Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Jonjo chooses Engalnd

Jonjo Shelvey has been selected for the England squad and whilst unlikely to get a cap this time around his decision closes the door on his options to represent Scotland. Obviously a tough decision to make and I hope he doesn't regret it.

Granny Shelvey clearly donated the genes that have allowed Jonjo to make raking runs, tough tackles and accurate passes. I am not sure which club she played for but will assume it was Heart of Midlothian as players tended not to stray far from their home towns in those days.

Like all Addicks, I am really pleased that Jonjo looks so close to fulfilling his potential and with so much time on his side promises to become a truly great player of the modern age. He could well eclipse the achievements of Scott Parker and Darren Bent in recent years.

Oh how Scot;and could do with his services at the moment. We go to Belgium next week facing another Mission Improbable. I booked travel and hotels months ago but the stingy Belgium ticket allocation means I have no tickets and  prospects of getting any look slim. We had 13,000 there for a qualifier in 2001 and we all had tickets. Renewed Belgian interest has cut our allocation to 3,000 although plenty more. like us will be travelling ticketless.

It's such a shame after so long following Scotland away but without attending most of the friendlies, being a member of the Travel Club is not enough to get you a ticket. I had to rely upon the Spanish ATM ticketing system to get in against Spain in Alicante last year but no point from the STC as the ticket didn't come from them. If I can find one for Belgium on the streets of Brussels, that will be without a point either. Wales was out-of-reach in spite of an extended allocation because the Welsh aren't that interested. There's always the rugby I suppose...

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