Your The Gaffer: England's XI

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IAugust 26, 2008

Don't we all wish we could pick our team's XI? When our manager gets the sack we all say, god I could have done better.

But who would you have picked differently and here in lies the problem. Its just your opinion but now Bleacher members will rate your opinion!

Fabio Capello has struggled to get his England team firing and it doesn't look like much of a change from the Steve McClaren era. How can the Italian get his side playing together in cohesion for the first time in yonks?

Why can't he get Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard playing in the same midfield together. Why can't England's strikers produce the goals when needed? And who should get the nod for goalkeeper?

Well Fabio has just been sacked after a dismal 1-0 loss to Andorra and you've been hired by the FA to turn things around. You face a tough match in Zagreb against Croatia but have every player fit and ready. The win is a must to keep qualification hopes alive and get England on the road to South Africa 2010.

You arrive in Carrington and you have the choice to name you're own squad. Yet you call 40 players you like the look of to training and will pick your first 11 and then the seven subs. So after a day of good, hard work you have to make your choices for the make and break match.

Your goalkeeping options include David James, Rob Green, Chris Kirkland, Paul Robinson, Scott Carson, Steve Harper and Manuel Almunia. Of course only two will board the flight for Zagreb but who will get the No.1 shirt for you?

The defence is looking strong with good options everywhere. Cole, Bridge, Richards, Neville, Ferdinand, Lescott, Campbell, King, Woodgate, Terry, Taylor and Wheater are the options and you can take as many as possible depending on your formation.

The midfield is usually an area for problems so who'll get your vote for the trip. Players at training included Joe Cole, Hargreaves, Gerrard, Lampard, Young, Beckham, Barry, Bentley, Walcott and James Milner. Bring as many as you like that can fit into your plans, who could counter that dangerous Croatia midfield including Modric?

The strikers have been banging the goals home in training all week but usually fail when it comes to big competitive fixtures. The lads available for selection include Rooney, Owen, Heskey, Ashton, Crouch, Defoe, Agbonlahor and Darren Bent.

It's crunch time as the press conference in half an hour and the team still needs to be picked. You're only a day into your job and this team could already define your reign.

Your the gaffer so who do you pick?