Apparently Sharf isn't happy with Fernandez's call ups.
I find his comments to be EXTREMELY counter productive ahead of our first 2 matches. He really shouldn't be talking since he did NOTHING with the NT and no coach after him did any better. Pretty hypocritical IMO.
I like the idea of Tamir Cohen in CB. A strong, physical player with good heading. He might surprise us. And if he were to test him in CB, this would be the game to do it. Get him his experience in the easy games and if it works out, we'll finally have a decent partner for Ben-Haim.
Speaking of Ben-Haim, I really don't think he is good enough for the EPL right now. His quality is just not there anymore. It was stupid for him to leave Bolton in the first place and then not join Big Sam in Newcastle. Seems that Sammy got the best out of him and since then, he's been a bench warmer. Even with the NT, I remember so many mistake's he made, especially in that 1-0 loss in Croatia where he completely failed to mark Eduardo that cost us the game.
Maybe Grant will get him back on track at West Ham, but our defense is looking VERY shaky.
Dont take too much from this game if they win big, its Malta and no disrespect to Malta, because I remember them tying Israel back in 2003 and thats when we had Revivo, Nimi, Berkovic, Benayoun, Tal.
Israel - Malta 2-2
Venue*: Atatürk Stadium, Antalya, Turkey
Referee: Eric Blareau (Belgium)
* Israel was not allowed to host the game due to security concern.
Line-up: Shavit Elimeleh - Alon Harazi, Arik Benado, Shimon Gershon, Idan Tal - Walid Badir (Shai Holtzman, 75), Yossi Abuksis, Eyal Berkovich (Omri Afek, 43), Michael Zandberg (Yossi Benayoun, 60), Haim Revivo - Pini Balili
Goals: Haim Revivo (16), Pini Balili (79)
Yellow Cards: Shimon Gershon (80)
Red Cards: -
Coach: Avraham Grant
Line-up: Mario Muscat - Etienne Barbara, William Camenzuli, Jeffrey Chetcuti, Brian Said - Noel Turner, David Carabott, Stefan Giglio (Daniel Theuma, 79), Daniel Bogdanovic (Michael Ganea, 69) - Michael Mifsud, Chucks Nwoko (Adrian Mifsud, 88)
Goals: Michael Mifsud (51 pen), David Carabott (52)
Yellow Cards: Etienne Barbara (2), William Camenzuli (34), David Carabott (90+2)
Red Cards: -
Coach: Siegfried Held (Germany)