England disappointed at a major competition yet again as they meekly bowed out to the Italians in the Euro 2012 quarter final stage. While the tactics were the major reason why England were poor against Italy, the squad picked for the Euros was also inappropriate to a degree.
Let us try to pick a squad that may realistically stand a chance of reaching the latter stages of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. England have the dubious distinction of not having beaten a major footballing nation in a knockout game since 1966.
One of the reasons for this may be that the players simply do not know too much about each other and find it hard blending as a team. However, there are examples at the ongoing tournament itself that make that theory vulnerable as a foregone conclusion.
Roy Hodgson did not pick a team to execute a strategy. He simply tossed a coin. How else would you justify his baffling decision to pick Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson? Moreover, these players weren't even used much. That just says it all.
Henderson and Downing perhaps requested Hodgson or "Uncle Woy" to show them around Europe. Hodgson saw Ukraine and Poland as tourist spots and befitted the performance of these two. I guess this was his way to do it without spending a penny.
Admittedly, this was a little harsh, but Hodgson had little clue with his tactics and strategy.
Let us now pick the squad of 23 that will be able to execute a strategy that may make England contenders in Brazil in two years time.