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Nicky Weaver For England

Nicky Weaver For England

As we approach the next round of boring and meaningless European qualifiers, I think it's that football powerhouse, Macedonia this weekend, it's high time England was represented by at least one City player.

Now after Saturday's exploits at Goodison Park, I suspect that Joey Barton's feint chances of a midfield spot have receded into the distance, but it's time that our Nicky Weaver's performances were recognised and rewarded.

Quite simply, Weaver has been a revelation this season and has made the most of his opportunity back in the first team for almost five years.

Let's face it, gone are the glory days of old when the top six English 'keepers were also the top six 'keepers in the world. Nowadays, international class English 'keepers are a rare breed thanks mainly to the influx of foreign players.

Although Robinson has the number one shirt at the moment, he didn't look convincing recently at the World Cup. The best of the rest are no more than average; leave aside City old boy David James, whose international career is now, rightly or wrongly over, there are not very many other good options.

Kirkland is injury prone, Green hasn't really proved himself at the highest level yet, ditto for Scott Carson and Ben Foster is no more than a good young prospect at this stage of his career.

Before Weaver was injured, he was the England No 1 'keeper in waiting. Many of us thought he'd never be the same player after all those years in rehab, but the doubters have been proved wrong this season; he has without question been awesome since his unexpected return into City's 1st team.

Still only 27, Weaver has yet to reach his prime years. If Jonathan Woodgate can be told he'll soon be back in the England fold after a handful of games for 'Boro, then the same should apply to Weaver. On current form, Nicky is probably the top 'keeper in the Premiership at the moment, so come on Steve McClaren, let's have him back in the squad and give him his chance; after five years of hell, he's earned it!


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Date:Tuesday October 3 2006
Time: 9:56PM

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This says more about the current state of quality English goalie's than it does about Weaver. His reaction time and general positioning has been good - much like his predecessor. His command of the penalty box though is terrible. We've lost 3 games this season because he didn't deal with dead-balls sent right to the edge of the 6-yard box. It would be great to see Weaver emerge as the star we once thought he would be, but neither City nor Nicky can afford the mistakes he continues to make. He won't be playing for England anytime soon, more than likely he'll be on the bench watching Isaksson in the net.
MJ
04/10/2006 00:27:00
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Disagree entirely MJ... Nicky may have been at fault for a couple of goals, but his form overall has been outstanding. It's the team that have lost the games, not Weaver. Isaksson will really have to fight for his place to dislodge Weaver. You are right though about the overall state of affairs on English 'keepers - there is an overall lack of quality and depth, but Weaver is as good, if not better than the other contenders
bluetone
04/10/2006 06:52:00
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its nice to see over a third of prem teams now have an english keeper as current first choice. Im sure weaver will improve over the next few months of regular first team football
oxfordspur
04/10/2006 07:58:00
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I was constantly calling for his inclusion during the second half of last season, had this happened we might have been in Europe instead of fighting off relegation.
alphieblues
04/10/2006 09:31:00
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Can't see it happening, but I'd laugh if Weeves got in the England squad in front of Jamo. I'd love it, just love it!
Ghost of 76
04/10/2006 10:20:00
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The problem is that we only have one goalkeeper of international class. Weaver is as good as anybody else around, but I would worry with him between the sticks.
DMG
07/10/2006 16:03:00
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