My Mission Impossible : Making an England XI Outside the Top Four

Salaar Shamsi@SalaarizationSenior Writer INovember 19, 2008

It's not the easiest thing in the world to pick an England XI without picking players from England elite clubs i.e. Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea. But I've decided that if Fabio Capello can't then I can!

What would you do without the luxury of picking Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard?

Don Fabio, I've slid in some substitute options and that's right, No Gerrard, No Lampard, No Terry, No Ferdinand, and No Rooney.

Goal Keeper : David James (Portsmouth)

Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Right Back : Glen Johnson (Portsmouth)

Luke Young (Aston Villa)

Center Back : Micah Richards (Manchester City)

Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur)

Center Back : Joleon Lescott (Everton)

Matthew Upson (West Ham United)

Left Back : Nicky Shorey (Aston Villa)

Leighton Baines (Everton)

Right Midfield : Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur)

Shaun Wright Phillips (Manchester City)

Center Midfield : Jimmy Bullard (Fulham)

Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur)

Centre Midfield : Gareth Barry (Aston Villa)

Scott Parker (West Ham United)

Left Midfield : Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)

Right Forward : Darren Bent (Tottenham Hotspur)

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)

Left Forward : Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)

Emile Heskey (Wigan Athletic)

Ben Foster, Tom Huddlestone, Ledley King, Anton Ferdinand, Kevin Nolan, James Milner and Peter Crouch came quite close.

Michael Owen and Sol Campbell were not considered.


What changes would you make?

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