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    DuffmanWFC wrote:
    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!
    Duffman I disagree. I echo what Hopemole says about Yeates, he has improved a great deal under Zola and playing in a more central role. The abuse of Yeates is a typical example of band-waggon jumping and there are a lot of Hillbillies on this site. I will admit that his decision making is suspect at times however he is a goal creator.
    Those who are unable to see his improvement are blinkered. Dont get me wrong, he is no world beater and not a definite starter but he does offer us something. Personally I would put him over Buaben (out for a long time) and Muganji Bia (totally unproven) Yeates and Abdi are our best players with a dead ball as Mark showed again with a superb free kick against Leeds.
    Im all for ppl having an opinion but make it your own and be flexible with it! On a more positive note I think we are really on the up and up now. Zola is getting used to Championship football as are the Udine lads. If I were Wolves I would be very afraid, they will have to be at their best to get anything from us.
    Could someone please give a run through of the state of our loanees? Are Jenko and Dale back with us? Has SLB actually left? And finally when is Di Natale's debut for the golden boys going to be?
    Elton John's Taylor Made Army!!!"
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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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