Five England Players Who Need To Impress

We'd like a lot more than five of Roy Hodgson's squad to enjoy brilliant tournaments in Brazil, but Matt Stanger says these choices need to impress more than most...

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giggsmania (Manchester United) says...

bright and edgy (Manchester City): Don't let your club bias cloud your judgement on Wellbeck will you!! Perhaps you didn't watch the Man Utd Vs Bayern Munich Games this season, nor the Real Madrid games last season. Nor his goal against City (I suppose that was a big game), nor his goals in tournament football!! Wellbeck has consistently proven that he plays better in the very biggest games, end of. I'd be the first to admit that Milner has done so also, this season, as did Adam Johnson and Craig Bellamy before them and Milner deserves to be in with a shout, but I suppose you don't care, cos he's leaving City at the end of the season to play full back for Arsenal...what a joke..!

Posted 4:56pm 10th June 2014

giggsmania (Manchester United) says...

Sterling is a fine player, but all those calling for Rooney and Wellbeck to be ousted in favour of players that are in no way proven to be superior are Liverpool fans, ABU's or numpties that think their Utd fans...Rooney and Wellbeck are our two most experienced attackers in terms of tournament football, and have the best goals to games ratio in the entire squad. Show pony Sturridge may well have bagged a few goals for Liverpool, with Suarez laying it on a plate, but at international level he will have fewer chances to messup a clear goalscoring opportunity by making the wrong decision or being a greedy git. Sterling perhaps should be in the team, but it should be a choice between Sterling, Sturridge or Lallana. Wellbeck and Rooney absolutely no doubt about that, with Sterling being the other attacker.

Posted 4:52pm 10th June 2014

nellyknows (Arsenal) says...

chelseablue_no1 so if Chelsea had 11 Englishmen we would be world beaters. If only Roy Hodgson knew the formula, Chelsea player = good, not Chelsea = bad!

Posted 3:21pm 9th June 2014

Synergy says...

The real problem with England is that they continue to cling to names, rather than promote and back youth. Look at the amount of press, the dropping of Cole has gotten. This is a player who has been replaced by his club team by a right back. Yes he was once great, but given his club coach doesn't trust him enough, why should the English coach?

Secondly I would love to see Barkley play ahead of Gerrard in a 3 man midfield alongside Wilshire & Henderson. Play Sterling and Lallana on the wings, with Sturridge upfront. Gives England a mobile midfield that has creativity and can press and pass, an inform striker & creative wingers. And play the way Pool played as a counter attacking team.

No England would not win the cup with this lineup, but would be fun to watch & young players would get much needed experience on the big stage. Currently expect a turgid defensive gameplan and then being booted by a single goal or penalties (assuming they score enough to get past the groups).

Posted 7:50am 9th June 2014

tokyojoker (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

'Sturridge.... against Peru was useless, great goal aside' Surely as a striker his job is to score, seeing as he did that, then not a useless performance surely? If we play 2 strikers each game and both score 1 goal each and then do nothing for the rest of the game, we'd be laughing.

Posted 11:00am 7th June 2014

bobsy (Liverpool) says...

welbeck hopefully has nothing to prove as he won't be on the pitch

Posted 5:20pm 6th June 2014

shockmaster (Liverpool) says...

Damn those stupid Fantasy Football stats that strikers and attacking midfielders are judged on like goals scored and created tonyv. What use are they in football? Shame Sturridge didn't score in big games against the likes of Man U, Arsenal and Everton. Oh... We'll see what Sturridge and possibly Lallana (did you notice he was rubbish before he was linked with Liverpool?) can do in the Champions League next season. We won't see if Welbeck can repeat his Champions League heroics next season because he was one of many reasons why Man U weren't good enough to qualify.

Posted 1:24pm 6th June 2014

shockmaster (Liverpool) says...

On a totally different note, surprised Johnson didn't get a mention. He's been largely poor for club and country all season, but it's difficult to see him being dropped for anyone else in the squad.

Posted 1:22pm 6th June 2014

bright and edgy (Manchester City) says...

As far as Welbeck is concerned, yeah his England record isn't all that bad but before everyone starts dancing in the streets it would be wise to recognise that the opposition has been nothing special, Belgium being the toughest opposition he's scored against by a stretch. Yeah goals are what count but I certainly won't be expecting Welbeck to be anything other than completely average when the big teams come to town.

Posted 12:36pm 6th June 2014

jelasfirsttouch (Everton) says...

But what about Ross Barkely! He has so much to prove, gives the ball away too much etc... First article I've seen since Wednesday that not referenced the match

Posted 12:25pm 6th June 2014

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