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Micah Richards, the best right-back in the Premier League, didn’t even get a look-in with Fabio Capello at the reins.
But the Italian selected an aging David Beckham, who didn’t score a goal and only provided one assist in 16 appearances.
Even without Capello, you look at Stuart Pearce’s 25-man squad to face the Netherlands and you just have to shout out: “Where’s the Ox?”
In the Premier League, Stewart Downing has scored zero goals from 49 shots and provided no assists from 144 crosses.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has more talent in his opposite foot than Downing has in his entire body.
It’s astonishing how Pearce, the under-21 manager, is too scared to call up Chamberlain.
What’s Fraizer Campbell doing in the squad?
If Pearce wanted to go for a left-field selection, he should have called up Danny Graham or Gary Hooper, who are actually scoring goals.
Joleon Lescott can actually defend whereas Gary Cahill can’t, but somehow Cahill is selected over Lescott.
It’s no surprise that in Chelsea’s two most important games of the season (so far), with Cahill starting, the team conceded six goals.
The goalkeeper position is a moot point because Joe Hart is the undisputed No. 1. But, instead of going for Scott Carson as a reserve, why not give Fraser Forster a chance?
Positions in the national team should be granted on form—which isn’t reflected by some of Pearce’s selections.