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The England Squad is out...



This weekend sees new England gaffer Fabio Capello name his first squad as manager of the world`s least successful major nation [!]. So, in this weeks memoirs, I`m putting forward my proposed squad for the Switzerland friendly in February.

The criteria for this England squad is as follows:

1. They are on-form currently.
2. They are not regular squad members, i.e Lampard, Gerrard, Terry, Robinson, Cole`s etc…
3. Or, if they are a regular, they are just back from injury and need pitch-time/confidence.

Goalkeepers

Joe Hart
It`s fair to say that the former Shrewsbury 'keeper has come a long, long way since he moved to Eastland`s a couple of years back. He has taken the division by storm with a string of agile, breathtaking stops to keep out some of the best players in the game. Obviously a young player, but there`s no better time to blood him.
Minutes 0708: 1170 Conceded 0708: 18 Ave. minute p/goal conceded: 65

David James
I suppose you could argue that Jamo is an England regular, a regular in the squad though. He has rarely been given an extended run in the team, and, with his form last season and continued into this, he deserves a chance. Again.
Minutes 0708: 2430 Conceded 0708: 28 Ave. minute p/goal conceded: 86

Robert Green
Has been performing well for a few years now but has always been ignored because he has been playing at Championship level. Well, he`s now been performing well at Premier League level for 18 months, give the boy a chance.
Minutes 0708: 2160 Conceded 0708: 24 Ave. minute p/goal conceded: 90

Defenders

Anton Ferdinand
Seemed to be on the verge of a call-up for the last World Cup, but never got it. Since then has had some injury and off-field problems, but his goal against Manchester United showed that he is back to his best.

Michael Dawson
He has been shaky on a couple of occasions, but alongside Ledly King, I seriously believe there are fewer great centre back pairings at English clubs [English pairings of course].

Jolean Lescott
Whichever Wolves scout found this boy should have been given a pay rise, on the spot. I was impressed by his coolness, aura and ability at Molinuex but since moving to the Premiership he has got better and better. He has a few caps and deserves more.

Jamie Carragher!
One of the best English defenders around, Mr Capello needs to convince the bottling Scouser that he has a future with England at that he will be a key part of his side because he is more than capable. Watch this space.

Micah Richards
Has been playing superbly this season, and although he should and has been a reasonably regular name in recent England squads, he deserves a go at centre back where he has been at the top of his game.

Phil Neville
Such a handy, steady, solid player. And so versatile, playing well too.

Steven Taylor
Despite his tendency to handle the ball in dangerous positions then pretend to die, Taylor has always impressed me and should be Toon captain.

Midfielders

David Bently
His flying start to the season is a distant memory, but he is still one of the few English wingers playing at the top-level doing the business. Assists, goals, vision, creativity and positive movement all come with this lad.

Ashley Young
No bias whatsoever, he earnt his first call-up and now with the form he is in, he deserves another. He is turning experienced full backs inside out, week in week out, plus scoring goals, such as that strike against Blackburn.

David Beckham
The debate has been huge; let me make it clear where I stand; Beckham gets ten minutes at the end to get his 100th cap then is nudged gently in retirement.

Gareth Barry
Playing really well for Villa at the moment, he`s been their captain throughout this successful period, he deserves a chance to re-prove himself with less glamerous names included, whether it be left midfield or central.

Michael Carrick
Hargreaves seems to be the favoured holding midfielder, but Carrick has looked a class act at Old Trafford, not that he didn`t before, it would be good to see him and the next man together on the international scene too…

Paul Scholes!
Another player who should be central to Capello`s plans, it would be a masterstroke if he could tempt 'The Ginger Prince` out of retirement….

Jermaine Jenas
Two legs against Arsenal prove that the former Forest man is re-born under new Spurs gaffer, Juande Ramos.
Owen Hargreaves
Been out injured for large chunks of the campaign so far, but has looked a good player during playing spells. Deserves his chance now to re-stake an England claim.

Forwards

Gabriel Agbonlahor
Another former Horn - aren`t we great! Seriously though, the boy has been a constant thorn in opposition defences, mainly because of his directness and pace.

Dean Ashton
Broke his ankle 18months ago, worth a shout now surely?

Jermain Defoe
So few chances at Spurs, yet he grasps them all and makes the most of them

Peter Crouch
Need a goal? Get Peter Crouch, his record is immense and really, he is the most unlucky man on earth because no-one seems to fancy him!

At the end of the day though, the personnel doesn`t really matter, what does matter is a positive start to Capello`s reign - that and Watford making lots of lovely money from Ash!

Keep the faith,

Tom Bodell

The Journalist

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Date:Wednesday January 30 2008

Time: 8:20AM

 

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