Would we all want the chance to be England manager? Many in the past have called it a poisoned chalice. Others, ‘the greatest job in the world’. Personally, I would love to have a go. I have my UEFA B coaching badge and have coached at Academy level, so the idea of being the ‘gaffer’ really appeals to me. Would you be able to quell the ego’s of the modern day footballer? Could you motivate a bunch of grown men that already have everything? The idea really does appeal to me, I would love to put my own stamp on a team and go through the high’s and low’s of management. Be there as the front man to deal with the press, with club managers, WAG’s (they would be at home!) and deal with the pressure of being in the hottest seat in management. Bring it on is what I say!
The real squad has of course just landed in Poland ahead of the Euro’s, with a new manager in charge, Roy Hodgson. Typically he is already being lamented for choices he has made, particularly in the exclusion of Rio Ferdinand. The press in our country very rarely gets behind any manager or squad of players and it seems we are heading that way again. Roy has picked his squad and will pick his team one game at a time, let us all get behind him and them for a change. Whatever his reasons are for leaving Rio at home they are his reasons and he believes in them; so should we.
So, if you had the chance to pick the England team for Friday’s opener against France, who would you select? This selection can be free of suspension and injuries.
Join the debate, stick your neck on the line, who would make your starting XI? I have been asked by some fellow bloggers at Best British Bloggers to pick my XI, they are working in partnership with Bwin, the online gambling company, who currently sponsor Real Madrid. Many bloggers are being asked to pick their England XI ahead of the Euros.
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So without further ado, here would be my starting XI v France, minus injuries and suspensions. Do you agree?
Playing a 4-1-3-2 formation :
GK : JOE HART (Man City) easily the best keeper we have right now, a top stopper for any team throughout the world.
RB : KYLE WALKER (Spurs) has pace in abundance. Can get forward and get back and cause problems in the attacking half. A top class full back with a bright future who is a very able defender.
LB : ASHLEY COLE (Chelsea) no matter what you think of him personally, he is Mr Reliable. A tough tackling defender who can keep any tricky winger quiet.
CB : GARY CAHILL (Chelsea) one for the future but has already shown what a potential superstar he could be. Reads the game very well and has fantastic technical ability for a centre back.
CB : PHIL JONES (Man Utd) another one with bags of potential. Is much better in central positions than out wide. Again, is good going forward. Brave, strong and a typical English defender.
DM : SCOTT PARKER (Spurs) has always been a reliable and steady performer. Does a great job breaking the play up. Simple but effective.
CM : STEVEN GERRARD (Liverpool) is still a top player and can pull the strings for my side. Has bags of ability and a real handful when going forward. My captain.
LM : ADAM JOHNSON (Man City) is the most gifted left sided player we have had in over twenty years in my opinion. Is a real handful and has the ability to deliver some fantastic crosses.
RM : ASHLEY YOUNG (Man Utd) has really improved over the past couple of years and is now international class. Bags of ability and a handful when running with the ball. Again more quality supplies for the front two!
CF : WAYNE ROONEY (Man Utd) a game winner, a world beater! The one player every other manager would want in his team. Is at times unplayable, wears his heart on his sleeve and a real talisman. First name on the list!
CF : DANNY WELBECK (Man Utd) has shown this season he has developed into a high class player. Works very well with Rooney, kept Berbatov and Hernandez out the Man Utd squad. A special talent that will be fearless and fearsome!
So, there you have it, my England XI. Do you agree? Do you disagree? I’d like to hear your thoughts so please respond to the blog. Whatever happens though let us all get behind our team over the next month and hope they can do us proud. COME ON ENGLAND!