There are a number of players who will go to this summer’s World Cup that I would rather see on holiday than in a team who might be challenging for the World Cup title. Among them would have to be Sunderland’s in form striker Darren Bent.
Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch would all have my approval should Fabio be reading this and decide to give me a call. The discussion, between Fabio and I, would solely be regarding the fourth strikers place on the plane to South Africa.
So who could it be? Had he not wimped (sorry that should have been ‘limped)’ then I would be arguing for Michael Owen’s selection. Sadly that is not the case and it leaves a number of strikers with ‘potential’ but very little ‘experience’.
I could not help but laugh at suggestions of Andy Carroll as a possibility. The Championship, as exciting as it may be, is very far off the standard of the World Cup and surely his performances in the Premier League would suggest that he still has a long way to come. Emile Heskey would most defiantly not be on my list. I don’t care how good Wayne Rooney might play with Heskey as his partner, the fact is, as his club form shows, he can do it on his own anyway so why waste a shirt on Villa’s 3rd best striker. Villa’s second best striker Gabby Agbonlahor could be a possibility but he has not managed to replicate his form of last season so is unlikely to be considered. For me, there are two options.
If Capello wishes to go for a small man, a la Defoe, then look no further than Theo Walcott. I genuinely think the Arsenal winger is quicker than any player in the World and he would certainly scare defences with his pace. The other option, if Capello wishes to have another ‘big man’ would be Carlton Cole. The West Ham striker has been linked with Arsenal and, despite suffering an injury that may have ruined his rhythm, is still a top, top player. He would certainly benefit from playing in a better team and with pace, strength, a good finish and two good feet, he would even be my choice to start next to Mr. Rooney.
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