Thank you, Bryan Appleyard, for finding something interesting to say about football, which I thought an impossible feat. I followed his link to the Guardian and bring you this lovely juxtaposition of football speak and modern publishing economics:
"Steven Gerrard’s first role as England captain was to act as peacemaker last night to prevent Joey Barton’s introduction creating any divisions in a squad that prides itself on its sense of togetherness. Barton’s inflammatory remarks about the post-World Cup autobiographies have gone down badly among certain players, particularly Frank Lampard, and Gerrard tried to nip it in the bud ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Spain at Old Trafford.
Although Barton was typically unapologetic when he joined the squad for the first time, there were handshakes and conciliatory gestures when Gerrard introduced him to a group of players whom he had previously attacked in interviews. None the less, there is still a sense of resentment lingering beneath the surface about the way Barton criticised the likes of Gerrard, Lampard and Ashley Cole, saying: "England did nothing in that World Cup, so why were they bringing books out? ‘We got beat in the quarter-finals. I played like shit. Here’s my book’." "