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What another fantastic weekend of sporting action!
Who would have thought that we would see England qualify for the Rugby World Cup Final after witnessing their hammering against South Africa earlier in the tournament. All the criticism that Brian Ashton and the team took would have sunk many a ship but you have to take your hat off to them for the way they have responded.
Of course they face South Africa in the final but you would not bet against them becoming world champions again.
Talking of criticism, another manager who has taken his fair share is Steve McLaren. He looks to have turned things around but still faces a tough trip to Russia and nothing but qualification will be good enough.
On the England front it was nice to see Joleon Lescott finally make his debut and his outing against a poor Estonia side will certainly give him confidence ahead of the crucial tie with Russia (on plastic) this Wednesday.
I'm afraid plastic pitches have no place in major European and world football fixtures. I know they have improved ten fold since the days of QPR, Oldham and Luton but to me you still do not get a proper game of football and the risk of injury to players is still high.
I can understand the weather conditions might have played a part in the decision to play on artificial turf but surely Uefa could have made Russia play their home games earlier in the calendar year.
Scotland face a tricky tie to Georgia in midweek but will go there on the back of another great result against Ukraine and one man who will be brimming with confidence is our own James McFadden.
Faddy has been in inspirational form for Scotland and he capped another fine performance with a fantastic strike on Saturday. Evertonians always ask the question 'Why can't he reproduce his form from Scotland for Everton?'
I firmly believe that Faddy has a big part to play in Everton's future and hopefully we will see that in the coming years. I think people forget that James is only 24 and I'm sure if he is given an extended run in the team he will not let anybody down.
I believe his best position is up front but many of his early games for Everton were as a wide man and people tend to forget that. Although there is plenty of competition for front places at the moment I believe the 'man of the moment' has a big part to play in Everton's season.
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