It’s another international weekend to the dismay of football fans.
The Premier League has become such an attraction given the global superstars in our game that everybody is disappointed when they can’t watch it – me included.
It doesn’t help that England are in dire straits at the moment. Not only that, friendlies get on my nerves because of the sheer volume of substitutions that are made, which spoils the flow of the game. England take on Holland and Italy over the next week as well – two games that should stir some excitement – but they will probably end up as a drab encounter because all the teams will be too scared of getting injured and missing out on club football.
FIFA have introduced a new competition to be implemented after the World Cup which should mean that there will be no more friendlies in the future and I welcome that.
Every England game should be meaningful and players should be honoured to play for their country. That isn’t the case at the moment.
The fans are also struggling to get behind the team, even for the competitive games, and you can’t blame them for that.
Fans in England are renowned for their passion but there is nothing from the team to give fans anything to be passionate about at the moment.
We have a real conundrum with who to play in net, with Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Joe Hart and Nick Pope all showing big pros and cons for a starting berth.
Traditionally the position of centre back is our strongest but now it looks like our weakest. Our midfield also looks lightweight and inconsistent, with the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling showing bright glimpses here and there for England.
Harry Kane is our only star player and he is currently injured so let’s hope he can get fully fit in time for the World Cup.
Otherwise we really will be in trouble.