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Are England really the World’s second best side?

The England team, give or take the odd Upson, James, or Heskey

England team 

Just today, Liverpool’s crocked centre forward, Fernando Torres, said this (as reported in the Daily Mail):

“People say that Spain have the best starting XI in the world but when you look at England on paper, they have the second strongest XI in the world.”

A high compliment indeed, and few would argue that Spain on paper make for some pretty chilling reading. But England in second place?

The Spoiler would probably suggest that Argentina – with Messi, Tevez, Higuain, Milito, Mascherano, Cambiasso, Demichelis – look pretty strong, regardless of having a bonkers manager.

Or Brazil, with a spine consisting of Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Kaka, and Robinho. Not to mention Holland, France, Germany, Italy, Ivory Coast – all of whom look pretty strong on paper.

But who would YOUR second best team in the world be? And, more importantly, was Torres just being nice?

Let us know with a vote and a comment. 

2 responses so far
  • Joe Harley // April 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I don’t know if England are the second best footballing side but they have some of the best songs. Check out a great new demo recording called Lace Up Your Boots. Listen to it here:

  • ned flanders // April 22, 2010 at 3:30 am

    its called sucking up.
    if he isnt, then he is insane.

    hell, serbias backline with vidic, ivanovic and subotic is far superior to englands (yeah, i only know 3 of their defencemen but those 3 are worth 4 on englands team).

    and is there a nation that has worst forwards, not counting rooney of course.

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