So, Capello has done his thing. Chosen a squad to travel to Montenegro and secure qualification. Here it is, what do you think?
The England squad in full
Scott Carson, Joe Hart, David Stockdale
Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Micah Richards, John Terry, Kyle Walker
Gareth Barry, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young
Darren Bent, Andy Carroll, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Bobby Zamora.
Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard are both recovering from injuries with Rio struggling for form its probably wise to leave the two out. Sturridge though, how has he not got in there infront of Carroll or Zamora? Since the last squad he's been more impressive than the two above (maybe Welbeck too, due to injury). It's not the first time I've looked at a Capello England Squad and thought 'I just don't get it' as it may not be for many of you.
Here would be my starting XI
Richards Cahill Terry Cole
Barry Parker Lampard
Welbeck Rooney Young
Can't argue with most of that. I think Sturridge deserves to start ahead of Welbeck but even if he was in the squad, I would go with the front three you selected as they play together at club level, they already have a good understanding between them. I'd swap Barry and Lampard around though.
How does an opinion on football translate to "a low IQ"...? How many football related questions are there in an IQ test...?
What is a crucial part of a IQ test is being able to read! I didn't say Sturridge should be in the squad ahead of Welbeck, I said Sturridge should be in the squad. Not only that, he should be in the starting line-up ahead of Welbeck. Of course, the latter is a matter of opinion and you could flip a coin between the two as they are of a very similar level at the moment.
For once, you actually have a point that is correct in that Carroll should not be in the squad. However, you will not get any respect for it since you ever do on these boards is criticise Carroll and anyone related to Liverpool Football Club! You seem to have a very unhealthy obssession with the player in question too.
Your boring, if your going to continiusly WUM that at least be creative and / or original about it.
How Zamora can be anywhere near the England squad is totally beyond me. Sturridge will feel he should be in over Zamora, Bent and Carroll. And he's right.
The only reasonable forward line, going on this season, is the Manchester United 3. James Milner is lucky to be in there.
I wouldn't start Cahill either, he's not having a great season so someone else should get a chance.
Jags or Jones though?
Neither are in a rich vein of form atm but with it being an important away game I could see Capello going with Jagielka or Cahill.
I'd probably go for Jones, Jags is error prone, Jones is naive, but Jones will grow from being naive and Jags will always be error prone - he's 29 now.
I think it is difficult. As you rightly say, Cahill is not exactly setting the world alight with his form at the minute (maybe partly to do with how bad the team is playing too though?) but he has done well in the last couple of internationals. Personally, I'd keep him there alongside Terry.
I would say Jones deserves to start there. Him and Terry, Walker at RB and Cole at LB. Richards is good, but I'm interested to see how Walker does. Maybe swap Jones to RB at some point.
Midfields looking pretty poor atm, however our wide men are quality! I'd put Parker and Barry in a midfield two, protecting the back 4 with Young and Walcott/Downing having free reign out wide.
Welbeck and Rooney up front, both of whom would probably drop deep on occasion. That mixed with two very attacking full backs and Jones pushing up into midfield could lead to an exciting game, provided the two CM's keep it tight.
Gotta say though I think not only Sturridge, but also Agbonlahor deserves a place in the strikers bench there. They've both done more than Carroll, Zamora and Bent. I would say keep Bent in, lose the other two. Agbon's a great player on his day, if he can find some consistency he could be good for England.