The Ultimate England Thread Watch
Would replace Bridge with Cole. How can you put Cole ahead of Bridge when Bridge is a lot better than him? If you want A Cole you can put him on the same side as Bridge and move J Cole on the other, as has happened three times at Chelsea. Also, I'm not sure SWP will be playing on the wing for England these days.
Robert Green doesn't get picked again? But Kirkland does!?
My point is that when he's paying well not many full backs can stop him. You said Valente had him in his back pocket. Well he did in a sense but thats not down to Valente's outstanding play, Lennon just didn't show up that day. Your making it out that Lennon played crap due to Valentes play which simply isn't true. i don't know why your fixating on that one game. My statement was quite simple and just because Lennon didn't play well in one game doesn't disprove my statement.
Richards Ferdinand Woodgate A. Cole
Bentley Hargreaves Gerrard (captain) Young
Robert Green should be in there but he's not even in the squad.
And in the future will keep a close eye on him.
James as well.
Stevie voted England's finest
Steven Gerrard will head off on international duty this week knowing England fans rate him the country's finest.
Supporters who visited TheFA.com voted Gerrard England's best player during 2007.
The Liverpool midfielder missed just one international fixture throughout the 12 months, taking his haul of caps to 63.
The year saw him wear the captain's armband on five occasions. He also scored two goals – both away in Andorra.
"It's a fantastic honour, coming from the fans makes it very special to me - I'm really proud," said Gerrard.
"The fans pay their money and come and watch us play around the world, so to get their support is great.
"There were a number of players who did really well last year. Gareth Barry came back into the team and had some great games, and Micah Richards was really consistent for someone so young, particularly with him playing in defence.
"I know the fans appreciate how well those guys have done, so to come out on top is a tremendous feeling."
Gerrard topped the poll with 22 per cent, with Man City defender Richards in second.
The Liverpool skipper began the year as captain of his country with Spain the opponents at Old Trafford and played in eleven games for the Three Lions. Gerrard would captain the side on five occasions during the year, playing in all but one of the matches in 2007 - five of them at the newly opened Wembley stadium.
"Being back at Wembley was fantastic, it's a terrific stadium and a great place to play football.
"I was lucky enough to have made my debut for England at Wembley, so it had been a long wait to play their again.
"The old ground had a lot of history and growing up it was always a place you wanted to play, now we have a modern stadium that a new generation can grow up with and in time there will be a whole new history."
You dont need to stop him because you know that his cross will either clear the backpost or hit the man at the front post
Only one of Fabio Capello's trio of goalkeepers managed a clean sheet. Chris Kirkland in Wigan's 1-0 win against West Ham. Robert Green, overlooked for Capello's squad, was the Hammers goalkeeper to concede. David James was the busiest, having to make five saves (compared to Kirkland's one, Green's two, and Scott Carson's three) in conceding one against Chelsea. Carson let in two in Fulham's from-behind victory. Paul Robinson did not feature in Spurs' draw to Manchester United.
Encouragement for Capello up front; three of his forwards scored this weekend. Peter Crouch heading home in Liverpool's second half 3-0 demolition of Sunderland, and Michael Owen also using his head to give Kevin Keegan the first goal and point of his Newcastle spell. Jermain Defoe, initally omitted, scored in an impressive debut for Portsmouth against Chelsea, and was duly brought in after injuries to Emile Heskey and Gabriel Agbonlahor. Only one of England's four forwards failed to register a goal this weekend; United's Wayne Rooney, though with six goals and seven assists in the league, he is both the top scorer and creator of Capello's four forwards.
In defence, Micah Richards continued to demonstrate his horrid man-marking ability at centre-back as his Manchester City team conceded three against leaders Arsenal. No matter; he'll probably start at right back on Wednesday. Only Everton's Joleon Lescott was clean this weekend, away to Blackburn. Wayne Bridge did not feature this weekend, as Ashley Cole returned to the Chelsea team in his place. He and the remainder of the defensive line-up each conceded one this weekend.
Joe Cole's assist with a delightful touch, and Steven Gerrard's penalty, are the most significant contributions by Capello's midfielders this weekend. Expect them both to start on Wednesday, though Cole will feature on the left despite supporting Nicholas Anelka up front on Saturday. David Bentley had an uneventful 90 minutes, Owen Hargreaves a 45 in which he was able to win but not keep possession. Jermaine Jenas was quietly impressive, Shaun Wright-Phillips on Chelsea's right flank a danger. The two conceded by Gareth Barry's Villa is the worst from the squad's midfield contingent, with only Gerrard and Bentley witnessing clean sheets. I say witnessing as they have other men doing the defending at their clubs. Ashley Young was suspended so did not feature on Sunday.