David James poses for the cameras before yesterday's game, before he's had enough time to properly prepare his makeup
I've always thought that international friendlies were largely pointless affairs. They are usually played with a shadow squad because the best players usually withdraw from the squad in advance of the game with minor niggles (read: need to be fit for a more important league cup game later in the week). As if that wasn't bad enough, they are often played at half tempo, and the sheer number of substitutions that take place totally shatter the continuity of the game and results in International Caps being thrown out like confetti.
Last night was a new nadir.
This is World Cup year. What greater incentive can there be for staking a claim for inclusion in the England squad? Incentive aside, as professional players, we have every right to expect that they will turn up for each game and give their all, whatever the circumstances.... and surely even more so when the game in question is an international match.
So what the hell was David James thinking when he came out after the game and told us all about his lack of preparation for the game? He's one of the most experienced members of the side. Surely he should know better than this. Fair play to the guy for being honest: he certainly wasn't the only guilty party in the England side - on that performance, Rio Ferdinand isn't worth a fraction of his £100,000 a week. Best defender in the world? Do me a favour.
Frankly being sorry isn't enough, and the apology is not accepted. We already know what a bunch of overpaid, childish prats the majority of players in the grossly over-hyped Premiership are. With every fight, with every sex scandal, with every cigar, we see that more and more clearly. Inevitably this total lack of professionalism now stretches out onto the pitch.
These players are bloated on their fat salaries and on their own publicity. They should be ashamed of themselves, but I'm sure they are not.
See you at the weekend for the next round of games in the self-styled "Most Exciting League In the World".
We're one of the favourites for the World Cup, by the way.