Three Lions - different tales
- 27 May 2013 09:39
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
With City’s 2012/13 campaign firmly put to bed, much of today’s focus is on our international boys with Jack Rodwell and Joe Hart in the headlines for different reasons.
And while they prepare for upcoming games with Ireland and Brazil, there’s also Gareth Barry’s continued exclusion from the England squad to consider.
But first on to Rodwell who has looked strong and fresh in the final weeks of a frustrating season. David McDonnell in the Daily Mirror quotes Jack’s immediate and long-term aims – and impending wedding - in his piece:
“I have a lot to prove to City fans, as they haven’t seen the best of me yet, so I’m excited about that,” said Rodwell.
I’ll have to be getting up before the missus while I’m on honeymoon so I can get my work out of the way then enjoy the rest of the day
“I’ll be doing something most days, even the day before the wedding – I can’t go back in rusty. It’s a new chapter for me, and coming back for pre-season will be a fresh start – almost like a new career.”
Writes Edwards: “Johnson believes Hart can put his own longevity into context and says that the Manchester City keeper’s will to win is one of his biggest assets.
‘I’m astonished by some of the things he does,” said Johnson. “Sometimes in training a goalkeeper might think a player is going to score anyway, so might not make quite so much effort.
‘Joe wouldn’t do that. He always thinks he is going to save it. You might think he’s not going to save it – then he does. He always takes letting in a goal personally.’
Johnson adds: 'With his age and the position he plays, he could smash all sorts of records. It could actually be frightening how many years Joe plays on for. He could actually smash the 200 caps mark.
'If he looks after himself, which he does, he could have around 15 years left to go.'
Finally, we return to the Mirror’s McDonnell, who taps into Gareth Barry’s disappointment and being snubbed by Roy Hodgson which, to City fans, is odd given the season he’s just had.
“Ideally I’d like to be playing for my country,” says Barry in McDonnell’s feature.
“But the positive is that I’ll get a great break and come back fit and fighting for a place in the squad. It’s been quite ¬frustrating because I’ve been playing some of the best football of my career and you don’t get the call.
I had that for a spell at Aston Villa too, so I’m just used to it. If you’re not seen as an ideal fit in the team you can get overlooked. I haven’t been given an explanation, but I’m pretty relaxed on that
“I’m not one who goes to managers and calls them to ask for a reason. Once their mind is made up, that’s fine.”