Left Back For England


Under 100 days until the World Cup begins for England in South Africa and as per usual it hasn’t been a quiet time in preparation for the tournament.

I don’t want to write about hand-shakes, infidelity or the latest player’s misdemeanours, but we do seem to have some problems to address.

The centre of defence is coming back to full strength with the return of players including Phil Jagielka and the continued emergence of Ryan Shawcross (I hope last weekend doesn’t over shadow his excellent performances).

But as always happens, we solve one problem and another one presents itself and they are never slight problems when it comes to the national team, they are fully blown problems that have the potential to ruin the teams chances.

As you are aware, Ashley Cole is touch and go for making the World Cup squad, fingers are firmly crossed that Cheryl’s mum doesn’t kick him were it will hurt our chances in the tournament. He is the best left-back in the world and we need our best players to progress to the latter stages of the tournament.

This followed up by Wayne Bridge’s decision to retire from international football after the recent revelations in the media. I personally think he has solved a problem, as we won’t have any animosity in the squad at the tournament and despite his best performance for Manchester City at Stamford Bridge last weekend, he isn’t a major loss, is he?

This leaves several players with the opportunity to make the grade at international level, who is your money on to make it to South Africa?

Leighton Baines put a decent performance in against Egypt last night and this will bode him well, should his excellent club form continue in the coming weeks and months.

The other options for the position include Joleon Lescott, Paul Koncheskey, Stephen Warnock, Nicky Shorey and even the bizarre mentions of playing Stewart Downing in the position or the midfield anchor Gareth Barry filling in at left-back.

Not exactly names to be shouting about and several of them are my scrapping of the proverbial barrel to at least give options. As the old saying goes ‘quality is better than quantity’, or words to that effect.

We have the solution to the problem, the problem is Kieran Gibbs (pictured below) is injured and he will be England’s left-back for many a year to come. Though the dreaded metatarsal injury has ruled him out of the coming tournament.

Oh well, he will have plenty of opportunity to grace the world stage in what should be a glittering career.

But we need a solution and we need it as soon as possible. Who will we take to the World Cup?

Time is of the essence and the hour-glass is beginning to empty. I feel Ashley Cole will be risked and with a squad of 23 he HAS to be risked. I feel Joleon Lescott is a better player at left-back than centre-back, but will go to the tournament as insurance for both positions.

Finally, I hope Leighton Baines is selected as a back-up to Cole and should Cole prove to be too high a risk or become injured again, we will still have adequate options in the position.

Failing that, I’m sure Wayne Rooney could do a commendable job in this or any other position!!

Who would you take?

Cheers for reading.


2 Responses to “Left Back For England”

  1. bobbygee Says:

    Rio Ferdinand is the key too. Lets hope he will stay fit. Barry is a good idea as well. Crouch needs lots of work too. http://defutebol.net

    • gafferssportsblog Says:

      Crouch played well last night and has a knack of scoring for England. Barry is solving one problem and creating another in my opinion. Ferdinand is proving to be a huge risk at the moment as his injuries and form have dominated a poor season for him. I like Jagielka and Baines a lot but inexperienced international players.

      Thanks for your comment, keep reading, cheers Gaffers

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