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The Spoiler’s Ideal England World Cup XI

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England World Cup XI

At some point between now and next summer, everyone from young toddlers to muttering old grandmas will be doodling their ideal England team for the World Cup on napkins in cocktail bars all around the country.

Hence, The Spoiler thought it wise to get in there first, before disappearing under the inevitable tidal wave of football compilations.

The above team is very much an “ideal world” scenario, with particularly large question marks looming above the heads of Owen Hargreaves and Aaron Lennon.

In the case of the former, inclusion depends on him reaching peak form and fitness in time. Whilst the latter has more to do with whether Theo Walcott or Shaun Wright-Phillips suddenly come good in the next few months. At the moment, the spot is Aaron’s to lose.

With two holding players sitting in front of the defence, the full backs would be free to gallop up the wings, and Gerrard could float around in the middle, occasionally playing as a second striker. Of course, it would mean dropping poor old Lampsie to the bench, and it would leave Rooney partnerless up front.

BUT, it would also win England the World Cup. Seriously.

If you agree with The Spoiler, feel free to leave a kind and wonderful comment.

If you don’t agree, feel free to pile in with all guns blazing… and some suggestions of your own, naturally.

24 responses so far
  • Blair // December 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    No Lampard? You must be joking!

  • BN69 // December 7, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Put Barry sitting behind Gerrard and Lampard (drop Hargreaves) and swap Lennon for Walcott.

    For what it’s worth, that’s my opinion.

    Ooooo, and swap Rio for Roger Johnson.

    Job’s a good ‘un *inserts thumbs up smiley*

  • Martin // December 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I’d keep it as it is, except for the Gerrard/Lampard role, whoevers on better form come the end of the season gets the number 8 shirt… and I’d maybe consider swapping Ferdinand if he’s feeling up to his usual heroics. But you’re dreaming if you think Hargreaves is gonna be fit, I just dont think he’ll have enough time to impress when he comes back from his next injury… Any chance of Michael Essien having an English granny?

  • Roy Hodgson // December 7, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I’d have Bobby Zamora up front ahead of Rooney. He’s a class act!

  • Harry // December 7, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    …I’d dropped Hargreaves and bring Defoe in…Make it more attacking, afterall, attack is the best form of defense…Leave Lampard on the bench because he holds the record for most misses in a World Cup…Very good player for Chelsea but still didn’t do it for England…

  • Joey // December 7, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Crap. I can’t see us (USA) not getting smoked by any lineup they put out.

  • Harry // December 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    …First of all…I cannot use Rooney and Zamora in the same sentence, let alone substitute Rooney for Zamora…Let us avoid suicide calls…Coming back to USA, they have a good squad, or should I say competative squad…Just go back to the Confederations Cup…

  • Wilberto // December 7, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    4-4-2 Keep it simple.

    And play Paul Robinson, he’s still the same fella who held the England No.1 shirt before.

  • Harry // December 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    England did not make it to the European finals because Paul Robinson had the gloves…I think the objective is to reach the finals and not end it in the first round…Keep it real…Spurs got rid of him because they have ambitions to go to UCL next season…Don’t you think England have ambitions to win the WC…

  • Troy // December 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I’d replace Barry and Hargreaves with Defoe and Beckham.

    No matter how good Rooney is, if he’s the only attacker defences have to worry about, they’ll stifle England’s attacks. So I think Defoe should partner him, both for a better attack and also to allow Rooney to play.

    Whenever you think of Lampard playing for England you think of a shot going just over the goal. He’s a great player but so far he hasn’t played well for England.

    But Beckham has- I’d play him and Gerrard in the center.

  • Tom // December 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    ‘BUT, it would also win England the World Cup. Seriously.’

    And what would happen when you play Spain or Brazil or someone better? THIS is exactly why I hope you get fucked. Totally oblivious to the fact that there might be teams out there better than you.

  • Archie // December 7, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Johnson – Terry – Rio – Cole
    Lennon – Gerrard – Lampard – Cole

    The problem with 4-5-1 is it virtually guarantees the usual England problem. Not enough goal scoring chances, followed by PKs, followed by England getting psycho and losing PKs (OMG, we’re England, what’ll the papers say if we lose, and the fans will go meshugge, I’m so nervous, oh no I kicked it right at the keeper and we lost again in PKs!).

    In the past, we could get far on a great defense and the occasional goal, but now Rio is questionable, Johnson is a better attacker than defender, Green/James are worse than the USA’s 5th choice keeper, so we MUST score goals. Defoe is England’s key man in 2010!!!

    Come on Engeland!

  • emz // December 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I cant believe there are people that still exist that dispute the quality of Lampard. On current form and so many other things he should be in that starting line up. Just because he has scored a huge number of goals for Chelsea doesnt mean thats the only thing he can be judged on. Hes plays a different role for England but hes hugely important.

  • Andrew // December 8, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Lennon is just a poor man’s Walcott, so obviously he has to be in. Lampard deserves a spot as well.

  • Ricky // December 8, 2009 at 2:19 am


    brown rio JT cole


    gerrard Hargreaves


    Rooney Defoe

  • Nick Cotter // December 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Gerrard ahead of Lampard?!

    He might be able to cheat and win us a few penalties (which we will then miss) but if you compare his and Lampard’s career stats then you will find Lampard beats him on all.

    Why do people like Gerrard? Lampard is more personable, a better player for club and country and doesn’t go round attacking people in nightclubs. Very strange….

  • Harry // December 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

    …Everyone playing in a team with a lot of players with quality, suddenly look like a quality palyer as well…Lampard is one of those cases and Capello picked up on that…Gerrard is just a class above Lampard and has proved it on numerous ocassions…Liverpool can’t function without his abilities but Chelsea win leagues without Lampard…He might be an important ingredient in the Chelsea outfit but thta is because of their make up…I don’t think for one second England will miss him because he missed so many chances the last time out that leaving him on the bench is a good decision…Capello knows better and before history repeats itself, I think England would be better off with Lampard on the bench…

  • Guy // December 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    As is, but Milner for Lennon. Nothing against Lennon, but Milner looks so composed and confident doing anything with the ball, anywhere on the pitch this season – and that’s what international football’s about.

    If Hargreaves can recreate 2006 1/4 final vs Portugal form we’re onto a winner

  • Nick Cotter // December 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm


    Did Chelsea win the league without Lampard in 04-05 when Lampard scored over 20 goals and was voted football writers player of the year?

    Did Chelsea win the league in 2005/2006 without Lampard when he started every league game and again scored more than 20 goals in all competitions?

    Of course Gerrard won the league single handed for Liverpool whe……oh.

    Gerrard is put on a pedestal based on two performances (Milan 05 and West Ham 2006) where on both occasions his team got a draw having never led the match and then won on penalties.

  • Johnny // December 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Nick, let’s take a look at those career stats you mentioned and we’ll both acknowledge what you say isn’t true.

    what has lampard done after mourinho? had mourinho gone to liverpool and gerrard would have won the title instead, imho. anyway saying gerrards career resumes to on two performances really has never watched a game on his top form, nor has even taken 5 minutes to watch a lame youtube compilation.

    in conclusion, I would definitely say to put them both on, hell, I wish my team had either one of those.

    ps I’d love to see england crowned champions.

  • Dave // April 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I would have

    Brown, Rio, JT, Cole
    Milner, Lampard, Gerrard

  • Dave // April 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

    oops, missed Defoe!

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