The one final thing I needed to go right this week has happened and that is of course Matze being in the squad for the England friendly, if he didn’t make the squad then that would have been a huge disappointment. Whether he’ll play or not I have no idea but if he does or not I’ll still get to be in the same stadium as him for 90 minutes or so. I’m so glad he’s there on the list, not least because I was already disappointed even before the squad was announced. Because of course I knew before hand that Manuel Neuer, Jonas Hector, Shkodran Mustafi and Thomas Müller wouldn’t be on there. Unfortunately the only version of Manuel Neuer that will be in England next week is my soft toy of him. What are the odds that four of my favourite players would get injured when Germany are going to England, a real stroke of bad luck. If my ticket hadn’t arrived this morning I was seriously starting to doubt if I’d be going either. I’ve gotten everything perfectly organised for this trip and the one piece that wasn’t yet in place was the one I could do little about. The ticket line was unhelpful to say the least, when you’ve spent that much money, bought non-refundable/changeable train tickets and are leaving the day before the game the last thing you want to hear is “it should be there by the middle of the week.” It doesn’t matter now because I have the ticket but that’s not the point at all. What is the point is I have the ticket, now I have no more excuses left, now I really have to go.