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Tom Ince to decide future after the Under-21 Championships

After paper talk yesterday regarding Tom Ince and a possible move to Cardiff, the midfielder was interviewed by the national press as part of the build up to tonight’s England under-21s game against Norway. Ince, who missed out on the first game due to a one match suspension reiterated that no decisions would be made until the tournament was over.

“I have had a big two years of football that’s brought me to where I am now – it’s got me a place in the Under-21 team, it’s got the media talking about me, which is flattering. But it’s about making the right move at the right time. There’s no point in going somewhere and stopping your development. I’m going to sit down after the Euros – touch wood we will get to the final and even win the thing – and club football will be what I speak to dad about. If I stay at Blackpool, then great. But if it’s time to move on, I’ll move on.

It’s clear to me that he’ll only move to a club where he can play games. Liverpool are said to be interested, but would he be able to play on a regular basis? If not, I don’t think he’ll move. However if Swansea, Fulham or Newcastle make an offer it could be a move he’ll take. If that move isn’t on now he’ll wait to January.

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Ince should hopefully start in tonight’s game which kicks off at 5pm and is on Sky Sports 2.

Meanwhile in the Championship, Reading picked up Wayne Bridge from Manchester City. Daryl Murphy joined Ipswich, who’ve already signed Jay Tabb and David McGoldrick.

The BBC published a nice list of all the players released from Premier League Clubs, some of them will have been snapped up already, some may retire.

Chelsea: Amin Affane, Yossi Benayoun, Abdul Deen-Conteh, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, Florent Malouda, Archange Nkumu, Ross Turnbull

Everton: Johan Hammar, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sam Kelly, Jan Mucha, Phil Neville

Fulham: Chris Baird, Simon Davies, Mahamadou Diarra, Thomas Donegan, Corey Gameiro, Georgios Karagkounis, James Musa, Richard Peniket, Mladen Petric, Mark Schwarzer, Alex Smith, Csaba Somogyi

Liverpool: Tyrell Belford, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Stephens, Dan Wilson

Manchester City: Wayne Bridge, Filippo Mancini, Ryan McGivern, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Toure

Manchester United: Reece Brown, John Cofie, Michele Fornasier, Luke Giverin, Luke Hendrie, Luke McCullough, Paul Scholes, Gyliano Van Velzen, Freddie Veseli

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Yven Moyo, Danny Simpson

Reading: Nick Bignall, Simon Church, Ian Harte, Noel Hunt, Charlie Losasso, Angus MacDonald, Alex Pearce, Nicky Shorey, Jay Tabb, Joshua Webb, Brett Williams

Swansea: Mark Gower

Tottenham Hotspur: Jack Barthram, David Bentley, John Bostock, William Gallas, Jack Munns, Jake Nicholson

West Bromwich Albion: Marc-Antoine Fortune, Zoltan Gera, Gonzalo Jara, Romaine Sawyers, Jerome Thomas

West Ham: Cole Carlton, Jake Larkins, Gary O’Neil, Jack Powell, Jami Rafati, Eoin Wearen.

Wigan: Peter Aylmer, Albert Crusat, Franco Di Santo, David Jones, Adrian Lopez, Jonathan Lynch, Callum Morris, Filip Orsula, Ronnie Stam, Joshua Sumner, Ryan Watson.

From that long list I’ve picked my best 11. Bit of a mixed bunch really!

  1. GK Steve Harper
  2. LB Ian Harte
  3. RF Danny Simpson
  4. CB Kolo Toure
  5. CB Chris Baird
  6. LW Zoltan Gera
  7. CM Gary O’Neil
  8. CM Yossi Benayoun
  9. RW Florent Malouda
  10. FW Cole Carlton
  11. FW Roque Santa Cruz

20 Years of the Premier League 1992-2012 – Competition

Just in case you forgot, we were part of the Premier League, it may have only been for a season but our brief time in the league was pretty exciting. I doubt that any team made as much of an impact in one season in the top flight.

This year marks 20 years of the Premier League and to celebrate a magazine has been produced listing all 45 clubs to appear in the league and the highlights of each season.

There’s also facts and figures including; the top 10 memorable moments, top 10 tweets, where the league winners are now, an A-Z on everything you need to know and a chunky stat zone.

There’s also an all-time premier league table with 45 teams, placed us above Burnley and we come in at place 42.

The mag is on sale from the 19th July at a price of £5.99, however if you buy it from www.magbooks.com/mag-books/lifestyle/20-yea… you can get it for a discounted price of £5.22.

However, even better I have 3 copies of the magazine to give away for free. All you need to do is email magbookcomp@dennis.co.uk with the subject “BFC Blog Comp”.

All entries need to be submitted by the end of August. The three winners will be picked at random from all the entries and an email will be sent to the winners to ask for a delivery address.

Good luck!