Football has been getting some stick recently for the cowardly way in which players are diving, rolling around and hitting the deck as if an anonymous and highly trained ball bearing sniper is picking them out from the highest places in the various grounds across the country.
In a week that has seen Paul Wood, a rugby league player, continue playing for 40 minutes with a ruptured testicle you can understand the perhaps, lack of sympathy for Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand who has withdrawn from the England squad with … a sore throat.
It is irritating, hell, I have a sore throat right now but I am still trying not to cry off as it isn’t something that warrants such a break. On the other hand England do already have Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines at left-back duties so he might not be needed.
Here is what the fine folk of Twitropolis have been saying about it…
Sam Elliott @SamElliott_NLP
Nothing like giving the "football's not a mans' sport" brigade some ammo. Ryan Bertrand has left the England camp as he "has a sore throat"
Martin Williams @Martin1Williams
#Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand pulls out of the England squad for Friday's World Cup qualifier vSan Marino due to...a sore throat!
PlayUp Football @playupfootball
Ryan Bertrand has pulled out of the England squad with a sore throat! Nearly as bad as Theo Walcott's bruised thigh!
footie news & gossip @caughtoffside
Ryan Bertrand has pulled out of the England squad for the San Marino qualifier because of a 'sore throat', is that a joke? Incredible
Tom Clarke @Clarkey101
Ryan Bertrand has pulled out of the England squad due to a sore throat. You have to be kidding me.
A 'sore throat' is probably the soppiest excuse ever by a football player, cough cough Ryan Bertrand.
Megan Jones @MeganLJones91
Couldn't Roy give Ryan Bertrand a packet of lockets and a slap #ridiculous
Dominique Gilbert @dom_gilbert
I just refuse to believe Ryan Bertrand has a sore throat...
Martin Connor @Conbags
Ryan Bertrand pulls out of England game with sore throat. @granite1990 can you tell the lads I won't be there tonight? I have an itchy eye
josh p @joshpoole23
Lets get this straight Ryan Bertrand earns about £50,000 p/w and he can`t afford a packet of strepsils for like a quid
Vicki Boyde @Boydalarr
#PrayForBertrand My thoughts are with him at this extremely difficult time.
jordan thomas @Jordyt1992
I have a really bad feeling bertrand wont pull through this :-/#prayforbertrand
Ryan Bertrand is out of the England game with a sore throat - hope he recovers from this career threatening injury! #PrayForBertrand
Could he not have said he had sprained a knee, tweaked a knee…anything other than a sore throat?
What are your thoughts on the issue?
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