Thursday, 8 September 2011

International round-up featuring a lot of Parisien substitutes


Sirigu - Italy's number two. If he's lucky.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds international breaks intensely dull.

We've already had two and the season's barely been up and running for a month - is there anyone out there on planet football who gets excited about the prospect of Bulgaria versus England or Moldova versus Hungary (0-2, if you were wondering)? Wake me up when Euro2012 starts please.

But several members of the PSG squad were busy in the last few days representing their countries in far flung outposts across the globe. Sadly for them, but perhaps not so sadly for the club's title chances, not many of them saw much action on the pitch.

Gameiro, Matuidi and Jezza Menezza were all with Les Bleus for their qualifiers against Albania and Romania, two matches about which the most notable thing was that the opposition had rhyming names. Gameiro was on the bench (unused) for the 2-1 victory over Albania, but none of them featured in the 0-0 snoozefest in Romania. Blaise reportedly has a bit of groin-knack, but will hopefully be fit and well for Sunday's clash with Brest.

Italy aren't pulling up any trees either, and huffed and puffed their way to a 1-0 over the Faroes on Friday, with Salvatore Sirigu an unused sub. In the same group Milan Bisevac got a better more of a look at the Islanders on Tuesday night, starting for Serbia before being withdrawn with a suspected abductor strain. The big man is now doubtful for Sunday. Bloody internationals.

Javier Pastore trekked half-way round the world to sit on the bench for Argentina in their crucial friendly with Nigeria in, er, Dakkar. Whether this was particularly beneficial for a player who is already some way behind his team-mates in the fitness stakes is open to question, but he did get to see Lionel Messi being brilliant, so at least it wasn't a total waste of time.


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