I decided to play football tonight rather than watching England convincingly beat Scotland. Given that I am in my thirties and on a rolling contract (in my head) I gathered that hanging my boots up is closer than I would like, so I need to take the chance to play while I can.
Judging by my Twitter timeline it looks as if the Arsenal boys represented us well last night. It was the Arsenal duo that opened the scoring. Jack Wilshere's fizzing pass landed on the money, the money was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's head and he had the relatively easy task of just helping the ball on into the corner.
Wilshere's pass was sheer quality. Look at his body shape as he hits the pass, remarkable.
That was Jack Wilshere's 4th man of the match award in a row for his country which in itself is pretty amazing. Clearly the level of opposition has not been very high, in fact most of the teams have been below average so his new deep role still needs a proper going over by quality opposition. I would like to see game where England have little of the ball so Jack's concentration can be judged as well as his in game intelligence. We'll then learn a lot more about Jack and this new role.
As you'd expect there are many Arsenal fans wondering if he could or should be playing in a deeper position for his club side. I don't think the switch is the same for Arsenal as it is for England as both teams play a different way, not to mention the different types of personnel in both sides. He would certainly need defensive minded players around him. If he and Ramsey were to play together then the Welshman would surely have to go back to the Ramsey of 2012/13 rather than the more adventurous we see today.
It's all rather immaterial anyway because Arsene Wenger has already said that he doesn't see Wilshere's future as the deepest midfield player, although views can always change, I just don't see that happening any time soon.
Hopefully the victory can do us some good. Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all started while Calum Chambers came off the bench but by the same token, the same could be said for Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney.
The weekend game is a tough one to call because you just don't know what to expect from both teams. The international break is a worry, we are often pretty disjointed after the break due to lack of match preparation time. Needless to say I hope that's not the case.
More stuff on the game during the week, and right now my bed is calling.