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England’s New Team for 2012

July 4th, 2010 by · 2 Comments · Features

After all the recriminations of the last two weeks the future needs to start now.  As Capello will be the manager for the next major tournaments in 2012 and 2014 the rebuilding needs a radical approach.

One of the most important aspects will be the first team experience needed to mould a young team, a team that grows up together. With that in mind he should immediately discard the senior players that will be too old to play a part in those tournaments.

Goodbye then to David James, John Terry, Ferdinand, Gerrard and Lampard. Goodbye also to the bit part players; Upson, Heskey, Joe Cole, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Crouch and Defoe. Sad to see you go but you’ve had 12 years and have failed every major test.

The cupboard is pretty bare but there is a nucleus of young players that can develop during the qualification for Euro 2012. The bright prospects of the current U17 squad can then be added to the mix as they mature. Here’s our stab at a squad for the qualifying campaign. Opponents will be Wales, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro. Games start in the first week of September.

  • Goalkeeper – Joe Hart
  • Defence – Nathaniel Clyne, Chris Smalling, Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Michael Dawson, Kieran Gibbs
  • Midfield – Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshire, Jack Rodwell, Adam Johnson, James Milner
  • Forwards – Wayne Rooney, Connor Wickham, Josh McEachran, Danny Welbeck

We’d love to hear your views.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • andy

    Good call maybe keep joe cole you never know when hes gonna change the game. He dfidnt get much of a chance in the world cup.

    2 years is enough to get the kids mature and use to playing with each other.

    Goodbye to the “golden generation” who are more interested in Wags and ££££`S

    Come on England!

  • The Editor


    Me fears that Joe Cole’s time has passed – although I think he deserved a chance.

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