England World Cup winger SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS (8) of Manchester City is flanked by Wales international defender GARETH BALE (3) and Croatia international midfielder LUCA MODRIC (14) of Tottenham Hotspur in the 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane in London. (Phil Cole/Getty Images Europe)
The English Premier League’s opening day match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane provided further clues as to who will be named to the 25-man roster of MANCHESTER CITY by Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI.
The starting XI and bench players for Manchester City in London :
Goal — Joe HART
Defense — Aleksandar KOLAROV, Kolo TOURE, Vincent KOMPANY, Micah RICHARDS
Midfield — David SILVA, Gareth BARRY, Yaya TOURE, Nigel DE JONG, Shaun WRIGHT-PHILLIPS
Attack — Carlos TEVEZ
Bench — Shay GIVEN (gk), Joleon LESCOTT (df), Pablo ZABALETA (df), Adam JOHNSON (mf), Patrick VIEIRA (mf), Emmanuel ADEBAYOR (fw), JO (fw)
One surprise inclusion on the bench of Man City for opening day, at least in the mind of this blogger, was that of the 23-year-old Brazilian striker JO, who spent last season out on loan at both FC Everton (15 league games, 0 goals) and SK Galatasaray Istanbul (13 lge ga, 3 go) in Turkey.
OUT OF UNIFORM, IN THE STANDS
For Manchester City openng day at Tottenham Hotspur
Goal — David GONZALEZ (Columbia int’l), Stuart TAYLOR
Defense — Wayne BRIDGE (England int’l), Jerome BOATENG (21 – Germany int’l), Nedum ONUOHA, Shaleum LOGAN, Greg CUNNINGHAM (19 – Ireland int’l), Javan VIDAL (21), Dedryck BOYATA (19)
Midfield — Stephen IRELAND (Ireland int’l), Michael JOHNSON, Kelvin ETUHU, Vladimir WEISS (20 – Slovakia int’l), Abdisalam IBRAHIM (19)
Attack — Mario BALOTELLI (Italy int’l), Craig BELLAMY (Wales int’l), ROBINHO (Brazil int’l), Roque SANTA CRUZ (Paraguay int’l), Felipe CAICEDO (21 – Ecuador int’l), Alex NIMELY (19)
Eighteen players not dressed, one more than are in uniform, then for Manchester City to kick off the 2010-11 English Premier League season in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Players under the age of 21 as of January 1, 2010, will not count towards the 25 places that constitute the Premier League’s roster limit taking effect at the start of September, still, there exists a surplus for the Eastlands club at the moment.