Thursday, May 25, 2006

World Cup 2006 - My England line up - 14 days 18 hours to go...

I'm really beginning to believe that losing Rooney may be a blessing in disguise.
For years England have had an unbelievably talented midfield that is almost unplayable because it has 4 of the greatest attacking midfielders in the world: Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard & Joe Cole.

Losing Rooney means England now only have very limited striking roles and the likelihood is that Owen will start as a lone striker.
Which means we can finally play the 4 behind him, with either Gerrard or Lampard pushing up to support Owen.
All we need is a great holding midfielder to balance having 4 attacking midfielders. I always thought it would be Ledley King but with his injury lets try Michael Carrick.

So... my England team:
In 4-5-1 formation:


Gary Neville
Ashley Cole
John Terry
Jamie Carragher (way in front of either Rio Ferdinand or Sol Campbell)

Michael Carrick (in the holding role)
Joe Cole
Frank Lampard
David Beckham
Steven Gerrard (pushing up to play as practically a second striker)

Michael Owen

Then after 55 or 60 minutes, throw Peter Crouch on to seriously throw the defense into turmoil.
Just my luck if Rooney makes a full recovery now.

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