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This is the squad for the upcoming game against minnows Denmark.

 

 

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).

 

Really, really poor squad in my opinion. Cleverley is going to the World Cup, sad fact, because there are players who can offer more, and he's been awful all season anyway. Defoe also hasn't played in how long? This is 1 individual game, no reason to call up squad players like Milner. 

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Adam Johnson deserved a call-up, Barry too even though he's always been shit in an England (& City) shirt. Why he's picked 4 goalkeepers I don't know, that spot should've gone to another CB like James Tomkins or Curtis Davies. I think it's pretty clear that Joel Ward has been the best english RB this season, why isn't he given a chance? Same goes for Jon Flanagan, he's certainly been more impressive than Glen has for Liverpool. Huddlestone has been great for Hull, even better than our Carrick, why hasn't he been called up?

 

It's a friendly ffs. Roy knows exactly who he's going to start in Brazil, he should've been using this game to see who he can take as back-up. Gerrard is captain so calling him up makes sense, but players like Rooney, Lampard, Cole, etc. it's just pointless.

 

I expect a frustrating, boring 2-2 draw.    

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Jagielka, Terry, Cahill, Cashley, Baines, Glen Johnson, Smalling, Phil Jones are a great base to a team that has to be strong, solid and really difficult to score on in Brazil.

That's a great base and a great defensive line for a World Cup-like tournament. If you add Barry, Carrick, Lampard, Wilshere, Gerrard to that base, it can be a team that really few teams can beat if the players perform as they should. 

 

There's more than class enough up front to solve a game even without creating too much. 

 

Let's see what Roy Hodgson builds for the WC.

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Jagielka, Terry, Cahill, Cashley, Baines, Glen Johnson, Smalling, Phil Jones are a great base to a team that has to be strong, solid and really difficult to score on in Brazil.

That's a great base and a great defensive line for a World Cup-like tournament. If you add Barry, Carrick, Lampard, Wilshere, Gerrard to that base, it can be a team that really few teams can beat if the players perform as they should. 

 

There's more than class enough up front to solve a game even without creating too much. 

 

Let's see what Roy Hodgson builds for the WC.

Terry has retired from International football and Johnson is woeful. He's even worse than Kyle Walker.

A midfield three of Gerrard, Wilshere and Carrick would be a good one for England but Gerrard's inability to keep the ball in high tempo games will always be a problem and he always tries the killer pass which rarely pays off. His set pieces are world class though.

Hart

Walker Cahill Jagielka Baines

Gerrard Wilshere

Milner Rooney Welbeck

Strurridge

That'll more than likely be the England team at the World Cup.

I'm looking forward to the Euro's in 2016 far more though. By that time the likes of Shaw, Jones, Smalling, Wilshere, Barkley, Welbeck, Sterling, Zaha, Sturridge, (Januzaj?) and Morrison will be far better than what they are now and with the older players retiring, this could be finally be a young and exciting England team.

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Terry has retired from International football and Johnson is woeful. He's even worse than Kyle Walker.

A midfield three of Gerrard, Wilshere and Carrick would be a good one for England but Gerrard's inability to keep the ball in high tempo games will always be a problem and he always tries the killer pass which rarely pays off. His set pieces are world class though.

 

Hart

Walker Cahill Jagielka Baines

Gerrard Wilshere

Milner Rooney Welbeck

Strurridge

That'll more than likely be the England team at the World Cup.

I'm looking forward to the Euro's in 2016 far more though. By that time the likes of Shaw, Jones, Smalling, Wilshere, Barkley, Welbeck, Sterling, Zaha, Sturridge, (Januzaj?) and Morrison will be far better than what they are now and with the older players retiring, this could be finally be a young and exciting England team.

 

Didn't remember about Terry. But I think Glen Johnson is physical, and for a team wanting to close up well, he's more than useful. Strong in the air, can help to both CBs and has the experience for this kind of tournaments. Anyway, the important point I wanted to make wasn't if he's better than Kyle Walker or not. It's that everyone playing in that defensive line are experienced, physical and strong people that won't have any problem at working together. 

 

Same goes to the midfield. I really think Gareth Barry will play, or at least I think he has to play. Him and Carrick would be a great double pivot for the team. Maybe playing Wilshere higher on the pitch, Sturridge and Welbeck/Milner/Townsend on the wings, and Rooney up front.

 

I would go for that, a strong double pivot with two great players tactically, strong in the air two, difficult to get through. The magic is there if you can get the ball near the box, but the main goal has to be not to receive.

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Jagielka, Terry, Cahill, Cashley, Baines, Glen Johnson, Smalling, Phil Jones are a great base to a team that has to be strong, solid and really difficult to score on in Brazil.

That's a great base and a great defensive line for a World Cup-like tournament. If you add Barry, Carrick, Lampard, Wilshere, Gerrard to that base, it can be a team that really few teams can beat if the players perform as they should. 

 

There's more than class enough up front to solve a game even without creating too much. 

 

Let's see what Roy Hodgson builds for the WC.

 

England are always well organised difficult to beat. That's why we don't lose many games year round and most of our tournament exits are shootout losses. We just lack something extra to get to the next level. Last time we had it was Euro 2004 when Rooney was sensational and we could have won that tournament had he stayed fit. This year, with Sturridge's form the way it is, and Rooney still being who he is, who knows?

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England are always well organised difficult to beat. That's why we don't lose many games year round and most of our tournament exits are shootout losses. We just lack something extra to get to the next level. Last time we had it was Euro 2004 when Rooney was sensational and we could have won that tournament had he stayed fit. This year, with Sturridge's form the way it is, and Rooney still being who he is, who knows?

That's it, and I think those kind of teams are much more effective than teams of the style of Argentina for example, who have incredible firepower up top, but lack people in defense and are going to be outscored like they were in the last World Cup.

 

In 2012 too, England was a penalty shootout away of going through vs Italy. That's just a bit of luck, because no one knows what would have happened if you got through...

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Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Ribery, Ozil?

Ibrahimović:

2 goals at Euro 2004, 2 goals at Euro 2008, 4 goals at Euro 2012.

Özil:

Joint highest assister at The 2010 World Cup, UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament 2012.

Ronaldo and Messi haven't even been bad.

Messi;

Scored a goal and assisted a goal from 2 starts at The 2006 World Cup

4 assists and 2 goals at The 2007 Copa América

2 goals and 2 assists at The Olympics

Two MotM awards and 2 assists from 4 games at The 2010 World Cup

Two MotM awards and 3 assists (joint highest) at The 2011 Copa América

Ronaldo:

2 goals and 2 assists at Euro 2004

1 goal at The Olympics

1 goal at The 2006 World Cup

One MotM award and scored 1 goal at Euro 2008

Three MotM awards and scored 1 goal at The 2010 World Cup.

3 goals at Euro 2012.

It's only Rooney and Ribéry who have underperformed.

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