Future of World Soccer, Part I: England

| by Sports Nickel

Welcome to part one of my series on the Future of Soccer, where I will predict who we will be seeing in the future international competition.

Part I: The England National Football Team

Out Maybe Out Still In
David James Rob Green Joe Hart
Matthew Upson Ashley Cole Glen Johnson
Jamie Carragher John Terry Matthew Dawson
Ledley King Stephen Warnock Aaron Lennon
Frank Lampard Steven Gerrard James Milner
Peter Crouch Joe Cole Wayne Rooney
Emile Heskey Shaun Wright-Phillips Jermain Defoe
  Michael Carrick  


England’s World Cup didn’t quite measure up to the expectations that come with their national team.  As the inventor of the sport, many would expect to see a much better team every four years.  But that just hasn’t been the case as England have only won one World Cup trophy, and even that trophy came on home soil back in 1966 when the perfectors of the game (Brazil) were without star man Pele.  In any case, things didn’t go to plan for England this time around.  Fabio Capello brought professionalism to a team that has long needed a little and brought a new sort of attitude.  But even he couldn’t make a good hand out of the cards that he was given.  Without a true class goalkeeper or defensive midfielder, England struggled mightily.  They relied on the likes of Lampard to play defense, and it just didn’t work out.  A few players will stick around and help try to build this side back into a true title contender.  How can they do this?  They have to look to youth.  The Germans did so, and look where it got them!  So without further adieu I’m going to unveil my suggestion for the 2014 version of the England National Team.

Joe Hart


Micah Richards                    Ryan Shawcross                        Gary Cahill                     Leighton Baines

X                                             X                                            X                                         X

Fabrice Muamba


James Milner


Aaron Lennon                                                                                                              Adam Johnson

X                                                                                                                                 X

Wayne Rooney- C


Gabriel Agbonlahor


This line-up would give England the things that it was missing in South Africa.  They bring in a very good goalkeeper who has started to make a name for himself at Birmingham City of late.  If Hart continues at that pace, then he will be the first world-class keeper from England in a very long time.  They also bring in youth at the back, and this will allow them to not worry about injury and fitness problems.  These players are also very physical.  Muamba is a fine holding midfielder for Bolton right now, and I feel that he is ready to take the next step to being an international player.  These key positions must be filled by class players, and these are the best England have for right now.

Tomorrow:  Argentina!

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