reply to post by Peruvianmonk
I like Gerard and Parker together in the centre.
I'd start with Young wide on the left, Walcott on the right and Wellbeck and Carroll up front in the temporary absence of Rooney.
Unfortunately we aren't that blessed with talent and skill at present so I don't think we can realistically play anything too different from 4-4-2 or
The goalkeeper and back four more or less pick themselves now......I really think that's our weak spot.......Terry has always been found out against
top class opposition and Lescott, whilst being solid enough, is unspectacular and not top drawer.
I was more than prepared to offer Hodgson my support etc and realise that he's had almost no time whatsoever to prepare for this tournament but his
handling of the 'Rio' situation has proven what many suspected - that he is nothing but a FA 'Yes man' and his squad replacements selections can only
be described as baffling.
Personally if selection was based purely on footballing reasons then I would select Ferdinand before Terry every time.
Whilst there is no doubting Terry's commitment he is slow and get's caught out of position far too often against top class opposition.
Ferdinand is a better reader of the game, whilst not as fast as he was he is still faster and more mobile than Terry, and he is a far better
footballer who can bring the ball out of defence.
Subsequent events have made a mockery of Hodgson's statement that Ferdinands non-selection was for 'footballing reasons'.
Hodgson should at least have the decency and honesty to state that it's because the FA are pissed off with Rio's brother for taking Terry to court,
(and that is by no means a personal endorsement of Anton Ferdinand's action ora criticism of terry etc).
When Barry, a midfielder, had to withdraw from the squad he was replaced with a centre half in Phil Jagielka....then Lampard was replaced with the
remarkably mediocre and under-achieving Jordan Henderson and then the baffling replacement for centre half Cahill with Liverpool second string Martin
Kelly, who is a definate good prospect for the future but.....?????
I'm not too sure of his fitness etc but if fit I would have liked to have seen Tom Cleverley called up.
He has had a great season with Man Utd and has emerged as a quality midfielder with a great future.
If he is unfit then Michael Carrick should have been called up.
I feel sorry for Kelly who has been needlessly placed under an enormous amount of pressure.
What I can't understand is even if we accept the Rio decision was made for footballing reasons why wasn't Micah Richards called up?
He's had a good season at Man City, can play at right back and centre half and has never let England down whenever selected.
His omission is quite unbelievable.
All in all a disappointing start to Hodgson reign and it doesn't bode well for England.
I can accept the boring 1-0 victories.
I could accept a poor performance in the Euro Championship as he starts to find his way in the job and build up for the next World Cup etc.
But I can't accept his baffling squad selection and his apparent blind acceptance of FA dictates and policy.
It's time for strong and decisive leadership not mild mannered submissiveness.
Apologies to everyone for the rant like nature of the post - just venting some frustration......I'll still be cheering for England no matter what,
(but I also have a nice little slip with Russia at 25/1 on it!
edit on 6/6/12 by Freeborn because: Add ETA