^ typo, *we lost a goal
Well he's going after the Euro's, even if we win it.
I personally feel the whole squad needs a cleanout, even more so after the Euro's. Players that are old or haven't done it for England should be brushed aside and we should go forward with the players you mentioned for the next World Cup. For me, Walcott really has a lot to prove for England. I don't trust him to perform against top class right/left backs.
He's to inconsistent to be a dead starter, but he makes a useful weapon as an impact player late in the game. All I hope is that in his last couple of months in charge, Capello sets a foundation like Klinsmann did to build upon. I wouldn't even be opposed to a promotion from within as Pearce should be well acquainted with all the youngsters coming through
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham).
Defenders: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).
Forwards: Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).
I know most of those are gone or injured, but I would cast aside everyone in that squad apart from Hart, Cole, Ferdinand, Gerrard, Lampard, Milner and Rooney. Euro's is the end for Ferdinand, Gerrard and Lampard, who is a bench player already.
That makes sense. I'd be tempted to even get rid of one of the three before the Euro's.
Clearout wont ever happen. You everyone knows England need change but you dare single out a player to drop and the backlash for it is unreal.
We should follow the lead of other nations scrap the older players and build a side to an actual aim.
France way back when built a football academy with the sole intention of building towards winning the world cup in 1998. What happened they won it and followed up with the Euro's.
Spain enginered a side starting back in euro 1996 with a philosophy of trying to keep the ball down and just play passing football they breed it right down to the under 17's squad. Result - World Cup Champions, European champions and looking like the best national side possibly ever.
England have no such focus. We're too obsessed as a nation with the big name players. We never focus on anything other than the next game and this complete lack of planning from our F.A is why we will never succeed.
Southgate being in charge of youth development sums it up tbh.