Capello Must Get Team Selection Right If England To Progress

I just watched the press conference that England’s John Terry gave the the media yesterday, and it gives us hope that lads can indeed turn things around and beat Slovenia on Wednesday.

John Terry – a real leader for England

John gave a very good 15 minutes interview where he admitted the lads played with no passion at all against Slovenia, and they would change that big time on Wednesday.

John Terry came across as who he is – a born leader who whether he is captain or not will remain a leader of the England team, and he’s probably performed the best, along with current captain Steven Gerrard – when he’s not played out of position.

But you have to question Fabio Capello’s team selection and in that first game against the USA, 3 players we didn’t expect – Robert Green, James Milner and Emile Heskey all had negative influences in that game.

Robert made the mistake for the US goal, James Milner was taken off after 30 minutes in case he got a second yellow card and seemed completely out of control, and striker Emile Heskey had a wonderful chance to win the game for England in the second hal f, but missed the chance, which is far too usual for Emile.

Then in the inept and uninspiring game against Algeria, Gerrard was played out of position on the left, with Barry being brought in,  and looked half the player he was in that first game, but Fabio did have David James in goal, and James had a solid game.

With Jamie Carragher getting his second yellow card, a third new partner at center-back will need to be found for John Terry,  but we have to think that Fabio will bring in  Matthew Upson, if only because he’s played well at the back for England when playing alongside John Terry.

We think Steven Gerrard and John terry are two important players for England on Wednesday and we’d like to see Joe Cole brought into the side.

Frank Lampard never seems to play well with Steven Gerrard, and doesn’t play as well for Emngland as he plays every week for Chelsea.

And certainly Frank didn’t get a hold of the central midfield against Algeria, and we think Fabio may well drop  him for Wednesday.

We’d like to see Steven Gerrard play in central midfield just behind Wayne Rooney.

We also thought that Barry added solidity to the defense, and picked up a lot of balls in his defensive midfield position, and we were impressed with Wright-Phillips’ energy when he came on, and Lennon was a little disappointing.

So here’s the side we ‘d like to see start against Slovenia:

Johnson Terry Upson Cole (A)
Wright-Phillips Barry Gerrard (c) Cole (J)
Rooney Crouch

The Italy draw with New Zealand yesterday, and France’s apparent implosion and confusion at their training camp yesterday will,  if anything, help the England side come together, but it’s a do or die game for England in two days time.

England must beat Slovenia if they are to make it through to the round of the last 16, and we expect every single England player to play well and with significant passion on Wednesday – as though their lives depended on it.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jun 21, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Bring Sven back! 🙂

  • nightfa11

    Jun 21, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #2

    yeah..sven’s an idiot..bring him back so we can kick your ass;D

    god i hope j.cole wont play on wednesday… hes probably the only one in your squad who can beat us

  • nightfa11

    Jun 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3

    terry a leader? the point is ur not playing as a team since he had an affair…not to mention a.cole’s trips to rain forrests…

  • daniel...

    Jun 21, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #4

    why not use the formation that we played so well in qualifying?
    green didnt deserve to be dropped in my oppinion, his possition was good until this controversial ball moved with no time to react.

    johnson upson terry cole
    lennon lampard cle

  • daniel...

    Jun 21, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    cole on the left*

  • ToonArmyPGH

    Jun 21, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #6

    daniel… took the words out of my mouth. Although I’d actually quite like to see Hart in goal, to be honest. I don’t know if this is the right time to have him start for England, but he’s probably the best keeper we’ve got.

    I think I’d have Lennon on the left and Cole on the right. Put Crouch on if we’re lacking in the second half, pull Gerrard back, and send Lamps to the bench.

    I cannot understand why Joe Cole has been ignored, he’s my favorite player on the squad by a mile and always seems to generate some energy on the pitch.

    First comment, so please don’t tear me apart!

  • Thump

    Jun 21, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #7

    @nightfa11: Are you serious? The reason the England team are not playing well is because Terry had an affair? Grow up, mate.

  • nightfa11

    Jun 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Thump – i said cos they are NOT a team..COS u have “moral free” players.. u probably have 3 camps in this newcastle last year..or the french this year.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Read the headline and didn’t bother with the rest of the article. Why? Because it’s bloody obvious that “Capello Must Get Team Selection Right If England To Progress”.


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