Yeah that is what I would do, maybe Ox starting over Sterling as well.
I like the idea of using as much of one club as possible, the familiarity provides such a huge advantage. I'd take Henderson over Wilshere for that reason alone, although he is also having a much better season. Same story with Sterling over Ox for mine.
Flanagan is too big a call though. Walker is **** but he'll play anyway as the devil we know.
Imagine if anyone had said a year ago you should pick Henderson over Wilshere
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AOC absolutely has to play if he's fit.
Interesting squad Woy has picked for the Danes.
Three specialist left-backs and only three centre-halves, one of whom is Chris Smalling.
Still can't quite shake off the suspicion Captain Racist will be back.
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I don't think England ever really used United's core of English players. There was the whole "Scholes on left wing" debacle for starters. But in 2012 United lost out on goal difference with Scholes, Carrick, Young, Welbeck and Rooney all first-choice. Taking advantage of that would have meant dropping some much better players, but in practice United's attack that season was miles better than the team Hodgson ended up putting out.
I just think the benefits of familiarity aren't appreciated enough in this country. Too much focus on how a team looks on paper. It's not like Fifa where you calculate a team's goodness-number by adding up the goodness-numbers of all 11 players. You need a functional system in place and since there's so little time to create one with an international side, it's generally a good option to transplant it in from one of the clubs. It'll piss off fans of other clubs that say "Player X needs to play because he's better than player Y" but they can go **** themselves.
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Yeah all good points but I do think the Scholes on the left thing gets overplayed. Only really happened in 04 when United were weaker than usual anyway (not that it makes a difference either way how strong they were, more in reference to my overall point). That season you could argue Gerrard certainly and maybe Lampard had been better, so then you look at class V form.
The rest of the time Scholes was well used by England. I do wonder if Sven decided he was going to be the one shifted because he'd announced his retirement.
We should pik Jenkinson, Gibbs, Wilshere and the Ox obvs. Get Theo fit and we'd walk it.
Apart from Jenkinson being a bit ****e ATM and Wilshere making about an average of one iota of progress for each of the last 2-3 years
Nah lets pick Southampton, would be more fun and fans of big clubs won't be able to complain about their rivals getting favoured.
I know it would never happen but it would be kind of interesting to see a club like Southampton play all England players and actually be able to hold of the good ones.
So did last nights match tell you anything?
I didn't watch it, the cricket much better. Yet do we know more than before, anyone pushing for a place. Sturridge has got to start if fit though, I know this because I saw he scored.
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Lallana was probably the big beneficiary of the Denmark game. A breath of fresh air.
Would Gerrard, Henderson & Lallana work as a three? With Wilshere out & crap anyway I'm thinking this would be decent. But I'm under certain influences as we speak
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