For most, the prospect of international football providing a timely distraction when the worldÃ¢ÂÂs disapproving gaze is negatively focused upon your behaviour would be, at the very least, a stroke of good fortune.
ESPN's man with the mic Jon Champion looks ahead to the weekend's Premier League action. Watch ESPNÃ¢ÂÂs live and exclusive coverage of Bolton versus Manchester United live on ESPN from 4:45pm on Saturday
Craig Bellamy's return to Anfield seems like a good deal for all concerned Ã¢ÂÂ Man City get rid of a player they don't want, Liverpool get a potential game-changer and the Welshman himself gets the chance to show off his improved golf swing.
SpainÃ¢ÂÂs unsurprising 6-0 win over Liechtenstein on Tuesday night sealed a wrinkle-free qualification through to the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and the Ukraine. And that got LLLÃ¢ÂÂs noggin a-bogglin'.
Last night's epic Johnstone's Paint Trophy East End shoot aaaaaaht between Leyton Orient and Dagenham & Redbridge, in which 28 penalties were taken including one each from the two keepers, reminded us of this...