Re: International Matches Discussion Thread
Richards - Ferdinand - Terry - Cole
Gerrard - Wilshere
Sturridge - Rooney - Young
This is what I'd like to see depending on a few things:
1 - Ferdinand obviously must be fit. If he is, he will see more game time alongside Vidic than Smalling and Jones (who I would have on the bench)
2 - Hopefully by June, Gerrard will be back to his best. But he's nort getting any younger so let's see.
3 - Hopefully Wilshere will return ariubd Feburary/early March and find his best form quickly. He's crucial, imo.
4 - For Sturridge to get this place, he's going to have to learn and adapt throughout this season. This is his position at Chelsea right now and sometimes he looks great, other times he look meh. That isn't a problem right now due to age. Hopefully by June he will be a constant threat out there.
That's without a doubt the shape we've got to go with. Hopefully Gerrard will be fit but even if he's not, Lampard or Cleverley will be in form to step in. Wilshere is the big worry though as I think he's already the key one in that midfield trio. Without him we'll look very ordinary.
There's no doubt Ferdinand's class but his best days are gone. Saying that we did miss him at the World Cup but having Jones & Smalling ready to fill in it won't be an issue. Rio's had so much difficulty staying fit and getting match fitness going in to a major competition is so important.