Watford trio set to feature as England Under-21s take on Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road

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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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11:38am Tue 13 Nov 12

Hopemole says...

Wish we could have a proper Look at Battochio. He's clearly highly regarded.
Wish we could have a proper Look at Battochio. He's clearly highly regarded. Hopemole
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11:49am Tue 13 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

He's our secret weapon, he'll give us another dimension when he's finally unleashed!
He's our secret weapon, he'll give us another dimension when he's finally unleashed! Travelling Hornet
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3:42pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Watford Willie says...

GZ is very keen of a British core to his team and seems fairly content with the match day 20. I am certain anyone pulling up trees in training will get the nod. What a Luxury, we haven't had for years.
GZ is very keen of a British core to his team and seems fairly content with the match day 20. I am certain anyone pulling up trees in training will get the nod. What a Luxury, we haven't had for years. Watford Willie
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3:42pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Watford Willie says...

GZ is very keen of a British core to his team and seems fairly content with the match day 20. I am certain anyone pulling up trees in training will get the nod. What a Luxury, we haven't had for years.
GZ is very keen of a British core to his team and seems fairly content with the match day 20. I am certain anyone pulling up trees in training will get the nod. What a Luxury, we haven't had for years. Watford Willie
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5:27pm Tue 13 Nov 12

D.unstable says...

Hopemole wrote:
Wish we could have a proper Look at Battochio. He's clearly highly regarded.
From a distance he looks very similar to FF in height and build. I therefore believe it is very similar situation as to when we sold Luther to AC Milan and they thought they were getting John Barnes. We are holding him in reserve to pass on at an inflated fee instead of letting our new found gem ever leave.
[quote][p][bold]Hopemole[/bold] wrote: Wish we could have a proper Look at Battochio. He's clearly highly regarded.[/p][/quote]From a distance he looks very similar to FF in height and build. I therefore believe it is very similar situation as to when we sold Luther to AC Milan and they thought they were getting John Barnes. We are holding him in reserve to pass on at an inflated fee instead of letting our new found gem ever leave. D.unstable
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5:54pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Poppet Bear says...

I expect we'll see him before long. He's only a baby.....plenty of time for him to develop.
I expect we'll see him before long. He's only a baby.....plenty of time for him to develop. Poppet Bear
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6:39pm Tue 13 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Yeah I hope to see Battochino soon, I think in the next few weeks we may see more of him!
With Eustace, Bauban, Battochino and Mugi Bai all yet to really feature this season come the new year our Midfield looks solid with class and options.
Also with Neauton and Nosworthy to come back our Defence looks good too!
Maybe in January we may see Franchone, Belkeck and Anya return to there clubs and Uwelumo, Yeates sold along with some of the already loaned players!
Yeah I hope to see Battochino soon, I think in the next few weeks we may see more of him! With Eustace, Bauban, Battochino and Mugi Bai all yet to really feature this season come the new year our Midfield looks solid with class and options. Also with Neauton and Nosworthy to come back our Defence looks good too! Maybe in January we may see Franchone, Belkeck and Anya return to there clubs and Uwelumo, Yeates sold along with some of the already loaned players! DuffmanWFC
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7:08pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Hopemole says...

Yes it's great to have all this quality choice as long it is used wisely to create a team which can be even greater than the sum of its parts as Sean Dyche showed us.We have the potential to be amazing if this happens. Still looking for someone to naturally hold the ball up front and lay it off a la Ross Jenkins. We have so much in reserve too. Thought Fanchone was decent against Blackburn. I do wish our fans would re evaluate our old players in the light of Zola's new style. Yeats has been so much better since he arrived and growing in confidence as his superb goal against Leeds showed. The future on all fronts looks as good as I can remember it and I remember the first GT era very well. GT had strong views on how a club should conduct itself and I was amazed and gladdened to see Udinese has an ethics policy published on their website. I think our club's ethos should suit the Pozzos. Never seen anything like that before.I only hope Zola realises John Eustaces's quality. he was majestic against Tottenham last year and even Harry said he ran the show. Yet Gianfranco couldn't even remember his name at the fans forum- a tad worrying!
Yes it's great to have all this quality choice as long it is used wisely to create a team which can be even greater than the sum of its parts as Sean Dyche showed us.We have the potential to be amazing if this happens. Still looking for someone to naturally hold the ball up front and lay it off a la Ross Jenkins. We have so much in reserve too. Thought Fanchone was decent against Blackburn. I do wish our fans would re evaluate our old players in the light of Zola's new style. Yeats has been so much better since he arrived and growing in confidence as his superb goal against Leeds showed. The future on all fronts looks as good as I can remember it and I remember the first GT era very well. GT had strong views on how a club should conduct itself and I was amazed and gladdened to see Udinese has an ethics policy published on their website. I think our club's ethos should suit the Pozzos. Never seen anything like that before.I only hope Zola realises John Eustaces's quality. he was majestic against Tottenham last year and even Harry said he ran the show. Yet Gianfranco couldn't even remember his name at the fans forum- a tad worrying! Hopemole
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7:17pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Alexander Hilcroft says...

Will Hodson ever turn out for the Golden Boys again? I suspect he may be surplus to requirements now.
Will Hodson ever turn out for the Golden Boys again? I suspect he may be surplus to requirements now. Alexander Hilcroft
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11:05pm Tue 13 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

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!
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! DuffmanWFC
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9:15am Wed 14 Nov 12

Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga says...

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!!!
[quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] 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![/p][/quote]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!!! Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga
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10:20am Wed 14 Nov 12

londomollari says...

Having just spent some time changing work shifts to see the Wolves match (before the Leeds result), my heart sank after the big win---Don't get me wrong, I was delighted at the result---. But having made all the effort, after that result, I know that the Wolves match will be dour, and any win will have to be ground out. Go back in the past to any big wins, and you'll find that, almost always, the following match is dour. It's because the opposing managers, with the previous result in mind, bolster their defence, or pack midfield, to an extent greater than they normally would. Unless, of course, the manager has the tactical ability of a mollusc.
I really, really hope I am proved wrong
Having just spent some time changing work shifts to see the Wolves match (before the Leeds result), my heart sank after the big win---Don't get me wrong, I was delighted at the result---. But having made all the effort, after that result, I know that the Wolves match will be dour, and any win will have to be ground out. Go back in the past to any big wins, and you'll find that, almost always, the following match is dour. It's because the opposing managers, with the previous result in mind, bolster their defence, or pack midfield, to an extent greater than they normally would. Unless, of course, the manager has the tactical ability of a mollusc. I really, really hope I am proved wrong londomollari
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3:45pm Wed 14 Nov 12

KeithMercer says...

Letsalldothecongafor
brittassombalonga
wrote:
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!!!
One swallow Dont make a summer !!
make me a "Hillbilly".
Yeates aint up to it !
there you go, thats my opinion !
[quote][p][bold]Letsalldothecongafor brittassombalonga[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] 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![/p][/quote]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!!![/p][/quote]One swallow Dont make a summer !! make me a "Hillbilly". Yeates aint up to it ! there you go, thats my opinion ! KeithMercer
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5:12pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Hopemole says...

Thanks. "Itsalldoetc". It's good to hear some positive and open minded comments. The foul mouthed negative hillbillies get up my nose.. As a Head I had the privilege of helping to lead the turning round of two failed secondary schools. It took teamwork and the setting of high standards-then we encouraged, encouraged and coached people to attain them. Negative criticism was never effective. I've never forgotten the season when Boothroyd brought the Team down from the Premier in 2007-8 and after a magical first two and a half months we were leading the division easily. Then came the match with West Brom at home. We were one down at half time and a significant number of Hillbillies were booing and getting on the backs of the team., Not surprisingly we got hammered and morale nosedived. We won 8 of the next 34 matches! It's our job to get behind the team and the management and we need to generate more positive noise all over the ground. At our little club we have no divine right to success as some so called fans seem to think. We, like the team and management, need to earn our success. So let's get on with playing our part. It sounds like we have new owners who will listen and care. It feels like a GT moment so let's get behind ALL the players and play our part too!
Thanks. "Itsalldoetc". It's good to hear some positive and open minded comments. The foul mouthed negative hillbillies get up my nose.. As a Head I had the privilege of helping to lead the turning round of two failed secondary schools. It took teamwork and the setting of high standards-then we encouraged, encouraged and coached people to attain them. Negative criticism was never effective. I've never forgotten the season when Boothroyd brought the Team down from the Premier in 2007-8 and after a magical first two and a half months we were leading the division easily. Then came the match with West Brom at home. We were one down at half time and a significant number of Hillbillies were booing and getting on the backs of the team., Not surprisingly we got hammered and morale nosedived. We won 8 of the next 34 matches! It's our job to get behind the team and the management and we need to generate more positive noise all over the ground. At our little club we have no divine right to success as some so called fans seem to think. We, like the team and management, need to earn our success. So let's get on with playing our part. It sounds like we have new owners who will listen and care. It feels like a GT moment so let's get behind ALL the players and play our part too! Hopemole
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