Euro 2012: Who will play for England?

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Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Now before I begin, you have to realise this article is entirely based on the fact that England have made a solid start to their Euro 2012 qualification support and should, emphasis on should, comfortably qualify for the tournament in Poland/Ukraine. With Capello’s decision back in the World Cup not to name his team selection until a few hours before kickoff, treat this as a shot in the dark at who will play in the Euro 2012.


Joe Hart, without a doubt, should be playing as England’s number one through the whole of the championship. He’s been consistent throughout the season for City, and I really don’t see many other goalkeepers really challenging for the spot. Ben Foster and Robert Green will probably be the second and third choice respectively, but both seem to have an amazing performance, followed by a truly shocking one. We need consistency and I think Hart is our man.


Our central partnership needs to have played a few games together before the championships, and we obviously need a good amount of strength and pace. Rio and Terry would be the most obvious choice, but I feel players like Smalling and Jagielka should have a real opportunity if either gets injured. What Smalling lacks in experience, he makes up in strength and speed, a fantastic combination for a player so young. Right back should see Glen Johnson as a regular, although he has had a few shaky appearances as of late. Are there many other English right backs who could step in? Micah Richards perhaps? Although he seemed to have been the ‘next big thing’ and has dropped off ever since. On the opposite side, Ashley Cole should, by all means, keep his regular place. His main competition, in my opinion, will come from young Kieran Gibbs, who has all the same attributes as Cole. A great prospect in the making.


Clearly Capello will have a headache deciding who to take as part of his midfield, as we do have a lot of present and future talent. Expect Lampard and Gerrard to travel, with Barry being a pretty sure bet as well. Jack Wiltshere should be in line for a call aboard the Poland express with his impressive Arsenal form, which i’m sure, will continue. Pace is a must for our wingers, so Walcott and Ashley Young would be a great pair to have. Adam Johnson and Marc Albrighton have also delivered strong performances this season for their respective clubs, so they might sneak aboard as well. Capello needs to make sure he mixes a combination of seasoned pros and thriving youngsters into his midfield, Euro 2012 would be a perfect opportunity.


Rooney and Defoe will no doubt make the cut. Both of them should be complimented by a ‘taller’ counterpart, so Crouch and Andy Carroll would be the most obvious choices alongside them. Carroll might just get his chance without Heskey and Kevin Davies getting on a bit!

Capello. Your move.

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  • Dexylongshot

    Gareth Barry would be no where near the plane if i was in fabios hotseat, he has been shocking for England in recent games

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