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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Enter Psycho

Is there any England fan who doesn't like a bit of Psycho in the psetup? Pearce is set to be Capello's enforcer, and there's probably no one better for the job. Here's a man whom the players should actually fear, and he'd probably kill his grandmother if it would bring the World Cup trophy back to London.

So, loyal readers, as we come close to the Switzerland match which will desultorily stand in for Euro 2008, TDH sees fit to bring up the old debate: who should play?

Well, here are some TDH comments on the pool:

Paul Robinson - probably deserves another chance
Chris Kirkland - definitely a possibility
David James - only if no one else can be trusted
Scott Carson - afraid he's been stained forever
Steve Harper - TDH would give him a shot (to stop!)

John Terry - indisputable
Ledley King - versatile, always plays well for England
Micah Richards - exciting range as a winger
Wayne Bridge - hard worker, gets the job done
Rio Ferdinand - may be too self-involved
Jol Lescott - intriguing, will Capello play a libero?
Wes Brown - pretty solid this year, but emotionless
Ashley Cole - should be reduced to a bench role
Michael Dawson - too error-prone, though very game
Glen Johnson - who?

Owen Hargreaves - indisputable, TDH is a convert
Aaron Lennon - has to be in the team, tireless
Shaun Wright-Phillips - on a hot streak, a must
David Bentley - caught TDH's attention, worth a try
James Milner - must get a run-out on the left
Joe Cole - finding his form, cares about England
Scott Parker - a backup for Hargreaves?
Gareth Barry - excellent work rate, less raw talent
Michael Carrick - doing well this season
Steven Gerrard - puzzlingly bad form for England
Nigel Reo-Coker - prone to cards, if talented
Stewart Downing - promises more than he delivers
Frank Lampard - on the downslope, for TDH at least
Joey Barton - er, likely to be behind bars...

Wayne Rooney - indisputable
Michael Owen - TDH wishes he looked better
Gabriel Agbonlahor - deserves a serious look
Theo Walcott - really a winger, isn't he?
Andrew Johnson - still some potential there
Peter Crouch - he does give you another "look"
Dave Kitson - well, he is scoring in a bad team
Jermaine Defoe - rarely finishes for England
Darren Bent - ditto
Darius Vassell - you're having a laugh!

TDH XI: Harper, Lescott, Terry, King, Richards, Milner, Hargreaves, Gerrard, Wright-Phillips, Rooney, Agbonlahor.
Substitutes: Kirkland, Brown, Ferdinand, Bridge, Parker, Carrick, Bentley, Lennon, Cole, Owen, Walcott, Crouch

Okay, TDH is sure to have missed someone here, so let's hear it!


Anonymous Wolvescan said...

So you nod for a man that is really Canadian and you say why not to man who has insulted the FA. Well done England may have chance yet to play some real football.

7:44 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

young joe to start!

Can't say I disagree strongly with anything apart from that. I'm keen to see what Capello puts out and how they perform. I've given up on trying to work out why England are such a shambles.

6:32 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Well, let's see how TDH did:

Picked by Capello but not by TDH (keeping in mind that TDH selected a World Cup roster of 23 players, and Capello selected 30):

David James, Scott Carson, Curtis Davies, Nicky Shorey, Matthew Upson, Jonathan Woodgate, Glen Johnson, Ashley Young, Gareth Barry, Jermaine Jenas, Stewart Downing, Emile Heskey

Picked by TDH but not by Capello:

Steve Harper, Scott Parker, James Milner*, Aaron Lennon*, Theo Walcott*

* Picked by Psycho for his Under-21 psquad

I can see Capello's point on Barry and perhaps Upson or Young. Jenas is playing well these days, but he's been nothing special for England. The fact that he didn't pick Parker isn't too surprising; Parker's profile has been altogether too low. But I think Harper is a real omission. The guy is always solid, which is something that James, Robinson, Carson and company aren't.

6:03 PM  

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