Monday, May 17, 2004

Eriksson names England squad for Portugal 2004

I'm so disappointed in this squad.

Goalkeepers: David James (Man City), Paul Robinson (Tottenham), Ian Walker (Leicester)
Calamity James and two keepers from teams that got relegated (Robinson played for Leeds till a week ago), and Man City were mighty close to going down too. Have to admit not much better out there...

Defenders: Gary Neville (Man Utd), Phil Neville (Man Utd), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Sol Campbell (Arsenal), John Terry (Chelsea), Ledley King (Tottenham), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool).

King in defense! He plays for Spurs, they let in 57 goals! Should have gone for Fulham's Zat Knight. Phil Neville only played for Man Utd this season 'cos of Forgetful Ferdinand and all the injuries.

Midfielders: David Beckham (Real Madrid), Paul Scholes (Man Utd), Nicky Butt (Man Utd), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Kieron Dyer (Newcastle), Joe Cole (Chelsea)

Nicky Butt in the squad when he hardly plays for United anymore - he had just 12 starts - and he looks likely to start for England according to various media bods! I'd have Sean Davis in the squad, and use Dyer or Hargreaves as first choice. Also Sean knows the diamond that Sven is apparently looking at and Sean Davis has scored 5 from midfield even though he missed a chunk of the season, Butt has scored just the once. Forgetting my Fulham bias for just one minute, then pick Parker Chelsea or Kevin Nolan from Bolton, he's scored a bunch of goals this season, why isn't he listed?

Strikers: Michael Owen (Liverpool), Emile Heskey (Liverpool), Darius Vassell (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Everton).

I think Rooney is over rated, and Heskey is only useful as a battering ram. He only has 7 goals for Liverpool. Why not Beattie? Everton scored 45 goals this season, of which Rooney scored 9 (and none in any other competitions.) For Southampton Beattie has scored 14 and Kevin Philips 13. Plus they won't have the attitude problem Rooney has (11 yellow cards). Even Andy Cole has 11 goals.

Standby: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Richard Wright (Everton), Matthew Upson (Birmingham), Gareth Southgate (Middlesbrough), Scott Parker (Chelsea), Alan Smith (Leeds).

Alan Smith, 9 goals, side relegated, he's got 9 yellow cards too! Gareth Southgate is injured, not match fit. Jason Euell from Charlton has 10 goals.

My god, it could have been so good, but Svens gone for the same old faces or from the same old teams, and if you're not the medias latest pet wonderboy or play for one of the big sides (historically - most of them had terrible seasons), then like a bad nightclub doorman "your names not on the list and you ain't getting in."

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