After Ray Parlour released his opinions on who should be on the plane for Brazil, as the lead-writer for sillyseason, I thought I would produce my own 23-man shortlist for who should be on that plane.
Below are the players I would take, please comment your opinions and write down your squad!
GOALKEEPERS: Joe Hart, John Ruddy, Fraser Forster
SUMMARY: Pretty simple decisions really. I still back Hart despite his poor form in recent months. In my opinion he’s still one of the best in the world and we saw glimpses of that against Germany. As for the back-up plans, Ruddy and Forster are the obvious choices as they are both good shot-stoppers.
DEFENDERS: Nathaniel Clyne, Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahil, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines
SUMMARY: The first thing people will see is the inclusion of Southampton defender Clyne, and I know he hasn’t had an England call-up as of yet but in my opinion he’s been one of the best right-backs in the Premier League. Brilliant going forward and just as good at the back (unlike Kyle Walker, who shouldn’t be anywhere near the England team). The rest are pretty standard choices. I’d only take Smalling due to the fact he is versatile, plus John Terry has ruled out a return.
MIDFIELDERS: Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, Michael Carrick, Theo Walcott, Andros Townsend, Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson
SUMMARY: I have been very impressed by Adam Lallana since Southampton’s arrival in the Premier League and he put on two solid shows against Chile and Germany in the past week. As for the rest, Barkley and Henderson have had good seasons so far for club so I think it’s fair to give them a chance on the biggest stage. Townsend has been a breath of fresh air for England and also for Tottenham, so I expect him to go to Brazil.
Unfortunately for Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and many more, they don’t make my team. I don’t think Chamberlain has had a great season so far and now an injury has stalled him even further. As for Milner and Lampard, I don’t think they have the ability anymore to make effect on the big stage and I think it’s important for England to look to the future.
FORWARDS: Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert, Jermain Defoe
SUMMARY: I think Lambert is a different type of striker which could help us in certain situations and Defoe is a natural finisher despite not playing enough for his club. The main exclusion here is Danny Welbeck and that’s simply because I don’t see how a striker at Manchester United can only score two goals in the whole season last year!!!.
What do you think then?
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles