Every Friday, talkSPORT Drive host, Adrian Durham will be be offering his thoughts on football's talking points.
England should have called on Carragher
That phone call from Jamie Carragher remains the highlight of my career so far, and I can’t see anything topping it. I actually heard it back in full for the very first time this week and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Here’s a question – should he have played more games for England at centre-half?
He’s an organiser, a very good defender and he puts his body on the line (witness the stomach cruncher he took at Arsenal recently).
He’s more bothered about the football than silly issues like press conferences, captaincy, earnings and off-field controversy.
He would have given everything and he would have caused no problems whatsoever off the pitch. Had he been a regular at centre-half he wouldn’t have quit international football either.
Carragher himself would probably admit Rio Ferdinand and John Terry were better players, but both of them have had distractions off the pitch.
So should Carra have been an England regular with Steven Gerrard for the past 10-12 years?
Don’t go nuts over Brazil win, but England are on the right lines
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Wembley on Wednesday to see England beat Brazil. It was a great atmosphere and a great performance from the team.
And, yes, I’m well aware it was only a friendly. I remember England getting totally outplayed by France at Wembley but the fact it was a friendly didn’t stop people completely hammering the English players. So when they play well, let’s give them credit.
Joe Hart’s penalty save was good, the follow-up save was world class. Jack Wilshere was immense, he bossed the midfield alongside Gerrard. This was against Brazil, not Andorra. It was brilliant to see.
And I was impressed with Wayne Rooney’s commitment. Even when Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck went off and he became more isolated, Wayne was given it everything for the England cause, and he got a goal as well.
Can England play like that in the qualifiers and [if they get there] at the World Cup next year? I hope so. We are starting to look like the real deal…
Posh blundered badly over Boyd
Peterborough United have shown exactly how not to sell their best player.
They’ve made a complete mess of letting George Boyd go. Leaving it to the last minute was risky, and the Forest fiasco has shown that to be a bad policy.
Now we’re stuck with Boyd on the wage bill, as well as the loan players brought in to compensate for his loss. And we’re bottom. And we’ve started a row with Palace about Boyd. Not ideal that, is it?
The saddest thing is George Boyd is in the middle of all this. He’s a true professional and deserved to be treated better.
Sunderland strike farce
Which Premier League club has spent £27m on three strikers in the past 18 months? Sunderland. Incredible.
Steven Fletcher, Danny Graham, and Connor Wickham.
Probably the most gifted of the three, Wickham, has been sent out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday. It’s a strange way to run a club, but if the Black Cats are happy floating around doing very little season after season and spending fortunes for that privilege that’s up to them.
Is there a strategy there? The net result is a promising young English striker has had his career held up, and that’s not a good situation for player or club.
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