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Predict Capello's starting 11 for England vs USA

CaptainCook

Established Member
Haven't seen too many direct hints from the camp, so what's your guess on his starting eleven?

My guess would be:

James
Johnson Terry King Cole
Lennon Lampard Milner Cole
Gerrard Rooney
 

Monarch

Distinguished Member
Green
Johnson - King - Terry - Cole
Lennon - Lampard - Gerrard - Cole
Rooney
Crouch

This, although I would much prefer the Gerrard off Rooney one with Milner (Barry when fit) sitting in behind Lampard.
 

Hillskill

Moderator/Games Reviewer
My thanks is agreement :thumbsup: Although apparently Joe Hart is now in contention. Starting Keeper seems to change by the hour !
 

DJT75

Distinguished Member
I think the following is a given:

Johnson - King - Terry - Cole
Lennon - Lampard - Gerrard - Cole
Rooney - Crouch​

So just the keeper to choose. Green has had the playing time, the press think Hart so I'll go James. I'd start with him, the FA Cup final was enough to prove his current form.
 

Vnb

Established Member
wouldn't suprise me if it was :

James
Johnson Terry King Cole
Gerard Lampard Milner Cole
Rooney Heskey
 

klacey

Prominent Member
Green
Johnson - King - Terry - Cole
Lennon - Lampard - Gerrard - Cole
Rooney
Crouch

Pretty much what i would say, except James in goal. :smashin:
 

Marc

Distinguished Member
I think we'll see

James
Johnson, Terry, King, A.Cole
Lennon, Lampard, Gerrard, J.Cole
Rooney, Crouch

When Barry is fit, Cole will drop out of the team and Gerrard will go left, and if Crouch doesn't do well in the USA game, i think Capello will choose Heskey for the next game.

Will be interesting to see how good the USA are. I watched them at the Confederations cup and they were very good, and brilliantly beat Spain in what I think was one of the greatest underdog performances i've ever seen. Spain are probably twice the quality of England so we may be in for a shock, but hopefully not!
 

kopchoir

Banned
I think for teh group stages the team apart from a few positions is a gimmee

Personally i think that when we reach the knock out stages he is going to be a bit more ruthless i think and i hope he will be

dropping johnson and playing carra at right back and then playing gerrard off ronney :thumbsup:
 

mcmi

Established Member
when?

I like your confidence, but the USA are going to beat you, you will beat Algeria convincingly, but a final 'heroic' draw with Slovenia will see you go out due to their draw with the USA.
 

Monarch

Distinguished Member
If we don't win our group then I'll be hugely let down, if we didn't even qualify then I'd be shocked. As much as I don't underestimate the USA, I think they are capable of beating most teams on their day, ultimately they need high quality opposition like us (and yes we are, nobody deny it) to be on an off day to stand a real chance of actually winning. With Capello's discipline and preparation should get rid of any complacency and extra nerves which will cause that off day.
 

Tom Tom

Prominent Member
when?

I like your confidence, but the USA are going to beat you, you will beat Algeria convincingly, but a final 'heroic' draw with Slovenia will see you go out due to their draw with the USA.

I hope that happens.....
 

DJT75

Distinguished Member
when?

I like your confidence, but the USA are going to beat you, you will beat Algeria convincingly, but a final 'heroic' draw with Slovenia will see you go out due to their draw with the USA.

If we only draw against Slovenia I'll eat my hat!!

USA are hot & cold, we could either just edge passed them or slaughter them. I personally think we'll take all 9 points for a change & start the campaign with a huge performance against the USA.
 

DJT75

Distinguished Member
The word on the street is this will be the starting 11.

Green
Johnson King Terry Cole
Wright-Phillips Gerrard Lampard Cole
Rooney Crouch​
 

jassco

Distinguished Member
In all honesty I'll be surprised if wright-phillips starts, unless he's been really impressive in training. I heard an unconfirmed rumour as well that Green is starting in goal; courtesy of SSN
 

NightHawk

Prominent Member
James
Johnson - King - Terry - Cole
Lennon - Lampard - Gerrard - Cole
Rooney - Crouch​

OR

James
Johnson - King - Terry - A. Cole
Carrick
Lennon - Lampard - J. Cole
Gerrard
Rooney​
 
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mrbobc

Prominent Member
i think

james
johnson carra terry cole
SWP lampard carrick cole
gerrard
rooney

i heard a rumour lennon has been dropped for turning up late for training and i dislike carrick hugely but i reckon that will be the starting line up.
 

DrWise

Banned
Green
Johnson Dawson terry cole

j Cole Lampard Gerrard SWP

Rooney Heskey
 

Marc

Distinguished Member
well it's been announced

Green
Johnson Terry King Cole
Lennon Lampard Gerrard Milner
Heskey Rooney

a couple of surprises there but a good lineup :thumbsup:
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
I like it. Positive intentions. USA has not kept a clean sheet in 10 games. Capello has to go for it. He who dares wins
 

Monarch

Distinguished Member
To be honest I'm glad Heskey is there instead of Crouch. Despite his scoring record I just don't think he works well with Rooney, and Heskey should benefit Rooney. It'll be interesting to see how Milner plays, I'd like to see Joe Cole having a run of games personally, but if Milner performs then I wont complain.
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
It probably means Gerrard on the left though... :rolleyes:
It means Gerrard and Lampard are in the centre. He tried Milner in the middle in the pre-WC friendly and does not trust him there. Plus it'll be more balanced as Gerrard keeps cutting in anyway :suicide:
It'll be interesting to see how Milner plays, I'd like to see Joe Cole having a run of games personally, but if Milner performs then I wont complain.
I think it is because Milner has more energy. Donovan will give the full backs a hard time
 
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