Writer: Mike Field
Date:Wednesday October 14 2009
Martin O'Neill is still waiting before responding to Emile Heskey's intimation that he will leave Villa to secure his England place.
Monny is not doubt pouring over the words to come up with a suitably glib response, but rightly he is waiting until he has chance to speak to him directly first.
Commenting to the Birmingham Mail he said:
'You can ask me as much as you want about it, but I won't have anything to say at this moment.'
Monny and the team have had a few extra days break given the international commitments so it's likely the beginning of the week was his first time back in the office and we all know Monny well enough to know he isn't going to react quickly over such comments.
We probably won't hear of any response until a couple of days after the Chelsea game if truth be told.
However, whilst he might not answer the specifics, he does have a genuine message for all of England's hopefuls nonetheless:
'Players need to remember themselves here. The World Cup is not next week, not before Christmas and not even before Easter. It's a long way off.'
More over, Ash has lost his place because his form hasn't been fantastic. Gabby is back in after losing his place, because he's now doing the job and Emile has achieved diddlysquat since joining us, and not only doesn't deserve his Villa place he certainly doesn't deserve his England place.
You can only assume Capello has kept faith with him because Heskey does a job nobody else in the England camp can do, but despite picking up the odd goal he hasn't done a lot for England either.
If I was Heskey I'd be more worried about Carlton Cole or Gabby impressing when they get a chance and putting him down the order than I would be about wanting to turn out regularly for us whilst still falling over at every opportunity and playing like a lump.
If Heskey was playing regularly he'd probably already be out of the squad because Capello would be able to see what us lot have since we wasted £3.5 million on him.
Failing that we all wish him the best, and hope the door doesn't knock him on his arse on the way out.
Date:Wednesday October 14 2009
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