Stuart Pearce selected the first post-Capello squad for the friendly against Holland, but who can expect to be there come the summer? Here is my selection.
Joe Hart Manchester City First name on the team sheet these days and will be vital behind a far from certain back four ON THE PLANE.
Rob Green West Ham Had a nightmare in South Africa but has been consistent for the Hammers this season, and should benefit from Ben Foster’s decision to ditch the national side ON THE PLANE.
Scott Carson Not exactly fresh in the mind of England fans after his move to Turkey, and won’t be happy with the news Paul Robinson is considering re-entering the international scene LEFT AT HOME.
Gary Cahill Chelsea Has had a torrid season, but his performances in the qualifiers alongside John Terry, plus a shortage of talent in the centre back positions should ensure an appearance at the finals ON THE PLANE.
Chris Smalling Manchester United Has been deployed mainly as a right back for United, but has shown enough ability in the middle to suggest he’ll be an important player for England one day. However the return of former captain John Terry and a dearth of talent at right back mean the former Fulham starlet might just miss out LEFT AT HOME.
Phil Jones Manchester United His spectacular start to the season has somewhat petered out, but his versatility could be vital in a thin looking England backline ON THE PLANE.
Glen Johnson Liverpool Has been very good for Liverpool this season, but Kyle Walker and Micah Richards have outshone the 27 year old. Was an utter catastrophe at the World Cup but his continued presence in squads prior to that tournament should mean the full back should just make the cut. Again, should Redknapp take charge, has the advantage of having worked with him at Pompey ON THE PLANE.
Kyle Walker Tottenham Has been explosive at times for Spurs this season, and is also more dependable at the back than counterpart Johnson. Hasn’t got much experience but should Redknapp lead the side in the summer, expect Walker to join him ON THE PLANE.
Micah Richards Manchester City Like Smalling, has been used a fullback in the main for City, But it appears as though Pearce has picked the defender as cover for the centre back positions in this squad. Due to Glen Johnson’s experience, Kyle Walker’s fantastic displays for Spurs and an inevitable return for the overrated John Terry, he may wrongly be left back in England. But you’d like to think Redknapp would know better than that LEFT AT HOME.
Leigton Baines Everton Has been one of the best fullbacks in the league for a number of years now, and will provide more than capable backup for Cole ON THE PLANE.
Ashley Cole Chelsea Dropped on Tuesday night for Chelsea, the fullback has been underwhelming this season. No manager will have the gumption to axe him from the national side just yet though ON THE PLANE.
James Milner Manchester City Has been consistent for the league leaders, and has enjoyed more game time than he’d probably thought possible. Probably will be picked, but mystery still surrounds what his position actually is for his country ON THE PLANE.
Gareth Barry Manchester City Another who endured a shocking World Cup, the emergence of Scott Parker means the City midfielder is no longer a first choice. May find himself in a straight shootout with the experienced Frank Lampard, of who Harry Redknapp is a huge admirer LEFT AT HOME.
Scott Parker Tottenham Exceptional for Tottenham this season, the former Hammers man may be the key to glory this summer ON THE PLANE.
Steven Gerrard Liverpool Should be employed as captain and, if fit, still represents one of England’s key components in their Euro charge ON THE PLANE.
Stuart Downing Liverpool A desperately disappointing season for the Reds has resulted in Downing looking like a shadow of a footballer. Has n0t done enough to earn his ticket LEFT AT HOME.
Adam Johnson Manchester City Needs games, and simply has not been used enough by Roberto Mancini. Has however been a prominent figure in the international set up for a few years now, and should get in on talent alone ON THE PLANE.
Tom Cleverley Manchester United Was tremendous for United in the lightening start to the season, and has poise and technique on the ball too often missing in English midfielders. Though he does warrant a place, a return to fitness for Jack Wilshere will mean he’ll probably be watching the drama unfold from the comfort of his sofa LEFT AT HOME.
Ashley Young Manchester United Has performed exceptionally in patches for United this season, but is frustratingly inconsistent. He is however likely to start alongside Wayne Rooney and one other in the front three positions up front ON THE PLANE.
Theo Walcott Arsenal Has been pretty awful for a few months now, and simply hasn’t repaid the faith Arsene Wenger has shown in him. Was axed at the last moment from England’s World Cup plans, and wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see history repeat itself. Should just make it, but will be wary of the OX ON THE PLANE…just
Darren Bent Aston Villa Has had an average season for Villa, mainly due to the unbelievably dull tactics employed by his manager Alex Mcleish. Has featured a lot recently for the national side, and his ability to poach a goal may be invaluable ON THE PLANE.
Fraizer Campbell Sunderland One of the stories of the season. Campbell hadn’t played in almost a year and a half when he started for Sunderland a few weeks ago, but a string of brilliant displays and a wonderful goal against Norwich has seen the striker selected for the first time for the senior side. Much of this is down to his relationship with Pearce at under 21 level, and may be axed as a result of fierce competition for places LEFT AT HOME.
Daniel Sturridge Chelsea Has been a shining light in a dreary season for Chelsea, and his versatility in the attacking positions should see the former Man City man cancelling his summer holiday arrangements ON THE PLANE.
Wayne Rooney Manchester United A two game suspension won’t stop the talismanic forward taking his seat come June ON THE PLANE.
Danny Welbeck Manchester United England must look to select a positive squad this summer, so it shouldn’t be a straight shoot-out between Sturridge and Welbeck for a place. Has the added bonus of having started alongside Wayne Rooney for almost the entire campaign ON THE PLANE.
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