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  • "I can't see Hodson getting a game this season if we stick to our 3-5-2 system as we have too many better players ahead of him!
    I hope Zola sends him out on loan to a league 1 side that are pushing for a top 6 finish and that he'll play regular till the end of the season as he still has something to offer us!
    Yes Yeates has improved but of what I can honestly see Abdi, Hogg, Eustace, Murray, Bauban, Mungi Bai and Vydra are all ahead of him in terms of ability and with Geijo, Deeney, Forestieri and Bottachino that's 11 better players without the defence and goalies to pick from ie Almunia, Bond, Nosworthy, Hoban, Cassetti, Doyley, Neuton, Ekstrand, Smith, Hall... That's 21 players in my eyes that are better than Yeates! Hence why I think he will go eventually!
    Yep nice goal against Leeds but for me he is gready at times and tries to shoot from an impossible angle or make the wrong pass at crucial points of the game!"
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Watford trio set to feature as England Under-21s take on Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road

Picture: Action Images

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Three Watford players will go head-to-head at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road tonight as England Under-21s take on their Northern Irish counterparts in a friendly.

Midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, on-loan from Chelsea, will come up against defensive duo Lee Hodson and Adam Thompson, both of whom have been called-up by Northern Ireland coach Steve Robinson.

Chalobah, 17, has been promoted to the Under-21 squad for thew first time by Stuart Pearce after featuring at every level for England’s youth sides up to this point.

Pearce is using the game as an opportunity to look at some younger players after his side qualified for next summer’s under-21s European Championships next summer in Israel.

Meanwhile, Czech striker Matej Vydra has been called up by the Czech Republic’s senior side once more and will be hoping to win his fourth full cap for Michal Bilek’s side. The Czech Republic face Slovakia in a friendly on Wednesday.

Watford midfielder Cristian Battocchio is hoping he will also be in international action once more after he was called up by Italy Under-20s for their friendly with Switzerland on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Udinese loanee has failed to feature for the Hornets since his solitary substitute appearance in the 5-1 defeat at Derby County in September.

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