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The Dean Holdsworth column: Back in time for England v France

I got back from my holiday in Italy last week. It was fantastic, although like I said last week, you do take your office and your ipad with you and you’re constantly working but it’s nice to do it in the sunshine.

I watched England play Belgium when I got back, and I have to say, we’re on a disastrous run of injuries.

I’m never comfortable about friendlies before such big tournaments and I think there’s an element of creating your own bad luck and sometimes these things happen when you can avoid them.

Maybe an in-house behind-closed-doors game can sometimes be a safer option.

It’s a shame and Gary Cahill will be devastated that he’s not in the squad.

It’s not just about Gary Cahill either, I think it’s more to do with the numbers and the quality players we’ve got available, we’re going to have to have a lot of luck now and we haven’t had much of that so far.

Hodgson’s choice

I think that the only person who can justify the decision to leave out Rio, and results will dictate that, is Roy Hodgson.

He’s got his reasons, he’s got to stick to what he thinks is right and we will find out over the tournament.

I think it will be very difficult for Rio to get himself back in the running for an international spot. But he’s a professional man and he will need to act in a professional way.

Goal-line technology

It wasn’t just an important night for England in terms of their preparation for Euro 2012, but also for football in general, as we saw the first glimpses of goal-line technology.

It’s safe to say that I share the opinion of my fellow professionals that this is a good move for the game.

The Referee’s Association must be rubbing their hands because it will help them immensely. Poor decisions have cost a lot of people a lot of money and a lot of contracts over the years.

Cardiff change is business decision

You can say that Cardiff’s change from blue to red is based on appeal and good luck in certain countries, but for me it’s a business decision. I’m not sure what the fans will think of it. I think they will be very confused.

Personally I’m a big fan of white kits and the first thing I did when I went to Aldershot I said to the chairman ‘I want a white away kit’.

The chairman looked at me and said ‘If that’s all you want then you’re going to be an easy manager to work with’ as most managers go on about money.

I’ve always thought it brought luck though. We were on a fantastic cup run and wore the away kit for the home games and we got Man United. So I am a little supersiticious to say the least.

But it is a strange one to change the badge and the identity of a football club. I’ve never heard of it before.

New app

We had some more great feedback about The Master Tactician app from the people at Derby, and we’re currently developing a new app. There’s a lot more stuff regarding kit colours and many other features. 

Dean Holdsworth is the co-developer of The Master Tactician app, which is used by many coaches at every level of the game. It is available to download now at

By Tom Coleman 

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