Today brought another Chelsea left back Twitter furore. This time it was Ryan Bertrand, who responded to reports he had withdrawn from the England squad with a sore throat by tweeting "Do you think a 'sore throat' could stop me being a part of a match for my club or country? #yourf*****gnuts this is what every boy dreams of." Bertrand later apologised for his language and gave more details about his illness, but has seemingly now quit the social networking site.
Roy Hodgson has applauded the sentiment of Bertrand’s tweet, but said that his choice of words was wrong. The England manager also wants players to learn from recent events and be more careful when using Twitter in the future.
In other Twitter news Ashley Cole has accepted the FA’s charge over his recent outburst without appeal, and could face a record fine for a Twitter-related incident. The acceptance could make it easier for Hodgson to select him so he can win his 100th cap in the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.
Frank Lampard has also been ruled out of England’s match with San Marino on Friday night. The midfielder has a knee injury and has returned, along with Bertrand, to the Chelsea squad for treatment over the weekend. Both will rejoin the squad on Sunday to be assessed ahead of England’s match away in Poland on Tuesday. Wayne Rooney will take the captain’s armband in Lampard’s absence. In terms of his international future, Lampard has insisted he’s not the retiring type.
Lampard has also been urged to join the MLS next season by no less than the league’s commissioner Don Garber, who said that any club would likely welcome him with open arms. The midfielder in the last year of his contract and may look for a lucrative deal in America this summer.
Fernando Torres has said that Juan Mata is “sad” about being left out of the Spain squad, but that it is an indication of how strong Spain are at the moment. Mata himself has vowed to reclaim his place in the squad, and with his form for Chelsea, you would expect it won’t take long.
Finally, further news about Falcao’s possible exit from Atletico Madrid next summer has surfaced throughout the day. For reasons why financial fair play regulations might make it more likely, check out HITC’s Mathew Nash’s piece right here.
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