Monday, January 07, 2008

Carling Cup Semi-final team selection issues.

Tricky one this....does the rule state that it's 14 days before THE first game or THEIR first game. We really could do with him. It's a shame South Africa are being so tough about it all, but then again I suppose they don't want a late injury to disrupt their plans.

MOYES EXPECTS PIENAAR TO PLAY?: "Everton had been negotiating with the South African Football Association in order to secure Pienaar's services for the first leg of the Carling Cup semi final on Tuesday.

But recent reports in South Africa said the international management were expecting Pienaar to join the squad on Sunday.

And now Moyes is highlighting the 14-day rule to lay claim to the midfielder, who is on loan from Borussia Dortmund.

Fifa regulations say a country can claim their player 14 days before international action.

The African Cup of Nations begins on January 20, but South Africa aren't in action until January 23 - which is 15 days after the game at Stamford Bridge."

Also we have this from new signing Dan Gosling

Former Brixham United youth team player Dan Gosling joined the Barclaycard Premiership elite yesterday when Plymouth Argyle agreed to sell him to Everton for £1.5million.: "'I've never met Mr Moyes, because all the negotiations have been done over the telephone,' said Gosling in an exclusive interview with the Herald Express last night.

'However, he's got it wrong if he thinks I'll settle for anything other than making the first team squad at Goodison Park.

'I shall do my best to knock on the first team door straight away.'

Gosling, discovered by local talent scout John James playing for Brixham United under-12s in the Pioneer Youth League, has made 24 first team appearances for Argyle since making his Coca Cola Championship debut at 16.

'It's going to be a lot harder for me at Premiership level, but I know I will relish the challenge of trying to break into the Everton first team,' he said.

'I don't know what position they have in mind for me having played at full-back and in midfield for Argyle. I haven't really discussed that side of it, but I'm comfortable playing anywhere and will play anywhere.'

Gosling says he definitely won't feel out of place rubbing shoulders with Premiership talent having played with a number of the country's up-and-coming stars for England"

Can't beat a bit of confidence. Hope he lives up to his hype.

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