Boys For Brazil

All the talk tonight at Beer O Clock was the England side selected to bring the Jules Rimet trophy back to England in July. The squad, selected by the Sun Newspaper and announced by Roy Hodgson held few surprises. Ashley Cole demonstrated admirable dignity and statesmanship in announcing his retirement from international football just hours before the squad was announced but just seconds after being told he wasn’t in it. His agent has suggested that he might be persuaded to reverse this decision and come out of retirement but only if a subsequent England manager rates him rather higher than Roy does. The only other surprise is the inclusion of Frank Lampard. Roy Hodgson clarified that he hasn’t actually been selected to play but as the only footballer still playing, who can remember the 1966 victory, Frank has been taken to tuck the kids in at night and tell them bedtime fairy tales of winning it again.

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