Re: International Matches Discussion Thread
For England squadHart
GK: Hart, Ruddy & who the fuck cares... Stockdale.
DEF: Richards, Smalling, Lescott, Ferdinand, Jones, Cole, Baines.
MID: Wilshere, Carrick, Gerrard, Walcott, Britton, AOC, Young, Parker.
FWD: Rooney, Bent, Defoe, Sturridge.
Richards - Lescott - Ferdinand - Cole
Wilshere - Britton
Walcott - Rooney - Sturridge.
GK and defence picks itself IMO. Smalling over Walker because he can play RB/CB. Obviously in reality Parker will start, but I'd much rather play someone who is a much better passer, like Carrick or Britton alongside Wilshere. Carrick and Lescott have had a lot of flak over the years, but they've both been outstanding this year, and it is slightly embarassing that Carrick won't travel. That is a bit of a pipe dream though as the rest of the team give the ball away so much we'd have to have a tough tackler, but that pretty much sums up England and how far we are away from the top teams. It is looking increasingly unlikely that Wilshere will travel though, he has to play this month. The front three is fairly depressing apart from Rooney. I've never been a big fan of Johnson (who will barely be match fit) or Young so it has to be Walcott, who is usually devastating against continental opposition, him linking up with Richards would be immense, he is as close as it comes to Sagna in terms of English players. Sturridge is selfish and lazy, but he has more dynamism than others would provide. If Chamberlain had a bit more match time, he'd start, he already looks like a far more complete player than the other options. Young going because he can play CAM or wing, and has been good for England of late.
Nearly made the cut:
Milner - would be a good pick because of central midfield and on flank options. Would have been an easy pick if Mancini hadn't have fucked him about.
Scholes - extremely good for United, and another one who could partner Wilshere.
Walker - good for spurs this year, but when Smalling is pretty good there, it's barely worth taking him when we can have Baines as a back up to Cole for LB to use the spot.
Crouch - great option to have, but I'm sceptical as to how he'd fit in the team.
Jags - great CB, but not as good as Lescott this year.
Last edited by D'Angelo; 04-09-2012 at 05:24 PM.