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Reply to Jordan Taylor, how can you even compare Lampard and Gerrard at the moment. Lampard scored four against the best defensive back four in the country, assisted to a great number of goals and scored a bomb again for Chelsea. As for Gerrard well his ambition to get the premier league title, champs league and world cup is hanging by a knife edge. England have a good enough team to win in South Africa but selecting Gerrard may provide more technique, but in terms of confidence and ambition he may be lacking. And in terms of strikers they should take the most in form and that would be Crouch, Defoe, Rooney and Bent.
Posted 08:42 2nd April 2010
I dont understand always before a big tournament we look at all the negatives in relation to the England, of course its just a discussion point but lets focus on the positives. Rooney has not fractured his foot so will be fit for the world cup(thank god),Gerrard is starting to improve his so called 80% performance rate, Lampard is playing great football for chelsea. In my eyes the team should be as follows - Hart/James - Cole-Terry-Ferdinand-Johnson-Barry-Gerrard-Lampard-Walcott-Rooney-Defoe. This for me is our best team and if capello wants to use defoe as super sub then play wright phillips on the left or joe cole, still a class player no matter what. Anyway lets be postive and focus on the first XI staying fit for the word cup and through the world cup so all of the above is irrelevant.
Posted 14:01 1st April 2010
----Crouch-Rooney----- Young-Gerrard-Milner ---------Carrick----------- Cole-Terry-Ferdinand-Johnson This should be the formation used I think. Lampard is no where near good enough any more. Young + Milner play amazingly well at Villa together. And Rooney + Gerrard's link ups are truely gob-smacking. Carrick is the only man I could think capable of filling that spot and Crouch is showing how it's done. Back 4 are obvious choices, all though I despise Ferdinand and think he is terrible, he has just been promoted to Captain, so he is a certainty :(
Posted 10:51 4th March 2010
I think Rooney has got to go up front as a lone striker with Gerrard just behind (I wouldnt even put Heskey on the plane, as he is just awful) and an attack minded winger (Lennon, Milner, J.Cole, Ashley Young, Walcott, Beckham etc) on either side. I would then put Lampard in the middle to do as he pleases alongside a more defensive Scot Parker, who I think has been the best out and out English defensive midfielder this term. I think that without a doubt we should be most worried about our defense which is becoming increasingly creaky (please give Upson a game against Egypt) and appointing Rio as Captain could be the biggest mistake of all as his attitude and fitness are a constant worry for all.
Posted 12:57 3rd March 2010
Gerrard is the ideal captain for England i believe, and how come no one is talking about inclusion of Shaun wright on the right wing , Scot parker a combative midfielder,that the current squad misses, height advantage in crouch for crosses and set pieces and have faith in talent which rules above all- Joe Cole ,Luke young,Aaron Lennon , Carlton Cole and Reo cocker
Posted 12:54 3rd March 2010
I dont understand why he wont call up Dawson he has come along this season and now he leads the Spurs. He is a no nonesene cenre half which is perfect. I hate it when Rio starts dribbling the ball and then looses it and is out of position. King is worth a call up cos when he is on the pitch he is probably better then Rio. He cant play everygame so use him when u need him.. He can play the Holding role if needed. Is everyone forgetting about another England Striker in Great form... Defoe. Capello has to try 442 to see if they can play together as they are banging the goals in for there clubs.
Posted 11:19 3rd March 2010
Joe Hart being thrown into a semi final??? Maybe Joe Hart sitting on the bench watching England lose in the quarters because of all the problems highlighted in this article!
Posted 10:33 3rd March 2010
I can't see how Heskey is still considered to be an England starter when he can not even hold down a place in the Aston Villa side. There should be no doubt that Wayne Rooney is good enough to play as the lone front man. Then when you think he'll be supported by Gerrard and Lampard, argueably the two finest scoring midfielders in the world. I fancy us to do well in South Africa.
Posted 16:19 2nd March 2010
Where to play Rooney ? any where as long as you play him! Why not left back ! .The form he`s in.
Posted 14:25 2nd March 2010
I am a massive fan of Gerrard. He is without doubt the best player england has to offer.
Posted 09:31 2nd March 2010
Rooney up front with Gerrard in a free role just behind him as he does behind Torres at Liverpool. Capello has beg to get Carragher back. He can play centre back and right back if needed and is now back in form at Liverpool.
Posted 08:25 2nd March 2010
why dont you play scot parker as a defensive midfilder
Posted 07:28 2nd March 2010
Oh please ! Gerrard's 80% is still better than most of the other english players' 100%. Capello chose Ferdinand as captain but when last has he played? He has hardly featured for Man U or England for a while now but gets the armband???? so much for capello saying he only wants players who are fit and/or play the full 90 min in every league game... what a joke...
Posted 06:38 2nd March 2010
Heres a good plan, lets focus on everything thats wrong with the england team and its preparation for the world cup! I think it will work wonders for their chances! On a separate note i gave up sarcasm as a new years resolution :|
Posted 01:57 2nd March 2010
"If there's one glaring weakness in the England squad then its the regular inclusion of Joleon Lescott and Matthew Upson. In the circumstances, perhaps Capello ought to give Ledley King another look" Michael Dawson
Posted 17:33 1st March 2010