Yeah, me too. I wasted an evening watching the England game in case Stockdale came on too. Yeah, I know. I had things I could have been doing too. It was always going to be that way, wasn’t it. I mean, how could he have been expected to play having not been able to consume greasy chicken the night before anyway?

But around the globe, our brave lads were representing their home nations in ever so important friendly matches.

At one point it was black, now playing you’re home friendlies hundreds and thousands of miles away from home is the new rock and roll. Most of our lot were at it. Out living it up in the Algarve for a home game were Norway, featuring both Brede Hangeland and Riise, whose Norway side lost 1-0 to Poland, with Arsenals Wojciech Szczesny putting a solid shift in between the sticks.

Representing Ghana was John Painstil, who resisted the urge to put past his own ‘keeper and no doubt did a lap of the pitch after coming away with a 4-1 win against Togo, played of course in Belgium. Another one at it was Salcido and the rest of his Mexican mates. They played Bosnia out in Atlanta, which I believe is in the Untied States of Americee.

Hungarian captain Zoltan Gera led his side to a 2-0 victory away from home in Azerbaijan, which I believe was actually played in Azerbaijan the spoil sports.

Young keeper Neil Etheridge represented the Philippines and  his clean sheet helped them pick up a 2-0 win against the titans of world football, Mongolia.

While, over in Dublin Scotchland, Wales, Norn Iron and Ireland are all battling it out to see how can win the title of England’s Best Colony in the Nations Cup. On Tuesday Duffers put in a man of the match performance and got on the score sheet as the home side put three past Wales. With another three nil drubbing the following night to a Norn Iron side that featured Bairdy. Although missing usual captain Aaron Hughes the Irish side also featured former Whites Davis and Healey in their ranks. They still lost though.

Touch wood, they should all be back fit and well and raring to put on a show for the Whites in our next competitive game which is on Monday Night against that lot down the road. And. It’s. Live. on Sky Sports.