(No) luck of the Irish
As Nadir Belhadj and Hassan Yebda saw their world cup dreams come true Marc Wilson, although his chances would have been considered 'outsider', were ended last night...
The Pompey man is being tipped to make his Ireland breakthrough fairly soon, some even thought he 'might' have been called-up for the play-off against France - but this was too soon, although it is thought that he will be called-up the next time Ireland play a friendly.
Sadly for the Irish this next friendly will not be in preparation for the world cup, this will merely be in preparation for qualifying for Euro 2012 - but this is something that Wilson could be a part of, as he 'might' have the world cup has Ireland not been 'cheated' out of a place in South Africa?
A creditable 1-1 draw in Paris, after extra-time, was not enough to save them as they lost 2-1 over the two legs - although the highly controversial nature of the winning French goal will leave a sour taste in the mouths of many I am sure. A clear Thierry Henry handball, not once but twice, created the opening for William Gallas to oblige.
No doubt this goal will reopen the 'video technology' debate.
It is at such times like this, and the price that someone pays for the scoring of a goal that should not have been, that the calls get stronger - although until a true 'giant' of the game, or the biggest game around, perhaps a world cup final, is decided by such fortuitous circumstances I would think that the stance on this issue will remain the same by the powers that be...
Alas, with the international friendlies and world cup play-offs now out of the way we close in further still on Pompey's return to action, but will Yebda be fit enough to face Stoke on Sunday?
He was not expected to feature for Algeria but 'recovered' to face Egypt yesterday, but how much of a toll has it taken on him...
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