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Who would pick in England's right midfield?

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So David Beckham's chances of making it to a fourth World Cup are now over.

But where does that leave England's right midfield spot? While it is unlikely Beckham would have started in South Africa, his place in the squad now offers someone else an enticing opportunity to work their way into Fabio Capello's plans.

This is where the games begin. Based only on England's most recent outing against Egypt, you would have to think Theo Walcott is at the front of Capello's mind. But who else?

Alan Shearer says he would take Walcott as well and then add Tottenham's Aaron Lennon, if he is fit.

But that's the problem, he isn't and the noises from Spurs are not optimistic.

There's always Shaun Wright-Phillips who scored and set up a goal against Egypt. And you can add in England under-21 star Adam Johnson who scored a fantastic goal for Manchester City against Sunderland last Sunday.

But would you look elsewhere? You could plump for James Milner or even Steven Gerrard on the right. But with their all-round talents their places in the squad are nailed on.

So do you think Capello should stick with a flyer on the right wing so England can open up that side of the field? With Gerrard often picked on the left wouldn't Milner make England's midfield too narrow? And is Theo up to job after recent criticism?

So many questions but then this is the World Cup isn't it?

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posted Mar 16, 2010

Johnson/Brown, Rio, Terry, Baines

Gerrard Carrick Lampard

Walcott Rooney J.Cole

Englands biggest problem isn't who plays on the right side or at left's the form of Lampard and Gerrard who have both been having their worst seasons in a long time.

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posted Mar 17, 2010

"criticism of Theo Walcott here seems quite unfair. How many full games has he played since he's come back properly from injury? I'm talking 90 mins. Maybe 2 or 3?"

But that's the problem isn't it...people expecting him to be picked for England but can't get in the Arsenal team usually, as a result of form or injury.

We have better more experienced players.

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posted Mar 17, 2010

I don't quite understand how people are even mentioning Johnson. All he's had is half a season of football at Championship level and a handful of prem game, he scores one decent goal and thats it 'get him on the plane'.
Walcott for his pace and then we have plenty of other options who should be in the squad who can play there (Cole, Milner, Gerrard although i'd play him in middle)

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posted Mar 21, 2010

I think the two right midfielders that should be chosen are not necassarily the best two right sided midfielders but the two which will adapt to England's style of play the best and who will perform on the World's biggest stage. By saying this I'm definetely not saying the two most experienced right midfielders should be chosen but the two right midfielders who have lots of potential, confidence and will not let the importance of the World cup overwhelm them.

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comment by Stevey (U14378239)

posted Mar 23, 2010

england haven't a hope in hell of winning the world cup, pointless even discussing it.

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posted Mar 24, 2010

It's a very good question. Both Walcott & Lennon are potential match winners with their pace but selection might well come down to fitness and form at the time. I dont think Wright-Philips is in the same category here.
Milner looks a cert but I dont see him being used wide right unless we lose both Lennon & Walcott.

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posted Apr 19, 2010

I would take Lennon, Walcott and Johnson. Joe Cole too.

Lennon has been brilliant this season and should be fit in time. Walcott is the unfinished article but is a great impact player as we have seen. Johnson is one of the most technically gifted midfielders we have and can beat a player, something rare amongst English players!

Joe Cole has that spark and has plenty of England experience. His movement is superb too.

I'm wary of the fact that I'm picking 4 players, when everyone else is picking 2.. Though Cole can obviously play in the middle as well..

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posted Apr 25, 2010

Capello's team:

Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand, Cole
Lennon, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard
Rooney, Heskey

Our Team:
Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand, Cole
Lennon, Lampard, Milner
Zamora, Rooney

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posted May 7, 2010

my team

Any other season i would use gerrard but he has been terrible this season.

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