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Well,a decent 2-2 draw against Equador in England's penultimate warm-up match against Equador in Miami last night but that defence really worried me.Promising performances from Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain until his unfortunate injury towards the end.

 

Views and opinions please.

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Basically agree with what you said. Going forward we looked excellent, Barkley and ox in particular, defensively really bad but at least that back 4 won't be the back 4 against Italy; who look really poor at the minute.

 

Milner is never a right back and Jones and Smalling were all over the place,Luke Shaw for me was the only one who had a decent game although even he was at fault for their first goal.

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Milner is never a right back and Jones and Smalling were all over the place,Luke Shaw for me was the only one who had a decent game although even he was at fault for their first goal.

 

Agreed. Foster, Jones, Smalling, Milner, just not good enough. I really hope we take a chance on Barkley (and Ox if fit).

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Smalling was so bad last night, if he plays against Balotelli or Suarez we'll get dicked. Was like watching chris slater all over again. Chamberlain Barkley and shaw looked good though

 

And Milner is not a right back

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Right back is a real worry for me as Johnson is really poor. I think against Italy I would go with:

 

-----------------Hart---------

Johnson -- Jagielka -- Cahill --- Baines

---------Gerrard ----Henderson

Ox -------- Barkley ------- Rooney

----------- Sturridge

 

I would be very tempted to throw Sterling in for Rooney as well, to me our attack is very dangerous.

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Right back is a real worry for me as Johnson is really poor. I think against Italy I would go with:

 

-----------------Hart---------

Johnson -- Jagielka -- Cahill --- Baines

---------Gerrard ----Henderson

Ox -------- Barkley ------- Rooney

----------- Sturridge

 

I would be very tempted to throw Sterling in for Rooney as well, to me our attack is very dangerous.

 

I'd go Sterling over the Ox and Rooney over Barkley, but I agree with the rest.

 

If he's going to play Henderson, he should have one job and one job only- disrupt Pirlo. Every time Andrea Pirlo gets the ball he has to be chased down, tackled, badgered and basically anything that ruins his flow; he's always said he gets frustrated when he's man marked. He has never used pace and as their playmaker with an unbelievable range of passing, stopping him playing his game will upset Italy's game plan. A youthful Henderson should have enough energy to do this

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Right back is a real worry for me as Johnson is really poor. I think against Italy I would go with:

 

-----------------Hart---------

Johnson -- Jagielka -- Cahill --- Baines

---------Gerrard ----Henderson

Ox -------- Barkley ------- Rooney

----------- Sturridge

 

I would be very tempted to throw Sterling in for Rooney as well, to me our attack is very dangerous.

 

Id be pretty happy with that, have a feeling though that we will see this team v Italy;

 

 

-----------------Hart---------

Johnson -- Jagielka -- Cahill --- Baines

---------Gerrard ----Henderson

Milner-------- Rooney------- Lallana

----------- Sturridge

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Why the hell was Hodgson messing about with an "experimental 11" just over a week before England's first game. Surely he should have a good idea of his starting 11 and tactics by now. Would have thought it made more sense to start you first 11 (or near as dam it) so they can get more used to playing together and develop a better understanding and then bring on subs to try a few things as the game progressed.

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Paul Scholes has commented that Welbeck could be used to man-mark Pirlo.

There's obviously some loyalty going on in suggesting Welbeck but the principle, in my opinion, is correct.

To have a pacy attacking player marking Pirlo will push him back and, if they can nick the ball off him, they're away and will be a threat.

Welbeck, Sterling, Barkley, Ox (if fit) - take your pick.

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The principle is correct but Danny welbeck should be nowhere near that 1st 11. I though to a degree the experimentation was useful, Milner at right back for example as Johnson isn't great there, it's good to have an idea of what else you have, but in the large I don't get it. Jones and smalling at the back, what was the point? Flanagan and stones coming on was strange but I think it's good experience for them and will help them in the long run for England.

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Milner at right back for example as Johnson isn't great there, it's good to have an idea of what else you have, but in the large I don't get it. Jones and smalling at the back, what was the point? Flanagan and stones coming on was strange but I think it's good experience for them and will help them in the long run for England.

 

I can see every reason for the Milner experiment but it would have been more informative with Cahill and Jagielka at CB (as they will surely start) and bring on Jones and/or Smalling during the game.

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Milner doesn't play right back regularly and would targeted by the Italians who in any event play two advanced fullbacks. Johnson has won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the League Cup in his career including playing for Liverpool and Chelsea. So he is a good attacking full back who sacrifices a bit therefore defensively. But there is no solution to this downside in Milner in my opinion. The position coverage could be affected if OxC has to be replaced with one option to just keep Milner for that role and bring in Flaninigan who is out there as full back cover.

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Milner doesn't play right back regularly and would targeted by the Italians who in any event play two advanced fullbacks. Johnson has won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the League Cup in his career including playing for Liverpool and Chelsea. So he is a good attacking full back who sacrifices a bit therefore defensively. But there is no solution to this downside in Milner in my opinion. The position coverage could be affected if OxC has to be replaced with one option to just keep Milner for that role and bring in Flaninigan who is out there as full back cover.

 

Agreed Warren. I don't rate Milner at all but unfortunately due to Johnson's desire to get forward, can almost certainly see Milner being deployed in front of him for protection. I understand this in principal but would much rather we picked our team and let them worry about us.

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