A kick in the right direction
Monday 2 September
Romelu Lukaku will spend the season at Everton. It is a move that will disappoint the young Belgian but as Demba Ba stayed and Samuel Eto’o arrived it seems space for the youngster ran out.
Victor Moses has been loaned to Liverpool for the season. Brendan Rodgers paid £1m to secure the loan and has picked up a great prospect.
Christian Atsu officially arrived and then departed on transfer deadline day. Atsu was a Porto winger come striker and cost around £3.5m and immediately took the trip to Vitesse Arnhem. And so did Sam Hutchinson. The right-back who was at Forest last season. He joins the ever expanding Chelsea family in the Eredivisie.
Ulises Davila is returning to the Spanish second division with Cordoba. Last season the Mexican was loaned to Sabadell on the same division.
Thursday 5 September
U21 fixtures saw Steve Holland on the bench for England with Nathanial Chalobah on the pitch in Gareth Southgate’s first stab at management against Moldova. It was a grind but England should have won by more than 1-0. Todd Kane stayed on the bench and awaits his first cap at this level.
The Netherlands fielded Van Ginkel as captain as they demolished Scotland 4-0. Nathan Ake stayed on the bench.
Thorgan Hazard played and scored as Belgium U21 beat Italy 3-1
Down at Under 19 Mitchell Beeney, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker and Ola Alna all got a game as England cruised to a 1-6 victory in Estonia. Lewis scored the last two goals..
Charlie Colkitt will be smiling from ear to ear after signing his first pro contract. Congratulations.
Friday 6 September
England 4:0 Moldova
A routine win saw Frank Lampard’s 99th England cap. Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill also got games.
Belgium, with half a Chelsea side available, rested Hazard with an Achilles prang but still outclassed Scotland 0-2. Kevin De Bruyne strained every muscle to make an impression.
Serbia and Croatia drew 1-1, so Branislav will not be going to Brazil. Meanwhile, Michael Essien played for Ghana along side new boy Christian Atsu as the Black Stars beat Zambia 2-1 to reach the play-offs.
Petr Cech will be taking the most stick on Wednesday as players return from the international break. His Czech side lost 2-1 to Armenia.
Saturday 7 September
Victor Moses scored a penalty and Obi John played the full game as Nigeria beat Malawi to top their group ahead of the play-offs.
Ramires was back for Brazil and scored one and made one in the 6-0 win over Mark Schwarzer’s Australia. David Luiz also played. Oscar was reportedly out with an ankle problem.
Sunday 8 September
Samuel Eto’o announced his international retirement after helping Cameroon to a 1-0 win over Libya that qualifies them for the continent wide play-off for places in Brazil next summer.
Volke Finke, the Indomitable Lions coach, said he needed to have a word because the announcement was only to Samuel’s teammates. It is a messy situation.
Meanwhile, in the Stiliyan Petrov charity match in Glasgow Gabriel Agbonlahor did what most of us have wanted to in recent times by kicking a member of One Direction. Fans of the drippy band were initially confused when reports suggested Agbonlahor had taken out Louis Tomlinson but were reassured when it transpired that the Villa forward had only collided with the teeny singer and not taken him for a candle lit meal.