Birthday boy Aguero's double gift
- Sun 03 Jun 2012, 7:55AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Sergio Aguero celebrated his 24th birthday in style, while Daniel Sturridge is linked with a return to Manchester.
With most of City’s first team squad scattered across the world representing their nations, there’s a decidedly international feel to today’s instalment of What the Media Says.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring on his 24th birthday for Argentina as they overcame Ecuador 4-0. Pablo Zabaleta also started the game for Albiceleste, who were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Messi and Higuain.
Angel Di Maria added a late fourth to put his country in charge of their World Cup qualifying pool.
Playing for the Seleccion on my birthday is already a present in itself. But also, look at the coincidence: yesterday, chatting with a friend, I realised that it has also been 10 years since my first international appearance. Because in 2002 [Eduardo] Tojo picked me for the Under-15s. I was 14 then, now I turn 24 - so it is a double gift.
Meanwhile, Joe Hart has revealed his frustration at not being called upon to start by Fabio Capello in his reign as England manager.
Hart was third-choice behind Rob Green and David James at World Cup 2010, and after helping his country to a 1-0 win over Belgium at Wembley yesterday, he lifted the lid on that disastrous campaign to ESPN.
“It was frustrating but understandable. I was quite aware I wasn’t going there as No1. It was a case of being ready if required,” said Hart.
Yes, the last regime called me John. I didn’t bother about always trying to correct them. I just ended up saying to myself, ‘My name is Joe!’
It’s a rare quiet Sunday for City-flavoured transfer talk but the Daily Star does suggest there could be incomings and outgoings in the striker department over the coming months. The talk again centres around the prospect of Roberto Mancini attempting to bring Daniel Sturridge back to Manchester.
“If Sturridge decides he has to move on, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will sit up and take note.
“As reported previously in this column, the Italian coach was dismayed that Sturridge was allowed to leave City for Chelsea before his arrival at the club.”
In the same paper, the notion of recent Feyenoord loanee John Guidetti making a switch to Sunderland was floated.
“The former Burnley loanee hit 20 goals in 23 matches for the Dutch giants and O’Neill could be interested in taking him on similar terms.”
Expect silly season to resume as soon as the Euros kick-off.