Thursday, 17 October 2013

My England World Cup 2014 Squad

Joe Hart (Man City)
John Ruddy (Norwich)
Fraser Forster (Celtic)

Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
Phil Jones (Man Utd)
Chris Smalling (Man Utd)
Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Phil Jagielka (Everton)
Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Leighton Baines (Everton)

Michael Carrick (Man Utd)
Andros Townsend (Tottenham)
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Tom Cleverley (Man Utd)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Ross Barkley (Everton).

Danny Welbeck (Man Utd)
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)

Could Go:

Rob Green
World Cup experience, even though it didn’t go that well he has been in form this season, if it continues his experience could play a roll with a lot of young keepers around him.

Andy Carroll
How he comes back from injury will be vital, he’s better then Lambert but if not fit there’s no point bringing him.

Ravel Morrison
Impressive start to the season could be the wild card like Theo was in 2006. If he continues to shine he may be the lucky wild card. 

Mark Noble 
If you look at the last England captain to take his country to a competitive final, he is your man. He does pass the ball well but what is crucial he can take a penalty.

Wilfred Zaha 

Not the best of starts at United, but he is in a great position, if he does perform well for United with all the other English men around him, Hodgson will take notice. 

Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain 
Needs to play games for Arsenal to make himself noticed, he can play wide, centre and midfield. His pace is dangerous especially as a sub.

Frank Lampard 

Tough for Frank, he has so many youngsters in his place now, he does deserve another shot at a major tournament but it will depend on his Chelsea form, injuries and do we really need him.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Record Breaking Rangers....

QPR have had the best start they could have wished for in the Championship, after the debacle of last season the Super Hoops are joint top, undefeated in the league and have kept 8 clean sheets in a row. A club record for Rob Green, they now have a ‘team’ not just ‘individuals’. Charlie Austin is now finding the net. Hoilett scares defenders in this league with his pace and Barton has not put a foot wrong so far this season. Danny Simpson and Richard Dunne have been sensational at the back & we have seen the usual solid performances from Hill too. If Harry can keep QPR in the top 4 up in till Christmas I’m sure they will spend wisely again in January and it could be an instant return to the top flight.

Arsenal So Far So Good

  As were in the International break each team in the Premier League has played 7 games and it makes pleasant reading for Arsenal fans. It could be the signing of Ozil, it could be Wenger still ‘has it’, or it could be Arsenal have been the best of a average bunch so far this season. Aaron Ramsey is playing out of his skin and as Giroud has not been injured the one striker they do have has been doing the business. Can it last? It could, as Arsenal have players with injuries to come back. They have some harder games coming up which will see where they are, but beating Napoli with ease in the Champions League shows the Gunners could be back.

 Liverpool have had an impressive start to the season, Sturridge has been in fine form and now Suarez has returned surely this means good things? Three at the back seems to be working for Rodgers, I do feel they will slip down eventually but this fast start gives their hopes for top 4 a boost. Chelsea are in third without a decent striker all three have had a chance but none have been a stand out, in fact the best Chelsea forward have is playing for Everton this season. Southampton completes the top four with their only defeat this season coming at Norwich. They could well be the surprise package for a high finishes after they finished 14th last season. They also spent a fair bit in the summer.

 It’s been a rocky start for both Manchester clubs, United have had their worst start in Premier League history but now a new savour could rise in the form of Adnan Januzaj. His double at Sunderland saved Moyes from more criticism, and with Fellaini out till December which could be a blessing in disguise the young man may have a vital role to play. United’s best player so far has been Wayne Rooney, did he want to leave? Does he like playing for Moyes? We may never find out but at the moment he is the main man. City seem to be struggling away from home with defeats at Cardiff, Aston Villa & only a draw at Stoke. They look completely different at home, but the key thing seems to be keeping Kompany fit. Without him they seem to lose all confidence defending, also Hart need to cut out sloppy mistakes.

 Sunderland find themselves rock bottom and Di Canio was the first managerial casualty of the season. He was entertaining while he lasted but they were going nowhere fast under him. They have the QPR about them just bringing in too many players at once, however Poyet does have time to turn it around. Crystal Palace are finding life in the top flight tough, Holloway has already had a touchline ban for moaning about the refs, he can’t afford to lose it as Palace need his energy on the sidelines. They have two London derbies coming up at home which could kick start their season as the fans are quite good and could be the 12th man. Swansea, Stoke, Fulham & Norwich are all on 7 points out of these four I think Stoke will struggle the most. The Stoke fans are being fooled by Hughes and they’re in for a rude awakening when they realise he is all talk.