Fabio Capello's Choice: How Will England Line Up Against Montenegro?
There were a couple of interesting decisions as Fabio Capello revealed his squad for the game against Montenegro, most notably Bolton captain Kevin Davies and a recall for bungling keeper Robert Green.
The squad is as follows:
Joe Hart (Man City), Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Robert Green (West Ham United)
Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Joe Cole (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Adam Johnson (Man City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
What formation and who should fill it?
I think it's fair to imagine Capello will start with a solid foundation and introduce younger players later in the game as England (presumably and hopefully) dominate the Montenegro side.
Glen Johnson Rio Ferdinand John Terry Ashley Cole
Aaron Lennon Steven Gerrard Gareth Barry Joe Cole
Peter Crouch Wayne Rooney
A fairly conservative system which should have few problems against a significantly weaker Montenegro side. Perhaps based on form, Rooney and possibly the Liverpool players could be replaced, but they are so cemented into the England setup that I simply cannot see it happening. I fully expect Rooney to make way at some point though, and then it will be between Bent and Davies to step up.
The right wing position is something of a guess since there are several players capable of playing there. Adam Johnson has certainly been in good form and may deserve a chance to start, and he has certainly not disappointed on England duty so far.
I also expect Wilshire to play a role. He has been excellent for Arsenal and if he continues to improve he will have a big England future.
There will be those who will ask whether or not this is a good game with which to start the England youngsters like Johnson and Wilshire, as well as a time to experiment with the players likely to take over the CB roles as both Ferdinand and Terry are slowing.
Hopefully Capello is equally concerned and just maybe he will field a more youthful side, and follow in German footsteps by blooding youngsters with full confidence.
Unfortunately I fear that this will most likely not be the case.
There will also be those who take issue that in a game in which England are such heavy favourites, there is less adventure with the squad itself. The likes of Scott Dann, Andy Carroll, and other English talents who are overlooked by Capello. There are of course always friendlies, but there is a very limited threat posed by the team rated 40th in the world.
Who would you have liked to have seen called up for this game, and is Capello right to stick with a "tried and tested" formula? Let me know below.
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