The time is just coming up to 5pm. Only another 3 hours to the big game vs Uruguay and the tension builds. Will I be sitting here tomorrow wondering where it all went wrong, hurling if only’s at the management team from the safety of a few thousand miles away ? Or will I be dreaming that this might be our year and well done to Roy and the lads for following my views on team selection.
It’s easy to be wise after the event, so I’ll start by laying out my team here and a cheeky prediction:
Goalkeeper: Mr Hart – picks himself and hopefully has plenty of time to scribble a few pictures like he used to 20yrs ago, when you had no idea what it was until the final lines were added
Right Back: Glen – equally good going forward as he is bad at defending because he gets too close, but with few alternatives I’d stick by him
Left back: Leighton – a wand of a left foot and can get up and down the field all day
Centre Backs: Phil and Gary – sounds a bit like the Neville brothers, but rest assured these 2 are much taller and still playing which is always a good thing
Midfield: Middle – Captain Steve – sitting in front of the back 4 concentrating on covering defence and smiling a bit more often – needs to pick up his performance from the last game and conditions should suit
Middle – Jack – spends most of his time being tackled to the ground so another injury is clearly a risk but likes to go forward which gives the team the good tempo we need to upset Uruguay
Left – Danny W – was our best player against Italy, quick and used the ball well – so more of the same and just a few more inches growth on the hair needed to reach the really high crosses
Right – Raheem – still think the Ox is better when he’s fit, but we need pace and he brings even more than Hale did
Number 10: Lallana – surprise package, has played well every time he’s pulled on an England shirt and actually seems to enjoy it which is very un-England like
Up front: Big Wayne – looks fitter than he’s done for years and must be dying for the opportunity to show what he can do
Subs: Daniel – I know some people think he should start, but England just don’t score enough goals when he plays because he doesn’t link up the play well enough (never scored more than 1 from open play when he plays) but might prove a great sub if we need a goal. Sorry Daniel, but I’m the manager and that’s just the way it is.
Ross – been brilliant so far and can change the game for us even if some people on text in’s think he’s sponsored by a large bank
Ricky – has never let us down and would be a great alternative if we need something different and gives everyone over 40 the belief they’ve still got a chance to make it
My prediction is a 2-0 win for England.