It’s a very big moment for three players, all turning out for England this weekend in different sports.<br />
First up, it’s little Ian Bell. He would have been dropped if it wasn’t for Michael Vaughn’s dodgy knee, so he in the first test to play Pakistan in Multan. If you haven’t been to Multan, nor have I. No clue where it is. Anyway, expect lots of headlines like “the Multans of swing” if someone gets a few wickets with the old ball moving in the air.<br />
Next to look at himself in the dressing room mirror and not panic before running out for his country is Pat Sanderson. Playing your first test against Australia is pretty daunting, given that they have two of the best flankers in world rugby in George Smith and Phil Waugh. To get a run in the side, Pat is going to have to scrap mightily well against those two. I wish him luck. He’ll probably get raked and stamped to buggery as well.<br />
Lastly, it’s the new Bobby Moore, future of England etc Rio Ferdinand. He’s been around a long time, but I fail to see how he is higher up the pecking order than Campbell, Terry, Carragher, Woodgate, etc but Sven likes him. A good game against Argentina and he’s in for the World Cup. A shoddy performance, even Sven might think he’s more Bobby Dazzler than Bobby Moore and dump him for good. <br />
Thank god for my 42″ plasma and skysports subscription.
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