It seems only seconds since the last group of international games kept us all annoyed at the fact that we have to wait to watch more Premier League action so what great news it is to know that in only two weeks this Friday we will have some more games from the Euro’s bloated World Cup Qualifying rounds.
England have games at home to San Marino and away at Poland with the latter proving more of a test after the 1-1 draw with Ukraine at Wembley.
With those two games in mind and the media frenzy that Terry has whipped up to try and distract from the fact he may have racially abused Anton Ferdinand by retiring from international duty, Roy Hodgson has the kind of selection headache that managers would welcome.
Both Jermain Defoe and Rickie Lambert have started the season well for there respective clubs and at least one of them will be lining up for England very soon. Both have scored 4 in 5 and both have grabbed an assist but which one would be more suited to a call up to the England squad?
I think that Defoe is already in the squad after excelling in AVB’s new tactical 4-3-3 at Spurs. It is not too dissimilar to how England play and a great goal against Italy in the recent friendly won’t have done his chances any harm. Against a small team like San Marino Defoe would have a field day as his acceleration and accurate shooting ability make him unplayable against lesser opposition. Poland on their own patch however will be a different kettle of fish.
They tend to be a lot more physical and at the Euro’s we saw what having the home crowd on there side can do to there confidence. With Robert Lewandowski up front they have an attacking threat to worry a defence that needs time to gel, especially now Terry has selfishly given up playing for his country.
Due to Andy Carroll’s injury and the quality of opposition we will be facing in the home game I don’t see why both Defoe and Lambert shouldn’t be called up. Lambert showed against Aston Villa that his strength and wonderful right foot make him a lot to handle up front and against a team as weak as San Marino why not give someone from a so called lesser team a go and against Poland it may be better to have Lambert on the bench as another option for a way of breaking down there defence.
Both attackers are different in there style of play and for that reason it makes sense to bring them both along for the International ride.
When Defoe is in form he can bang them in more consistently than Nick Clegg apologising and although a more left field choice, Lambert has the ability of being able get a goal out of nothing. Both are good qualities to have so why not share them with the national team.