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Who will be in the England starting 11?

Saturday, June 12, 2010
England team, with Heskey showing what he does best.

Much has been said of England winning the World Cup this year, and their first game today against the USA gives them a chance to show other teams what they are capable of. The question is, who will play? Capello says he knows the starting 11, but nobody else does.

There are a few certainties of who will play. Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry for example are all nearly guaranteed to play. Meanwhile at left back Ashley Cole should be chosen, the same applies for Glen Johnson at right back. Who will get the nod in goals is interesting. Personally I think it will be Rob Green, but is could easily be David James or Joe Heart. At centre back John Terry is a certainty, but who will partner him? Injury ravaged Ledley King, emergency replacement Michael Dawson, Jamie Carragher or Matthew Upson. My vote is Ledley King, even with his injury problems a quality centre back.

The midfield should be interesting. Whilst Gerrard and Lampard are nearly 100% going to play, there are many players fighting for a spot. Aaron Lennon gets my vote on the right. I still think Walcott would have been the best candidate, and Lennon is a similar type of player. Quick, direct and has plenty of skill. If Capello decides to play five men in midfield then I expect Milner to get the nod ahead of an over-rated Carrick, with Joe Cole on the left. If he plays 4-4-2, then I would think he would leave Milner out, considering he missed training during the week.

Up front we all know Rooney is going to play, its who will partner him that we all want to know. Crouch, Heskey and Defoe are all fighting for a starting spot. My vote is for Crouch. He has proven he can play at an international level ( 21 goals in 38 appearances), and his height and ability to hold up the ball and bring other players into play would prove very handy.

I'm looking forward to England match against USA tonight. It will be interesting to see if England live up to the hype. USA aren't a bad team. Some decent players, Donovan and Dempsey, could cause England some problems. My prediction, England 2-1 USA.


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