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Name your ideal England side for the next big tournament

Laters, granddads!


In light of such a terrible World Cup, the Sunday papers would have you believe that while the dangling axe might have missed Capello, it shan’t be so clumsy when ridding of geriatrics like JT, Led, old man Becksie, Lamp Lamp, and the Cole Sisters. 

It seems that the “Golden Generation” has turned out to be made up of fool’s gold, old bits of foil, and discarded milk bottle tops that look shiny and exciting if you see them from a distance, but up close, they’re just smelly bits of rubbish.

Anyway, muddled imagery aside, who would you like to see jogging out for England at Euro 2012/World Cup 2014?

Here’s a stab at a Spoiler XI (4-2-1-2-1):

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

Back four: Glen Johnson, Michael Dawson, Phil Jagielka, Kieran Gibbs

Defensive midfielders: Jack Rodwell, James Milner

Attacking midfielders: Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Adam Johnson

Striker: Wayne Rooney

Now do yours…

8 responses so far
  • mr. chopper // July 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

    You’re going down the wrong route. The only option we have is to get FIFA to accept the home-grown rule as means for a player’s nationality… Then extend the threshold to 25. And allow any retired players to join a national side of their choosing. And let us have Zidane.

  • Darren // July 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Okay, mine may be aiming in the slightly longer term than 2012, but here goes. Fans of Championship/Football Manager will recognise this as the 4-1-3-2 formation, with the 1 sitting deep, FBs providing width, and the man in the middle of the 3 as the “quarterback”. The other two midfielders are the ones expected to get beyond the strikers.

    GK: Ben Foster
    RB: Micah Richards
    LB: Kieran Gibbs
    CB: Chris Smalling
    CB: James Tomkins
    DM: Jack Rodwell
    CM: Jack Wilshere
    CM: Tom Huddlestone
    CM: Tom Cleverley
    FC: Theo Walcott
    ST: Wayne Rooney (c)

    Subs from:
    Hart, Loach, Mancienne, Lansbury, Welbeck, Gosling, Naughton, Walker, Sears, Lallana, Surman, Delfouesno (on condition he makes his name easier to spell).

  • andy // July 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Darren, the fact that you used the word quarterback in your post, even if it was in inverted commas, disqualifies your opinion in this forum. Your post should be deleted.

  • Darren // July 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    But “quarterback” is so much more succinct than “bloke who is a bit too large and cumbersome to make forward runs so should just hang around somewhere at the back and ping 60 yards passes right onto the toe of his intended target”. I had Huddlestone in mind all along, see.

  • mr3000 // July 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Connor wickham!!!

  • Callum // July 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    We need to go down the young route just as the Germans have done and get them playing together as much and as soon as possible.

    GK – Joe Hart

    LB – Kieran Gibbs
    CB – Michael Dawson
    CB – David Wheater
    RB – Glen Johnson

    DM – Tom Huddlestone
    DM – James Milner
    LM – Adam Johnson
    RM – Aaron Lennon
    AM – Jack Wilkshire

    ST – Wayne Rooney

    backups: Shelvey, Naughton, Mancienne, Rodwell, Smalling, Michael Johnson, Walcott

  • Wilberto // July 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    CB: Phil Jones of Blackburn Rovers.

    Young lad at eighteen played his full Premier League debut against a Chelsea side going for the title in March and not only helped keep a clean sheet but kept the captain (Ryan Nelsen) out of the line-up for a few weeks after with a string of impressive performances.

  • Darren // July 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Phil Jones is a good call; didn’t he have back to back games against both Chelsea and United and do really well?

    Not sure where this movement has come from to have James Milner as a DM. He started last season as an out and out winger and I suppose at Villa, where frankly there isn’t a lot of quality competition in central midfield, he could make the switch to an attacking midfield role.

    But DM? Do we really see Milner in the Makalele/Mascherano role?

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