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Right, here it is – The Spoiler’s England World Cup 23!

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Fabio Capello

A hunch suggests that Capello will spend the weekend’s match figuring out his World Cup starting XI, with last night’s outing acting predominantly as a squad audition for more than a few of the players involved.

Walcott pretty much played himself out of any chance of starting, but will surely go along as a bullet from the bench, whilst Michael Carrick could have just done Tom Huddlestone a massive favour, by continuing with his rather atrocious form.

At the back, King made it through the entire match, and with Carragher looking pretty sturdy in the second half, he could go along as cover for both Glen Johnson AND Terry/Ferdinand/King. With Milner also able to cover at right back, this could open the door for Matthew Upson to book a dreamy summer vacation, and leave an extra spot for a midfielder.

Hence, The Spoiler’s predicted 23 looks like this:

Goalkeepers: David James, Robert Green, Joe Hart

Defenders: Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Glen Johnson, Leighton Baines, Ledley King, Jamie Carragher

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott, James Milner, Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry, Tom Huddlestone, Joe Cole

Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey  


11 responses so far
  • Darren // May 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Here’s my thoughts about Emile Heskey.


    Can’t see many defenders, international, domestic or just plain two-legged, having many sleepless nights over facing him. The fact that he is even considered to be in the reckoning highlights the dearth of attacking talent available to Don Fabio. We have on world-class attacker, and a couple that might get on the bench for the likes of Belgium, and that’s about it.

    Heskey only makes the bench at Villa because of the lack of depth in their squad – if they still had the likes of Bosko Balaban he wouldn’t even be warming the bench.

  • sheimo // May 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Bosko Balaban – that’s a blast from the past

  • Wayne Bridge // May 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Nii Lamptey can’t even get on the bench at Villa so Heskey must be doing something right.

  • Darren // May 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Nii Lamptey, star of Championship Manger 1994, left Villa in 1995 to go to Coventry? Or is there more than one?

  • Andrew // May 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    God I hope Bent makes it ahead of Heskey, it is clear who is currently better and who is up to the challenge of fighting for a spot.

  • Wayne Bridge // May 26, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Yeah, that is the right Nii, he had a brother called Nil

  • Nicollers // May 26, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Johnson, Walcott, Cole and Milner? Think one of those won’t be going, and it won’t be Milner. Much as I would like it to be Walcott who is only able to run fast, Fabio seems to think he can impact a game. So that leaves Johnson or Cole. I’d want both to go, and I’ve no idea who Fabio would choose. I thought he had had enough of Cole, but he’s been recalled.

    Seems to be a lack of grit in midfield too. If Barry is injured, we’ve basically got Lampard and Huddlestone. I think Carrick is out of form, but will get the nod over one of the attacking mids (Walcott or Johnson). Stevie G could play there, but Fabio wants him higher up the field supporting Rooney. We’ve seen what England are like with Lampard and Gerrard next to each other, so 4-4-2 probably isn’t an option. Shame really as Bent might have got a nod over Heskey that way.

  • Emma // May 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    You’ve included Crouchie and Adam Johnson, so I’m a-ok with that list!

  • Bemgba // May 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Emile Hesky will not make the team if I was gaffer. Btw, where is Darren Bent? He will definitely make my team. Grtz

  • bob // May 27, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Baines sucks! Agbonlahor and Carlton Cole are better than Heskey.

  • bnz // May 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    People who don’t see Heskey’s value for England don’t understand football – FACT

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