Even the lesser teams have players like Luis Suarez and Romelu Lukaku so it's all bloody good fun. But mostly the mailbox features United fans being told to grow up...
It's all very well having a go at David Moyes (and a few more do), but just who else would they get in? Plus, England in the Group of Death, Pantilimon and the helicopter...
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Happy To See Liverpool Players Pull Out
Neil (Saints fan) - I for one am glad Daniel Sturridge didn't play for England. As a Liverpool fan, the last thing I want is another player coming back injured from international duty. Personally I'd be glad if every Liverpool player pulled out of every international. Daniel Sturridge showed his commitment to the most important thing - his club.
A bit late on the country vs club argument, but I think the reason to prefer one or the other is a chance to win something.
English supporters know they have zero chance (at the moment) to achieve any international success. However, if you support one of the top teams in the Premier League you can be fairly confident you will win something in the next couple of years.
The exact opposite is true for supporters of smaller clubs, they know they won't win anything major with their club. So they pin their hope on the national squad, which gives them slightly more hope and better players to cheer at.
For me, as a Dutchman, I'm screwed either way. My Ajax won't hold up on the European stage, nor will any other Dutch team. The Dutch national team, if managed properly, always has an outside chance. Every 20 years or so. Which made our run to the final in 2010 all the more special.
My mail is full of contradictions, but I'm all emotional because I was in Madrid when we lost to Casillas' toe.
Nasri Broke No Rules
So Aaron the Singaporean Gooner offers a quick five-point plan on what conditions a player needs to satisfy in order to not attract the ire of the fans. He also goes on to cite Henry and Fabregas as doing things the 'right' way. With that in mind, why then does Nasri, or should I say Na$ri, attract so much vitriol?
Point 1: Be honest
He wanted to leave for trophies, and has done so, having won the Premier League.
Point 2: If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything
From what I have seen and heard he has spoken well about his time with Arsenal and Wenger in particular.
Point 3: Show appreciation to the club. Don't burn bridges
Following from point two, he has maintained a positive dialogue about Arsenal, despite there being some high-profile incidents - such as Piers Morgan's goading and being accosted by Arsenal fans when attempting to watch a game at the Emirates to do otherwise.
Point 4: It helps if you've already helped the club achieve much success
This is hard to determine as Nasri's Arsenal career has coincided in a relatively unsuccessful (if you're only using trophies as a KPI) period of Arsenal's history, however it can be argued that he was one of Arsenal's best players in his final season with them, so it's not like he threw a strop and stopped putting the effort in.
Point 5 - It helps if you aren't leaving for a direct rival
As Aaron so eloquently states in his email 'only for him to move to a weaker team that just got bought over by some Middle East oil consortium' - it is reasonable to assume that he is referring to City here. As he himself states that City are a 'weaker' team then, he did not move to a rival, assuming that a rival would be a team at least on par with Arsenal.
So in summary, based on your own five-point plan, can you please cease and desist in the booing next time the teams meet? Feel free to circulate it to all your fellow Gooners as well, and while you're at it, can you also care to explain the rationale behind Nasri receiving the torrent of abuse that he has, whilst Clichy, who left in almost identical circumstances receives absolutely none by comparison?
...The players that left Arsenal for City have an FA Cup and/or a Premier League Champions medal. If they'd stayed at Arsenal, they'd not have any. Not saying you're wrong, but in that regard, well, you are a bit ;)
I can't help but laugh at these so-called rules of leaving a football club. Yes, RVP spent a lot of his time injured at Arsenal. But can you honestly say after he fired Arsenal to 3rd in 2011/12 he still owed Arsenal anything?? He left and brought in £24m which has helped buy Ozil. I doubt any Gooners would rather have van Persie than Ozil so be glad he gave you some great memories, some absolutely majestic goals (that equalising volley against Charlton is probably the best goal I've seen in the league) and has partially funded a transfer for a player that could end up being as or more important than Henry.
The idea of carrying out this expected conduct some emailers have suggested is ludicrous. Sure, don't run 50 yards across the pitch to celebrate scoring against your former club, don't stamp on any of your ex-players' heads and certainly don't slag off the fans. If you hate a player who has said nothing other than he's happy to join his new club then you have issues.
Rikin (was very happy to see him win us the league last season)
Jennings: Legend In North London
While some of the replies to Prajay's e-mails stated that players cannot move between rivals without getting dog's abuse when they return for a match, I can give the example of Pat Jennings when he moved from Spurs to Arsenal. While he wanted to stay at WHL, he got forced out when he was left in limbo without a contract, and to get back at the directors, he went to Highbury. While the fans were disappointed, they never blamed him and so he is a legend at both north London clubs.
Ireland > Scotland But Only Just
I am going to make a slight attempt to sit on the fence and diffuse this debate but I have to say that GTF, Glasgow and Richard THFC are both on polar opposites of what is a dismal and grey spectrum.
The truth of the matter is that Ireland and Scotland are both pretty poor at the moment. Ireland are probably on a downward curve from the heights of recent qualification campaigns and Scotland are (whisper it quietly) looking a bit better under Strachan.
I would say that GTF stipulated a fully fit squad so in that instance I assume Darren Fletcher counts. So there's probably the best player out of both teams. In nets we have McGregor who is the best keeper out of both teams. I think after that the two teams are pretty similar although Ireland take it by a neck in most positions.
The Irish defence is better across the park and I'd probably take Darron Gibson over Scott Brown. For me Steven Fletcher and Maloney walk into this Scotsirish (classy horse btw) XI and are joined by McGeady and McCarthy (both Scots born and raised...). So in all that makes it roughly half and half from the two sides.
The key point in this though is that we are both fairly mediocre and I don't see any world-beaters in the horizon. Philip Cornwall hit the nail in the head the other day when he noted that a homegrown quota system would be more beneficial for other nations. England will have more average to good players to choose from, but so would we. And we need them because at the moment we just have average to poor.
Alex, (...and Kenny retired - bowed out on a high!), Ayr
...In response to GTF, Glasgow and Richard THFC (Eire and now Hull)'s bickering over Ireland vs Scotland, as a fan of neither, if I had to pick a squad made up of players from the two teams, it'd look something like this, in a 4-3-3 lineup:
Coleman (Ir), O'Shea (Ir), Dunne (Ir), Whittaker (Sc),
Brown (Sc), McCarthy (Ir), Gibson (Ir),
McGeady (Ir), S Fletcher (Sc), Maloney (Sc)
(Wikipedia pages for the two national teams used for reference)
So out of a squad of 18, I make it Scotland 7, R o Ireland 11.
Have to say though, neither team is spoilt for choice up to be honest. The bench was difficult - Russell Martin's in there on the basis of some heroic performances for Norwich. Not entirely convinced by Marc Wilson either, but he's a better shout than St Ledger or Hutton.
Anyway, a neutral has spoken. Let the fighting begin...
Alex (I'm probably about to become very unpopular), Leeds
Angrily Defending Italy
I am taking so much umbrage right now with Kalina, The London Hotspurs's assertion that the Italian national team 'have perfected the art of making it to the latter stages of big tournaments without playing a single watchable game'.
Frankly sir my immediate response to shout 'bollocks' at my laptop for 20 minutes, then take to my email account to correct you, you say Italy have been playing 'unwatchable' games, does that mean you haven't watched any of them? Have you not been witness to Pirlo's smooth jazz inspired magesty? Did your eyes fail you when Super Mario showed the world what true masculinity really is? Are you blinded by the light, my son?
For my money, and I'm completely biased by the way, Italy have been the most exciting international team for the past few years, since Prandelli took over they've done things in a way that is so very Italian but also incredibly entertaining and tactically innovative, they came close at Euro 2012, I think Brazil 2014 will be their tournament, it's Pirlo's last tournament, what do you think a man like that will serve up in his swansong?
Dan, Ireland (Italy also get points for Girogio Chiellini being the nastiest f***er around. ((Hi Dave!)))
Wherefore Art Thou?
Just a quick question for the Friday mailbox.
What the bloody hell has happened to Federico Macheda? Seriously does anyone know where he is?