Over the next few weeks TLDORC will focus on the progress of current and former MCFC players (and managers) at the World Cup in South Africa. This starts with the squad announcements - today Fabio Capello confirmed his preliminary thirty man roster.
And there are four MCFC players: Joe Hart, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson and Gareth Barry. This is good news, and a relief in Barry's case because of the rumours he might be ruled out by that ankle injury. I fear AJ and SWP might be competing for one place, such are the pressures of squeezing 30 into 23, but this is good news and reflects well on the club.
It is a disappointment that Joleon Lescott could not recover from injury in time to make it. And I remember spending most of 2007/08 smug at the prospect of having Micah Richards and Michael Johnson in the South Africa 2010 squad.