England has UEFA qualifying matches coming up soon against Perennial Powerhouses San Marino and Estonia, and Roy Hodgson has named four Arsenal players to his squad for what should surely be a couple of victories for the Three Lions (right?)
The usual suspects Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Danny Welbeck will be joined by Kieran Gibbs, who will have some opportunity now that Ashley Cole has retired from England duty, at least until Luke Shaw emerges from the U21s as expected. The Guardian's Daniel Taylor has pointed out that the FA is a bit slow on the uptake when it comes to one of their strikers:
The Welbeck news doesn't seem to have reached the FA . . pic.twitter.com/WZqipbvYaF— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) October 2, 2014
So that's fun. Hey, guys, you sanctioned his transfer! Did you lose the fax?
Also soon to be appearing in an England shirt is right back/center back/tonsillitis victim Calum Chambers, whom Gareth Southgate selected for his U21 squad to play Croatia in a UEFA U21 playoff qualifier. The squad also features Carl Jenkinson, so maybe the two of them can arm-wrestle or something to decide which of them gets to take over full time for Mathieu Debuchy in a few years when Hector Bellerin inexplicably ends up playing CDM.
Anyhow, congrats to Wilshere, Ox, Welbeck, Gibbs, and Chambers (and Carl!) Don't get hurt!