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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

England Squad for WC2010

Squad

With squad size limited to 23 players, the ability of a player to play in more than one position is a useful trait that Mr.Capello should aim to take advantage of. Players that can do so, should be given time to show form and fitness before the squad has to be named. It'll give England more chances of winning the World Cup, and if everyone is fit and firing, the chances of getting results in games against Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Italy, Germany, and Holland more likely.

GoalKeepers
D.James
R.Green
B.Foster

Defenders
G.Johnson
R.Ferdinand
J.Terry
A.Cole
W.Brown
M.Upson
P.Jagielka/G.Cahill **

O.Hargreaves/P.Neville/W.Bridge**

Midfielders
S.Gerrard
F.Lampard
G.Barry
A.Lennon
J.Cole/J.Milner**
D.Beckham/S.Wright-Phillips**
M.Carrick

T.Walcott/A.Young**

Forwards
W.Rooney
D.Bent
J.Defoe
E.Heskey/P.Crouch/M.Owen**

** Players on the left should be given the chance to prove their fitness and show some form at their respective clubs, before being chosen to travel to South Africa.

* Wes Brown can play at Rightback or Centreback, and was an integral part of Man United's Champions League and Premiership winning sides of 07/08 playing at right back. Is a more defensive option compared to Johnson, and can handle the likes of Robben, Robinho and Ribery.

* Jagielka in my opinion, is a better, and more experienced defender than Gary Cahill or Joleon Lescott and if fit and playing well for Everton, should be amongst the squad to travel.

* Hargreaves, Joe Cole and Walcott are players that can play in various positions, and can be used in the last half hour to turn or win games. They are creative players, Hargreaves and Cole have great freekicks, and Walcott's speed can change a game.
* Owen Hargreaves should be picked, if fit, to play a defensive cover for Ashley Cole, and can also play as a midfielder in front of the back four. If he's not fit and playing well, second choice would be to pick Phil Neville. Final option would be to pick Bridge as a like for like replacement for Ashley Cole.
* David Beckham needs to prove that he can still contribute at AC Milan, or another European club at the highest level. If he can't perform at that level, SWP is an ideal candidate. If Joe Cole can't get games for Chelsea, Milner's ability on and off the ball are without doubt an adequate replacement.
* Darren Bent is only 8cm shorter than Heskey, but he can still play as a target man, as he proved alongside Defoe at Spurs, and Campbell at Sunderland. He scores more regularly than either Heskey or Crouch, and is good with both feet and his head.
* Walcott should be picked if fit, and if not, Ashley Young should be picked in a similar 'explosive' wing-forward role, esp to play in a counterattacking setup.
* If Rooney, Bent and Defoe are scoring goals regularly, Micheal Owen, if fit, regardless of form, should be on the plane, simply because he can score goals against top opposition, while under pressure, and against the clock. Otherwise, i'd opt for one of the taller guys that can bring a alternative game plan, (good old route 1 long ball football).


Rio Ferdinand
Needs at least a couple of weeks of complete rest, needs to fully recuperate from lower back problems, hamstring and calf strains as soon as possible. Man United will need him come the new year, as the Prem and Champions League hots up, and we challenge for the Domestic Cups. He also needs to off-load his direct involvement in his various media interests, and concentrate on playing football to the best of his ability for as long as he can, without the distractions of producing movies, publishing magazines and unearthing musicians.

Ben Foster
Should seek a 3 month loan deal in january if he doesn't get regular games at United. He undoubtedly has the ability to keep at the very highest level, but his performances behind a defence that is used to using their keeper as a sweeper is not up to scratch, and Vidic, Ferdinand, Evans, O'Shea and Evra are too used to Edwin van Der Sar to change the way United defend. He needs to learn to stay calm under pressure, and learn when to use his hands, and when to use his feet.

Darren Bent vs Emile Heskey
Club Stats
07-08 08-09 09-10

Darren Spurs Spurs Sund.
Bent Aps-Go-As Aps-Go-As Aps-Go-As
34--07--05 45--17--02 08--07--01

Emilie Wigan Wigan/A.V A. Villa
Heskey Aps-Go-As Aps-Go-As Aps-Go-As
30--04--03 36--05--03 05--00--00

Over two season's Bent has scored more goals, and had more assists than Heskey, and so far this season on current form, he'll do so again.


PS: World Cup group draw will be interesting. Ivory Coast, Ghana, Chile, Paraguay,Uruguay, Japan, Sth Korea, USA, Mexico and us Aussies will test all the top teams, the only real easy games are against Costa Rica, Nth Korea, NZ, Algeria, Tunisia and Cameroon. So seedings and the group draws will be paramount to any teams chances of winning the Cup. Even Uefa's 2nd place teams ( Russia, Norway, France, Slovenia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Greece, Ireland and Portugal) aren't slouches, so this World Cup will be quite tight, and the world's best players will need to shine for a team to win.

Kewell and Cahill all the way...please no dodgy refs,

Vishnu Chari
Melbourne Australia

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