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What would you do if you managed England?


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Personally, I'd declare the golden generation a bust and go for something completely different. Not necessarily youth, but I think it's a problem that England produces all these players that aren't quite natural pass and move skilful types, but are used to playing with such players at their clubs. They don't know how to play the kind of football the player material England has dictates.

 

I'd go with:

 

Hart

Johnson-Jagielka-Lescott-Cole

Carrick-Scholes

Gerrard

Oxlaide-Rooney-Young

 

I'd pick Carrick and Scholes because they've been apart from the Team England mentality for years, have played together for years and are the two best playmakers England have. I think that change would be strong enough to overcome the massive inhibitions England dons for major tournaments and just start getting them play actual passing football of the kind these players are used to at their clubs. Think it will free the shackles from the remaining attacking players a lot to have a central midfield in there who know what they are about on the ball and will set about keeping the ball flowing better than what England will be used to.

 

Oxlaide because he is young and hasn't been tainted by the England mentality. I think his devil-may-care attitude could be a real asset. And young because he is also a pass and move type of winger who will link up and help make others better.

 

The drawbacks? Well, it's weak defensively. No two ways about that. And scholes will need subbing. But with likes of Lampard and Parker are good enough to do that. It's something different though, which I think is needed to break team England out of their shell.

 

One of Carroll or Wellbeck to sub for Rooney while suspended.

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I'd let all the players get married all the time, they could all get married to each other on the halfway line while the opposition are playing for all I care and we'll all live happily ever after in Sweden.

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Personally, I'd declare the golden generation a bust and go for something completely different. Not necessarily youth, but I think it's a problem that England produces all these players that aren't quite natural pass and move skilful types, but are used to playing with such players at their clubs. They don't know how to play the kind of football the player material England has dictates.

 

I'd go with:

 

Hart

Johnson-Jagielka-Lescott-Cole

Carrick-Scholes

Gerrard

Oxlaide-Rooney-Young

 

I'd pick Carrick and Scholes because they've been apart from the Team England mentality for years, have played together for years and are the two best playmakers England have. I think that change would be strong enough to overcome the massive inhibitions England dons for major tournaments and just start getting them play actual passing football of the kind these players are used to at their clubs. Think it will free the shackles from the remaining attacking players a lot to have a central midfield in there who know what they are about on the ball and will set about keeping the ball flowing better than what England will be used to.

 

Oxlaide because he is young and hasn't been tainted by the England mentality. I think his devil-may-care attitude could be a real asset. And young because he is also a pass and move type of winger who will link up and help make others better.

 

The drawbacks? Well, it's weak defensively. No two ways about that. And scholes will need subbing. But with likes of Lampard and Parker are good enough to do that. It's something different though, which I think is needed to break team England out of their shell.

 

One of Carroll or Wellbeck to sub for Rooney while suspended.

I'll give you a serious reply, Rooney looks great in the withdrawn striker role and Carroll is coming into some nick so I'd try and recreate what United have with a bit of what Liverpool could offer. At the back I'm afraid I've got to pick BJT as the rest of them are pretty s***. Cahill gets the nod so we get a Chelsea back 3. Midfield is going to have to work it's socks off so I'm going for Gerrard and Barry or Parker. Rooney is effectively playing the Silva role at City.

 

Hart

Johnson Cahill Terry Cole

Young Gerrard Barry/Parker Downing

Rooney

Carroll

 

If Stewie can't find big Andy's noggin then chuck on Oxbow lake for 30 mins. If big Andy is struggling chuck on Lampard and push Rooney up top. If we need to shut up shop bring on Barry/Parker for Carroll and push Gerrard behind Rooney.

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Start lowering expectations and blame my 'poor squad' on the previous incumbant. Regularly mention my vast European experience. Await questions from Scandanavian journalists with barely concealed hostility. Shift uncomfortably in my chair when asked about my time in South Africa/ Rio Ferdinand/ my time at Liverpool. Spoof details about games I claim to have watched building incorrect players into proceedings. Mention my vast experience. Regale the media with my belief in the importance of promoting youth such as Poulsen. Mention how the new Wolves manager is where he is because of me. Bad mouth odemwingie when the mood strikes me.

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