Roy Hodgson named his first England squad this today and I think we are all prepared for the same 23 names we always see on an England squad list. It’s out of Hodgson’s hands really as the English media and the FA big wigs won’t settle for certain ‘big names’ from England’s “golden generation” (HAHA) not being included.
If I were England manager for Euro 2012 I’d like to pick some unproven and younger players with a mix of experience for a tournament no level headed England fan is expecting us to win. With the way the recent tournaments have gone, just getting out of the group stage would be an achievement so why not give some players a taste of an international competition and take a risk with some youngsters?
Honestly, could it get any worse than the 2010 World Cup? That is why if I were England manager I would pick to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation…
1 – Joe Hart – Easily the best English goalkeeper.
2 – John Ruddy – Enjoyed a great season for Norwich and would relish the chance.
3 – Frank Fielding – Been consistent for England U-21’s.
4 – Kyle Walker – Enjoyed a great season for Spurs and a great attacking option in tight games.
5 – Micah Richards – Would be my starting RB. Sound defensively and a very powerful attacker.
6 – John Terry – Not everyone’s favourite guy but without doubt the best English centre back and a true English player.
7 – Gary Cahill – Enjoyed many great season’s at Bolton and has struck up a fantastic partnership with John Terry. They would be my starters.
8 – Joleon Lescott – Won the Premier League and will be on a tremendous high.
9 – Rio Ferdinand – Personally I feel he is over-rated but there aren’t many other options.
10 – Ashley Cole – You can’t not take the best LB in the world.
11 – Leighton Baines – Mr.Consistent for many seasons now.
12 – Theo Walcott – Had his best season for a long time and his pace is a constant threat.
13 – Nathan Dyer – Has pace like Walcott and provides great width.
14 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Could offer something different and would be an unknown to the other nations.
15 – James Milner – A great engine and versatile.
16 – Scott Parker – England’s best when it comes to sitting in front of a back four.
17 – Gareth Barry – Experienced and capable of playing the holding role.
18 – Frank Lampard – Always capable of getting a goal and has proved he can also play a deeper role.
19 – Ashley Young – to play in the middle of the 3 midfield players. Enjoyed a reasonible first season at United.
20 – Danny Welbeck – Had a great season on loan at Sunderland and has carried that form on for United. Impressed in some of England’s friendlies.
21 – Grant Holt – It would mean the world to him and we want players who want to wear the shirt. His goals tally this season has helped also.
22 – Darren Bent – A proven goalscorer and has lead the England line well in the past.
23 – Wayne Rooney – Probably England’s biggest under performer at major tournaments having not scored a goal since Euro 2004 but who knows this might be his year (although I doubt it).
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