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Producer Will Producer Will | 14:33 UK time, Thursday, 23 February 2012

Life must go on, and despite the England national football team being managerless, there is still a major international competition coming up in four months and a visit from Holland to Wembley to deal with – the squad for which was announced today by caretaker Stuart Pearce.

The headlines throw up the return of Steven Gerrard and the inclusion of un-capped Fraizer Campbell, but there are three other issues which grabbed the initial thoughts of 606ers on Facebook and Twitter.

1 – Stewart Downing and Theo Walcott
Despite the likes of Englishmen like Stanley Matthews defining what a winger should be they have caused a bit of a problem in the England set up of late – particularly down the left.

A number of you are upset both Downing and Walcott have been included based on their current poor club form. GavScottSR87 on Twitter cites information like this to support his argument. 



Why hasn’t Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain been given an opportunity (he is in the Under 21s squad) and why are the likes of Aaron Lennon often overlooked?

2 – Why is Wayne Rooney in the squad?
After his rush of blood against Montenegro, Wayne Rooney is banned for the first two games of the Euros (reduced from three) and therefore should England – whoever is in charge now and in June – use this friendly to experiment with a front line minus the Manchester United striker?

His inclusion doesn’t mean he’ll take any part in the actual game, but are you convinced by the rest of the forwards – Darren Bent, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell (with 16 caps between them).

3 – Micah Richards
A lot of people indicated their happiness with the inclusion of Richards in the England squad because of his impressive form at the back for Manchester City.

The defender has already made 12 appearances for England – but where could he fit in? Can he shake of the challenges from Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker to play right back or will he slot into the middle given the absence of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.

Let us know what you think about this England squad and whether they have a chance against Holland or the Euros here and on Facebook.


  • Comment number 1.

    On the first point about Walcott & Downing, well niether of them fill me with excitement, especially Downing, he`s just too slow and inaccurate to be a great winger.
    My choice would be Aaron Lennon, he`s in good form for Spurs and he scores more goals than the other two combined. Another choice is Adam Johnson, he`s equally adept on the left or right and is a better option than Downing for sure.
    Wayne Rooney should not be in the squad, simples! If he`s there to make up the numbers, then what does that say for the likes of Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch`s England careers, if a player that is clearly going to play no part, is picked ahead of them?
    Michah Richards is the best right back in Britain (if not Europe) at the moment and should hopefully cement the position in the Holland game. i`d put Kyle Walker and Phil Jones ahead of Glen Johnson.
    As for the new caps, i hope Tom Cleverley get a start as i see him and Jack Wilshire as the future midfield pairing for England, Or maybe even in the Euros if they are both fit, why not?
    I don`t know much about Frasier Campbell, i remember him as a youth at Man Utd and i think he went to Spurs but never really saw much of him, he certainly didn`t make many headlines, but if Pearce rates him, then why nor give him a run out.


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