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My England 11
England National Football Team
Member Name: D1A1
England National Football Team
Date: 15/07/01, updated on 15/07/01 (888 review reads)
Advantages: Great players, I'd play Ferdinand where Keates is if I had to., Would be unstoppable
Ok, now you'll laugh at this team, but I usually think it's best if the players can understand what they're being told by their team mates, hence, I'll give you 11 of the best English players whom I feel are world class.
"Avant sur la line! Vite! Mon dieu..." "You wah mate?"
By the way, I will not play a 4-4-2, I'll confuse things and use a 3-4-1-2, just to be awkward.
There are many fantastic keepers in England, but then most of them are foreign, so I'll have to select a keeper based on his form at one of the most improved clubs in the country, and in fact the world - Paul Robinson would be my choice. He kept his cool for Leeds when they were several players down through injury and he proved that he's one of the best young keepers in the world, and will almost certainly become an England regular. Move over Nigel, Mr Robinson is the man.
Right centre back:
As we have three defenders here, I'm going to have to select a player that many of you may or may not have heard of, he's young, incredibly fast and is a great buy on Championship Manager... Dean Keates is a super star. In real life he's one of the freshest young talents in the business (yep, football is now a business) and I can for see him being an England player within the next few years. Plays for Walsall, I think, I'd put him in this England 11.
Centre Centre back:
There're many superb central defenders in England, many as strong as an ox (probably a very small ox), and some who have superb precision when tackling (Jaap Stam), great shooting skills and a goal scoring ability (i.e. Matt Elliot) and some who can combine a vast range of skills and attributes making them the obvious choice. I'll have to pick Sol Campbell as I agree with Bandy - he's one of the best in the world, he knows it - hence £20million in four years, and there isn
39;t a striker alive that doesn't fear him when playing. Top defender, hope he settles in for Arsenal well.
Left Centre back:
The well known fact that there are less left handed people compared to right handed people is also true when it comes to football, in terms of which side you are - right footed or left, or both, but I'm again going to have to select an Arsenal player, someone who performed the most amazing sliding challenge I have ever witnessed in my life, and that player is Ashley Cole. He'll be a regular England full team international and he's already shown he can score, run and make sublime tackles. Fresh talent from Arsenal, there isn't a better English left back.
I could tell you in two words: David Beckham. But I'll explain why as well. Despite having a limited vocabulary he's one of our finest sports people in the world - an astounding set piece taker, Beckham is also one of the best play makers in the country, he's a superb asset for our national squad and he'll make a great captain, as he has shown so far. With the new signings at Old Trafford, I can only see his game being improved with Veron and Van Nistlerooy joining the Champions for the 2001/2002 season. No one can take better free kicks - he's consistent, accurate and you wouldn't want to be marking him!
When it comes down to English central midfielders it takes a while to think of who would actually play there, who have we got? In my honest view I would say Steven Gerard should play in this position, if he doesn't already, as he's one of the country's best young stars with tremendous ability, strength and speed - at Liverpool he has one of the best clubs to play and develop at, a superb youth academy and a squad of naturally gifted stars. Michael Owen and Gerard in the same team? Unstoppable...
Although he's mo
re of an attacking player, I would include Paul Scholes in every single world 11, so hew should be in the England 11 for sure. I believe Scholes is the best all round England player, he's got incredible shooting skills, determination, link up play and he can actually think. You rarely see him talking to the press at the end of the game, he keeps a low profile, but Scholes is one of our best, and I mean that. So what if he's ginger! Brilliant player, he'd fit in well with this team.
Yikes, who's a left sided English midfielder? Other than Chris Powell! Ok, you won't like me for this, I don't really care though - I'd put Darren Huckerby in this position, I don't really care what he thinks about it - I know he'd make an excellent left midfielder. He's got blistering pace, superbly slick footwork and can cross the ball well. He's been moved around a lot, was incredible at Coventry, but now his status has dropped. Bring him back to the Premiership - Huckerby had a unique flare and style of play.
Attacking midfielder - central:
I'm playing a crazy formation here anyway, so I may as well just put someone like...Nick Barmby! Wah! Yep, that's right I'd play Nick Barmby there every time, simply because he's a superb footballer. He has experience, a proven goal scoring record and would support the two strikers admirably, so no one else deserves this spot more than him.
I'm tempted to put Michael Owen in this position because of his astonishing speed, finishing and age - he's young, bright and always delivers for his Merseyside club. Yes Michael Owen is every bit as good as they said he was back in 1998 - remember that goal against Argentina in the Quarterfinal? No? Well you should because it was stunning. Owen practically single handily won Liverpool the FA Cup scoring 2 late goals, outpacing the entire Arsenal defence, the awake o
nes anyway. Owen is still young and already has a wealth of experience behind him. Top player.
Perhaps not an obvious choice, but being a Blackburn devotee I would put the brilliant Matt Jansen in the other striker position, ahead of players like Fowler, Heskey, Cole and Alan Smith. Why? Because it's my team and my decision! No really, Matt Jansen vowed to play in the Premiership this forthcoming season, and he's made it possible with a promotion with Blackburn. He can score from every angle, again is very fast indeed, and has one of the best volleys in the game.
There you go! That's my World 11 with English players only - cheers.