Considering all the names we have been linked with since the end of the football season and earlier, I expected to come back from holiday to see a glut full of new names to the squad as well as four England players travelling to South Africa.
Three was okay but you have to feel a little sympathy for Adam Johnson. The winger has been impressive for City since signing from Middlesbrough and you might have thought he would have been the dark horse to get to South Africa.
But out of 180 minutes in two games, Johnson only got six minutes to impress Fabio Capello which just wasn’t enough. But Johnson is only young and it makes sense not to put too much pressure on the winger at such a major tournament. It will be better to give him match experience in the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria, Switzerland, Wales or Montenegro.
But it was good news for SWP who, along with Joe Hart and Gareth Barry, made the squad and will hope a good World Cup will help reignite his City career. The little winger impressed during his 45 minute spell against Japan when England came from behind to win 2-1.
So Where’s All These Big Name Signings Then?
Considering we were supposed to be buying half of Europe this summer, we’ve only made two official moves in the transfer market. The much publicised bid for James Milner is still rumbling on with the media just taking guesses at the amount City will offer next. But any move for the England man will now have to wait until after the World Cup unless City want to incur the wrath of Fabio Capello, who has decreed that no transfer with his players will take place while they are on World Cup duty.
Jerome Boateng will become a City player on 1st July after agreeing terms on Saturday, after the deal had been imminent for almost a month. Boateng has agreed a five year contract and will become the third Hamburg player to join the blues. Why don’t we just go the whole hog and buy Hamburg?
The World Cup Is Finally here
After waiting for what seems like an eternity, the World Cup will finally make its way onto our screens on Friday, giving us four weeks of football to look forward to.
I will, of course, be watching as many of the matches as I can get away with and bring regular updates on City players competing in the tournament. However, if you fancy doing a World Cup blog for us, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Enjoy the World Cup
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