With Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini finally making the decision to give under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart a place on the bench in favour of City's number two choice, Costel Pantillimon, it raised a particularly interesting question. When is the right time to drop a first-choice keeper if he continues to make errors?
It has been reported that there are fewer English players playing in the Premier League today than ever before. In fact, English footballers account for just 32.26% of all minutes played in the Premier League and it is the lowest home-grown ratio across all major European leagues according to Opta statisticians.
Joe Hart's miscalculation cost his City side dear on Sunday in their defeat to Chelsea, further raising questions about the England number one's decline in form of late. It seems like it has all gone downhill since that dramatic final day when Aguero's strike sealed the Premier League title for Manchester United's noisy neighbours back in 2012.
There is something about the spirit of Manchester that welcomes you right in. I'm not sure if it's the cosy bars, the music-mad locals, the ease in being able to walk everywhere, or the Mancunian accent (I love the accent), but each time I visit something draws me further into the heart of this city and now, I find it difficult to leave.
"Why let the facts get in the way of a good story" was a saying you often used to hear in the newsrooms of our tabloid newspapers. It was usually meant tongue in cheek. But surely this is the case with Roy Hodgson, the England manager, who is being accused of making a racist remark by referring to a monkey during his half time team talk in the game against Poland on Tuesday.
The Rt Hon Cecil Rhodes once claimed that "to be born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life," which is debatable to say the least, much like Jack Wilshere's comments last week when the Arsenal midfielder's declaration that only "English players should play for England" led to him being portrayed as some sort of extremist demanding that we close the country's doors in some quarters...