England Struggle – Cabaye Gets 7th Cap

Yohan Cabaye won his 7th cap for France last night as France beat Albania 3-0 in a Euro 2012 qualifier at the Stade de France, and England could only draw 2-2 at Montenegro, after Wayne Rooney was sent off with England leading 2-1.

Wayne Rooney – sent off at Montenegro

Cabaye started the game and played for the first 47 minutes for Les Bleus, before being replaced by Marvin Martin, who could become a Newcastle target next summer.

France are now top of their Group D with 20 points from their 9 games,  and they are one point above Bosnia-Herzegovina with a slightly better goal difference too.

France were comfortably two goals up with goals from Florent Malouda and Loic Remy before Cabaye was replaced on 48 minutes. Anthony Reveillere scored France’s third goal in what was a comfortable win for the side.

Newcastle’s young goalkeeper Tim Krul was an unused substitute as Holland beat Moldova 1-0 in Group E, and surprisingly to us Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm was preferred to Tim in the Netherlands goal.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was Holland’s goal scorer on 40 minutes.

And we saw that England made hard work of it in the 2-2 draw at Montenegro,  and Wayne Rooney managed to get himself sent off in the game and will now miss the first game of the finals next summer.

How many other countries will manage that before next summer?   Not many.

England went into a two goal lead on 31 minutes due to goals from Ashley Young and Darren Bent,  and it was when the score was 2-1, that Rooney was sent off after 74 minutes, for the second time in an England shirt.

It was for a stupid kick at Miodrag Dzudovic in the second half that got the lad sent off, and of course Montenegro then scored a late equalizer in injury time.

And manager Fabio Capello was angry at Rooney and it’s a game England should have won:

“It’s a red card. You can’t defend that. I’m not happy, absolutely. I spoke with him. He made a silly mistake and he said: ‘Yes, sorry.’ More than that, I can’t do.”

“It was not a mistake to play Rooney. He made a silly mistake when he kicked the opponent. And he will now not be able to play the first game in the Euros as he will be suspended.”

“He was not happy because he missed some control and some passes. For this reason, I think he reacted. His reaction was to kick the opponent.”

“He’s a really important player with a lot of experience, and he’s played really important games. But he’s made a silly mistake. I’ve seen players like him do that. You can’t understand why.”

England fans like myself probably shouldn’t get their hopes up too high for next summer, because it seems that in the big games, it’s just too much for many of our top players.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • LewSpi

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I can’t find a link about the specifics of the injury, my friend told me that, I think he said it was on l’equipe. But there are numerous sites saying he’s injured in sone way.

  • niafron

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s here:


    ” The former Lillois (yohan Cabaye) fear a sprain and believe ligaments are damaged”

  • Ollieh51

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve heard the same LewSpi…

    Just as well Gosling is still about and Guthrie is fit eh?

    When’s Vuckic back?

  • niafron

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    If Cabaye is out for the spurs (which is a very bad news), maybe Pard would play Raylor as a midfielder?

  • niafron

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5


    Well M’villa is rated cause he’s a very different kind of number 6 than what we had before. More technical.
    This is the aftermath of Spanish world title…

  • Andy

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    More likely he’d play guthrie i reckon. If he is out it isn’t good news but nothing confirmed yet.

  • magpie6699

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Other blog saying injury may not be that bad

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    hope Gosling plays in place of cabaye if he is injured

  • Toonboy_83

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully he’ll play HBA or Marveux in place. Not Guthrie tho = useless.

  • Andy

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    niafron i just don’t really get why he was being valued ad £20m+. He may play better for rennes but when i have watched him for france he doesn’t seem to do a lot

  • niafron

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11


    YOu’re not the only one… He was impressive whe he made his debut for France, but since his excellent start in last season, he done nothing extraordinary.
    Blanc believe in him however.

  • magpie6699

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    These are the quotes from blog:
    “Then we have the apparent words of the man himself who spoke to French football writer Matt Spiro after the match. This then prompted Spiro to tweet….

    “Had a chat with Cabaye after France game. Doesnt seem to worry about ankle injury. Cant stop saying positive things about Newcastle!”
    Apparently Blanc has not totally written him off from Tuesday’s international – so who knows?

  • niafron

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Playing with two strikers and HBA? Why not… But it’s risky.

  • Ollieh51

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    4 – 5 – 1 vs Spurs, Get Ben Arfa into the game, Tioté, Gosling/Gutrie in the centre behind him.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 8, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    No one knows the extent of the injury yet guys still the rest of the week to find out whats going on, I reckon a week or so out, cause pards likes his players to rest up before coming back from injury.

  • alkinou

    Oct 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #16


    He said it hurted a lot so he didn’t want to take a risk. He’s going to do exams tonight, right now he doesn’t know if it’s a big bruise or a strain/sprain (I don’t understand the difference between the two)

  • Dannyo

    Oct 8, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #17

    A bruise is when someone like kicks u in the leg and u get a bit of a knock. Takes a minute before u can stand on it etc, and u get a nice big mark to show for it.
    A strain means u’ve stretched some muscles in any area a bit too far and u have to let it heal for a longer period before u put too much weight on it.
    A sprain is more or less the same thing, but a sprain usually only happens in a joint.

  • geoff777

    Oct 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #18


    Guthrie always comes in and does a good job.
    His passing is excellent.

    He always gives 100% and you can’t ask more than that.


  • Brutooon

    Oct 8, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #19

    how come Gary Cahill played for England considering the amount of goals he concede for Bolton?

    Saylor for England!

  • ricky90

    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #20

    niafron, how do you compare Moussa Sissoko compared to M’Vila, and also how does France view Marvin Martin v Yoann Gourcuf??


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