Dropping like flies
Rather unsurprisingly players are dropping out of England's friendly against USA here in Chicago
10 of us are going - 8 Yanks, 1 Aussie and me and the news that Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have joined Frank Lampard, John Terry, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Owen and David Beckham on the missing list will not help my wagers.
Sven today agreed to allow Rooney and Rio to rest after the season. The cheating Lampard has to have his foot sewn back on following that career threatening tackle from Jonathan Fortune and Terry is also planning surgery. The foreign league contingent have club commitments, at least for the first game of the tour in Chicago.
If Liverpool win the Champions League then it is expected that Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher will want to attend a tour of Liverpool, planned for 28 May, the same day as the game at Soldier Field.
Newcastle's Nicky Butt and Kieron Dyer are also struggling with injuries and are likely to be missing from the squad which will be named tomorrow.