With Euro 2012 fast approaching, it seems that everyone has a differing opinion on who should start for Fabio Capello’s side in the summer. The following is my take on who, I believe, should figure in England’s strongest team. The side includes Wayne Rooney, who although suspended, will travel and will return to the team later in the tournament.
GK: Joe Hart: The undisputed number one. He travels and he starts.
DR: Micah Richards: Not certain of a place in the squad let alone the starting team, but his performances for Manchester City this season means he gets my nod at right-back.
DC: Phil Jones/Rio Ferdinand: The versatile defender has the pace and movement to cope with Europe’s best and also has the ball playing ability to spread the play. However, if Ferdinand proves his fitness this season, he starts.
DC: John Terry: It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons for Terry, on or off the field, but he remains the skipper and therefore his place is not in doubt.
DL: Ashley Cole: Much like Terry, Cole hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons, but he is far and away the best left back England posses and therefore starts.
CM: Jack Wilshere: Hasn’t played any football this season, but is due back in February, giving him four months of match practice. He has to start.
CM: Scott Parker: The Tottenham midfielder has had a simply stunning season and his ability to break up play is just what England need.
CM: Steven Gerrard: Suffered with injuries this term, but in my opinion is, on his day, the best attacking midfielder in the country. He just has to start.
AMR: Alex Chamberlain: Has just as much pace as Theo Walcott and wonderful crossing ability. If he can push on in the second half of the season, I’m backing him to become England’s wildcard.
AML: Ashley Young: Started the season in explosive form but injuries have derailed his progress. He’s proved he can cut it at this level, however, and has to start.
F: Wayne Rooney: Like him or loathe him, he is the talisman and England’s best player, it’s as simple as that.