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Euro 2012: England line-up

Discussion in 'Euro 2012 championship' started by maximilian ping, May 10, 2012.

  1. I know this is pre-empting because the squad has not been announced/season not over, but here's the team/formation i think Roy should go with. I've gone for 4-3-3 because I think that formation suits the best players we have (this is code for: we have one decent forward) and they can all multifunction in a 'total football' kind of way (optimistic), especially the middle three, who are all rounders.

    M Richards Cahill Terry A Cole

    Lampard Barry Gerrard

    Walcott Rooney A Young
  2. tommers

    tommers Yourdisco needs you

    Frank Butcher
    Audrey Roberts Maria the hairdresser Phil Mitchell
    David Ginola H from Steps Robbie Williams Rupert the fucking Bear Noddy
    Trevor Macdonald Giant Haystacks.

    I've gone for the big man up front. Trevor's in the Messi role.
  3. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Seriously?! :D
  4. Balbi

    Balbi Hey, Dean Yager!


    G.Johnson Rio Cahill A.Cole

    ------- Parker ---------

    Cleo ------------Young

    right now, that'd be it
  5. superb choice and good luck with your selection
  6. yes. its crazy but they are our best midfielders and so they should just play in midfield
  7. Scholes instead of Lampard/Barry....
  8. Balbi

    Balbi Hey, Dean Yager!

    Gerrard needs a footballer to play next to him and tell him to stick to his job.
  9. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Firstly, I would contend that they're not our best midfielders (though I would also concede at this point I'm struggling to come up with anyone better, but that doesn't mean there aren't any, just that my head is fuzzy).

    Secondly, picking a team isn't just about picking the best individual players, it's about picking the players which best fit the best system. This has been England's problem for years - we pick players, not a team, and hope to god they luck upon something.
  10. Carroll not going i don't reckon
  11. Balbi

    Balbi Hey, Dean Yager!

    Carroll's hit form - I could see Hodgson taking him. Crouch is almost a cert.
  12. I agree, but i think 4-3-3 is a more elastic system that suits players who are clever enough to know when to defend/attack
  13. That's what my team is based on, avoiding the 'we have to bring Carroll/Crouch/Bent/Davies because we need a number 9' way of thinking. i think Young/Rooney/Walcott all goal scorers, no need for number 9. I'm not trying to be Barca here, just trying to find best system for best players
  14. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    Carroll based on not being shit for a game and half an hour? Lampard/Gerrard yet again?

    Let's be honest England aren't going to do very well whatever but if I had to pick a team from what's available I'd try:

    Cole Cahill Lescott Richards
    Parker Barry
    Young Oxlade-Chamberlain Walcott
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  15. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    I like the look of that City-centric side.
    Deffo have Lescott in there, and Barry, but I suspect Roy will be more a 4-4-2 guy.
  16. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure precisely of my team, but I wouldn't bother even taking Terry, Ferdinand, Lampard or Gerrard. England haven't a hope in hell of winning the thing, so what purpose would they serve in the long term? Yes they've got experience of major tournaments, but it's hardly covered in glory.
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  17. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    'Experience of underachieving in major tournaments' is what they've got.
  18. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    I like how it's almost massive bell-end free :) (obviously Cashley and Wayne are so far ahead of their competitor as to make them undroppable, even in a tool-free XI)
  19. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I suppose Walcott's worth playing to capitalise on that invaluable experience he got in Germany in 2006. :rolleyes:
  20. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    Can't even remember what happened in 2006 except that it was disappointing. Is that the one when he never played?
  21. Corax

    Corax Read my blog you bastards.

    I can't believe people are picking What's-A-Gareth-Barry-For
  22. Some young'uns should come too: O-Chamberlain, Wellbeck, Sturridge, P Jones, Johnson
  23. And Sturridge to start in first two games instead of Rooney
  24. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    good enough to play almost every game for the likely league champions in the centre of midfield, plus not an utter cunt. That's got to get you in surely?
  25. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    While I'd agree, I think there's very little chance Hodgson would do it. He's already got the press waiting for him to slip up, if he doesn't take any of their darlings and then England fail to win the tournament he'll be absolutely crucified.

    Aside from Hart, and possibly Cole, I really don't know what first XI I'd field, and that's actually quite an unusual feeling for me.
  26. Corax

    Corax Read my blog you bastards.

    He's surrounded by exceptional players at Citeh, so can get away with being one dimensional. For England, he's surrounded by mediocrity...!
  27. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    4-3-3 will get us massivly overrun in midfield like we did against Germany in the last world cup. I suspect Roy will pack the midfield and make us hard to beat. Probably some sort of 4-2-3-1, although its not a formation that'd suit Rooney particuarly.

    I reckon he'll go with something like

    Richards Terry Cahill Cole
    Parker Barry
    Walcott Young
    Lampard or Gerrard
    Rooney (Welbeck for the first couple of games)

    For me I'd like to see Adam Johnson and Carrol given a bit of a go. I like the way Carrol has finished the season and he'll be fresher then a lot of others, I'd like to see Rooney playing off of Carrol and get rid of the need of either Lampard or Gerrard.
  28. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Don't totally agree with the team, but I agree completely with the sentiment. And I think a team like this or similar could do better than one with the failed old stagers in it. I'm particularly surprised by the lack of calls for Gerrard to be dropped. He showed what England could expect from him when up against it in the WC - brainless, idiotic, vainglorious, and utterly ineffective attempts to do everything himself.
  29. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    But wouldn't that be a bit like his appointment? Seems to me (totally anecdotally) that most football fans were far more well disposed to his appointment than the media. I reckon dropping the failed generation (apart from Cole - he's the one I'd keep - cunt that he is, he's still the best at what he does) would receive a fair bit of support, just as it is on here.
  30. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I don't know, I always wonder if this sort of thing suffers from being a bit of an echo-chamber, whichever side of the fence you fall on. We tend to frequent sites/papers/pubs that reflect our own views, so of course we hear people who (broadly) agree with us. I'm pretty sure there are many tabloid-readers who would agree with those papers they read.

    And at any rate, it's almost unimportant what support Hodgson gets from football fans, it's the media that can shout the loudest.

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