit game against Aberdeen last night – his first game since November 22. The midfielder who had joined up with the Scotland squad ahead of tonight’s friendly with Australia played the last 30 minutes.
Fletcher and the rest of the United squad are still unsure if Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie will join their ranks from Arsenal. The Gunners say their valuation of the player hasn’t been met while United are believed to be pushing hard to get the deal through. RVP has been dropped for the Netherland’s tie against Belgium tonight.
- Betting: Italy v England
- Betting: Scotland v Australia
- Betting: Premier League matches
- Betting: Championship matches
- World Cup 2014 Qualification Betting
St Nicholas Abbey is likely to take on Frankel in next Wednesday’s Juddmonte International at York. Aidan O’Brien’s colt was third in the King George at Ascot last time when his late run failed to peg back Nathaniel and winner Danedream.
The Juddmonte represents the unbeaten Frankel’s toughest test to date as he steps into the unknown over the 1m 2f trip. Wednesday’s action comes from Beverley (2.15), Salisbury (2.30), Southwell (5.15), Kempton (5.35) and Gowran Park (5.20) in Ireland.
The background to England’s Test against South Africa tomorrow continues to be dominated by Kevin Pietersen who has reportedly apologised for texts sent about English players to South African players.
Pietersen has already been dropped for England’s must-win test Lords test encounter but the controversy is still proving a distraction – particularly to England’s players.
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