Category Archives: Sport

Can the Saints trio make Roy’s plane this summer?

Yesterday’s scintillating Southampton victory over Newcastle raised many questions for Roy Hodgson. Which of the Saints English attacking trio should make the plane to Rio this summer? In my opinion all three should be certainties.

A World Cup raises many challenges and the chemistry within an international team can often falter due to such little match time together.

However here Roy Hodgson has three ready made homegrown talents all in what appears to be the form of their lives. Rather than relying on Rooney and Sturridge to work together, why not just start Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Ricky Lambert in the opening game against Italy? The chemistry needed to break teams down is natural and instinctive between them, and they all have the quality to match.

So come on Roy…

Why not give them a chance to replicate their club form for England this summer?

The Saints trio alongside left-back Luke Shaw have shown great form this season.

The Saints trio alongside left-back Luke Shaw have shown great form this season.

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Jonny Be Good. (September 2011)

There’s a well-known film that states the world will end on the 21st December 2012… For a brief moment today I thought the world was ending; all set to implode on itself and soar through the sky as a burning fireball before turning into dust, leaving just one very well made New Zealand score board (possibly German-made), undamaged and floating around the universe for the rest of eternity, reading,

Argentina: 9 England: 3

But this is England at a World Cup… We were never going to make things easy for ourselves!

Something has to be wrong with the world when Jonny Wilkinson misses 5 penalties in a row?

Yes, there is no denying, that for a second, every English rugby fan experienced something they have never felt before while watching Jonny go through his usual routine before a kick… Doubt. We all felt it, some of you may even have heard the words ‘Toby and Flood’ whispered at the back of your mind.

But then you remember… you’re thinking about replacing the man who gave a nation its greatest sporting moment since 1966 with a Thomas Kuszczak look-a-like?

Although I’m only 15, I still remember England’s 2003 World cup campaign. Most vividly, that drop goal.  In my mind, no matter what, Jonny Wilkinson is the greatest rugby player ever… he certainly has given me the most memories.

Watching England’s first game of the 2011 RWC campaign today in Dunedin, it’s quite clear we are really going to need, Jonny, to be good.

English rugby’s answer to David Beckham will always be the greatest in my eyes, I’d say we can forgive him for a few missed kicks after all he has done with an England shirt on! The 10th September 2011 was a bad day at the office for Jonny, a small blip in what otherwise has been a sensational, memorable career… and long may it continue!

Wilko - 10.

Wilko – 10.