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Ross Barkley's impressive start to the season has earned him a surprisingly rapid elevation to the senior England squad (Image | Liverpool Echo)

Ross Barkley’s impressive start to the season has earned him a surprisingly rapid elevation to the senior England squad (Image | Liverpool Echo)

After my commanding performance in central midfield during game 3 of our works tournament last month (my first two efforts were poor), I was contacted by a man named Roy who asked if I wanted to appear in the Scotland friendly. He didn’t use the word “desperate”, but the tone of his voice was telling. Unfortunately, I was unavailable due to a family dinner.

The above may not be entirely true, but if England’s selection policy continues to develop along its current trajectory, I won’t be letting go of my phone any time soon.

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2012/13 Season Preview: Arsenal

A sight that Arsenal fans are going to have to get over not seeing…

Had I written this piece four days ago, it would have looked a lot different. Arsenal’s prospects ahead of the 2012-13 season are now up in the air just days before the season is due to begin following the sale of Robin van Persie this week to arch-rivals Manchester United.

Arsenal’s primary concern was always about dealing with van Persie’s future. The Dutchman had confirmed he would not sign a new contract, so they can surely not afford to let him sit out his final year before leaving for nothing.

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Sharp shooter | Antonio Di Natale proved he at least has a cool head, converting Italy’s first after Mario Balotelli had missed a golden chance against Spain. (Image | NBC Sports Media)

The European Championships have been in motion since Friday, and already the tournament has dispelled a few myths, and confirmed a handful of uncertainties. Last night’s victory for Ukraine verified the extraordinary power of the talisman: Andriy Shevchenko is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer, and netted twice against Sweden to send the joint hosts top of Group D. A remarkable achievement, and one entirely against that old footballing cliché, the “run of form.”

Furthermore, it became apparent on Sunday that Spain are not the indestructible force some pundits have painted them as. Italy dominated against the World and European champions, who in the absence of the injured David Villa played an unconventional 4-6-0 formation which was predictably ineffective.

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Germany international Lukas Podolski has agreed a deal to join Arsenal at the end of this season

Arsenal pulled off a major coup this morning, announcing that they have a deal in place with Bundeslige club 1.FC Köln to sign experienced German international Lukas Podolski.

The deal, reported by the BBC to be worth £10.9m, brings another major name to an Arsenal squad which has ditched a long-standing refusal to sign established players. And Podolski, the sharp-shooting forward who can play up front or out wide on his preferred left flank, brings another valuable asset to the Emirates as a man who attract some of a defence’s attention away from Robin van Persie.

The two should make an enthralling strike partnership next season. If, of course, van Persie is still at the club by the time Podolski makes his Premier League debut.

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