It has been revealed this afternoon that Fabio Capello will remain as England manager following a poor 2010 World Cup Finals campaign. There had been speculation about his future, but the FA confirmed today that the Italian \’remains the best man for the job’.
So, as the manager hasn’t changed, the playing staff has to. England were so bad in South Africa and the squad needs a fresh look. There is no doubt that ahead of the major tournaments in 2012 and 2014, it should be out with the old and in with the new.
Who should go and who should come in though?
Matthew Upson – Sorry, but he isn’t up to it.
Frank Lampard – 32 now and never quite done it for England.
Emile Heskey – Surely he has played his last England game?
David James – 39-years-old, even he will now know that time is up.
Jamie Carragher – Not the most successful return to international football.
Michael Carrick – Didn’t play in South Africa and needs to step aside.
Shaun Wright-Phillips – See above. Oh, he did play?
Ledley King – Shouldn’t have gone in the first place, fitness a major issue.
Joe Hart – Set to be No.1 for years to come.
Adam Johnson – Should have gone to South Africa, bright young talent.
Theo Walcott – The man who may well benefit from his 2010 exclusion.
Michael Dawson – Superb for Spurs, now it’s time for England.
Jack Wilshire – Likely to learn lots from Arsene Wenger, good prospect.
Micah Richards – A player that could be HUGE for his country.
Jack Rodwell – Maybe not straight away, but should be in ahead of 2012.
Tom Huddlestone – Big player for Under-21’s in recent years, can make step up.
These changes would give the squad a fresh look, more youth and players that are hungry to achieve at International level. Capello should build the team around Wayne Rooney and James Milner, with the additions of the above players and the experience of Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Ashley Cole.
Meanwhile, with the quarter-finals now taking place, it is nearly time to start thinking about World cup semi final betting, of which England were nowhere near being involved in.