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G.Johnson Dawson King A.Cole
Lennon Gerrard(c) Barry A.Johnson
dawson and king have had alright seasons, huh?
Fraser Forster would NOT be the worst shout as 3rd keeper
G Neville S Campbell J Terry A Cole
C N'Zogbia J Barton L Bowyer S Downing
F Jeffers D Bent
Manager: Garth Crooks
would go Bowyer at LW and Phil Neville at CM tbh
I think I'll swap Darren Bent for Dave Hedges though.
That didn't work four/five years ago and I doubt it would work now to be fair. Anyway, isn't he injured/not as good anymore? If you are going to do a joke answer you may as well make the whole team one.
but just in case: Adam Johnson. Adam.
but I searched for Alan Johnson and nothing came up and I couldn't think of another name beginning with A. So I wasn't sure.
Gerrard Huddlestone Lampard
Cole Ferdinand Terry Johnson
^^^this team would own so hard
but lol Robbie Fowler
It could work I suppose.
David James nearly got Stuart Pearce's men into Europe.
Admittedly there is no regular right winger/midfielder, and I would be inclined to pick Lennon over Wright-Phillips or Walcott. If Milner was to start it would be in the middle and instead of Gerrard, who has been utterly woeful this season.
NRRRRRRRRRGH. Instead of Lampard?
and it'd would be his place in the starting line-up, not necessarily his position, he'd take. But mostly I wouldn't change anything.
I'd opt to leave things the way they are, with Gerrard on the left. I'm sure Lennon could do a job on the left if necessary though. I just personally think Milner is a much better player when playing through the middle than when out on the wing.
Johnson Dawson Ferdinand Cole
Lennon Milner Lampard Gerrard
G Neville Ferdinand Terry Cole
Lennon Gerrard Lampard Milner
Joe Hart's had a good season, but hasn't played much for England and I just feel that it's better to stick with players who have played together.
Johnson Ferdinand Dawson A. Cole
Walcott Lampard Barry J. Cole
the rest is irrelevant.
and it reads 'Quarter finalists' and I want to cry
I know Johnson's being playing on the right for City, but... well, I don't really understand why that is. Not in a 4-4-2, anyway. And even if there is some brilliant logic to it which I've missed, Gerrard would surely be more effective on the right.
Fucksake if yr gonna do it, do it properly
that Micah Richards is a forgotten man?
or was he always just a bit toilet?
but I'm pretty sure Johnson's played most of his career on the left. As for Gerrard playing on the left for England, it's only because that's been the 'problem position'. If we have an adequate left-winger - i.e. Johnson - and the right wing becomes a problem position, it makes sense to play Gerrard there.
and that Bridge needed to calm down and have a little think before reconsidering...it could still happen!
I picked Huddlestone ahead of Barry because he seems to inspire a great deal of confidence in those around him, and he's been extremely solid of late in terms of breaking down opposition attacks. Nonetheless, a good case can be made for Barry's slightly more all-action style. I'd say it depended on the opposition. Of course, there's the case for both, and dropping Gerrard (drop Lampard at your peril), which I would accept as well, and would enable either to wander forwards.
Really though, I think it's essential to have at least two fast wing-forwards breaking incisively towards opposition full-backs - England have got to play to the strengths of their cutting-edge.
and would always look out for him in England games, hoping he'd excel, which he often did. He's a *very* tidy midfield player, a sort of more-reliable Michael Carrick.
Of late I've been overtaken by Thuddmania, though, which is a terrible and all-consuming affliction.
The more I think about it, the more I'm erring towards dropping Gerrard for Barry and having at it.
Onuoha should probably be in the squad as reserve RB, tbh
thought he was still undecided
Paul Robinson, Joe Hart both had more impressive seasons than James or Green. Probably too late in the day....
Johnson can't defend, Terry out of sorts, Ferdinand's fitness and fingers-crossed Cole makes it.
And if Lennon's not fit, Gerrard on right, and left-footed Johnson on the left (why does Mancini persist with the right-side?)
Murty, Sonko, Ingimarsson, Shorey
Little, Sidwell, Harper, Convey
We should just stop fucking about putting players there who have no idea how to play there and just pick a left winger.
but my 4-3-3 formation is the one England needs to play, for me. england has a solid CM spine and some extremely tricksy attacking forward players. a conventional 4-4-2 is too easy to defend and keep the ball from.
My team upthread has been revised to have Barry rather than Gerrard. If Walcott's anonymous, A Johnson or Milner should be thrust in. Not Downing.
this is predicated on Johnson being able to play as a wing-forward - do we have confidence in this? Or do we go 4-4-2 and replace one of the CMs with a striker?
Adam Johnson should be nailed on.
G Johnson - Terry - Ferdinand - A Cole
Lennon - Gerrard - Barry - A Johnson
Rooney - Crouch
They love playing together. Believe.
surely Zamora>>>Heskey (though only KIK has Heskey)
also, I vote Dawson too and I say Capello should sack off Terry entirely and bring Bridge back
Joe Hart between the sticks
the rest is obvious
going solely off ability, John Terry's easily the best centre half in the Prem, no?
he's a complete liability
two/three seasons ago he was on fire, now he's on the slide and his mind is not right and the whole affair story is going to continue to be a distraction in SA
Have you seen much of Gerrard this season?
G Johnson R Johnson J Terry A Cole
A Johnson S Gerrard F Lampard J Cole
Green James Milner Walcott Defoe Ferdinand Vassell
It's flaming identical in make-up and outlook to the teams which have heroically crashed out of the last three tournaments they've gotten to.
Capello, at least, has instilled the three-man central midfield axis (Gerrard has only nominally been a LM). We need to keep this, and really go for it with the three forwards.
But I'm becoming a bit of a stuck record. I'd like to hear why the 4-4-2 is the best formation! And why Joe Cole is suddenly fit and able enough to play in the starting line-up.
(get well soon Lennon)
I couldn't care how fit Joe Cole is, very much like crouch he just gets the job done, he is most certainly able.
be first name on the team sheet for the rest of the tournament. You have got to love a player who has regularly displayed his best for his country.
He's a fine player and I'm sure he'll get minutes on the pitch, but Plan A should be pace and incisive playmaking - I could only see him fitting into this in a more central role, in which case there are others who offer more of a dynamic and powerful presence who should play there instead (such as Gerrard, who isn't even in my first-choice team any more)
Anyone who thinks I'm joking about Huddlestone (I'm not) should just imagine Hargreaves there instead
If i had my way i'd pick Gazza, Becks and Beardsley.
Seriously. Send 'em out there in an orgy of jingoism. Wave a flag. Have a moan. Wipe a single tear away. Watch a better team win. Only by picking a side based purely on sentiment can we truly play the football our media and fanbase deserve to see. It'd be a wonderfully elegant comment on our function within the world's footballing community, and a deeply profound response to the notion of 'competition'.
I mean I'd select Vassell for a Blogging XI. His missals from Turkey have been top-notch. Good lad, that 'un.
I was tempted with another cole too.
G.Johnson Ferdinand Terry A.Cole
Lennon Gerrard Lampard J. Cole
G Johnson, Ferdinand, Terry, A Cole
Barry, Carrick, Milner
Lennon, Rooney, J Cole*
(* or maybe A Johnson)
Admittedly even less space for Gerrard and Lampard in that formation, and you still have the problems at RB and left wing. But it plays to the (relative) strength in central midfield, plus no issues on finding a partner for Rooney. Too late for that level of change now though I guess...
James, G. Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand, A.Cole, A. Johnson, Barry, Huddlestone, Gerrard, Heskey, Rooney
Subs: Hart, Robinson, Lescott, Cahill, Dawson, Baines, Milner, Lampard, Carrick, Walcott, Zamora, Agbonlahor
Stick Lescott or Upson or one of those mugs alongside Daws for the easy matches, then bring Ledley in for the big boys. Pace, experience, knows Dawson well - the perfect partner.
Ledley King could well have played as many matches as him by the time the season's over.
Good enough for me.
G.Nev M.Dawson Ferdinand Cole
SWP Milner Lampard Barry Young
Subs: James, Cahill, Onuoha, Bridge, Johnson, Huddlestone, Gerrard, Lennon, Joe Cole, Crouch, Defoe.
Basically the form of the all the England contenders based on the scores attributed to them by the major newspapers after each of their last 5 matches. Don't think any of us would argue with that, would we?
2. I agree that he's been the best English centre-back in the country during that time.
I don't think the actual number means very much, just the fact it puts him higher than anyone else, which I think we'd both agree is fair.
then realised my folly
G.Johnson Terry Ferdinand Cole
Barry Lampard Milner
Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand, A.Cole
Lennon, Barry, Lampard, Gerrard
I reckon Green for Hart and Heskey for Crouch are likely starters.