Lakenheath Old Boys

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Fat Sam's First England Squad!

Fat Sam Allardyce announced his first England squad this week and it was full of surprises. Every England fan was dying to see what Allardyce would do with his first squad choice after the abject failure of England this summer. Which players from that capitulation against Iceland would survive? The answer - quite a few, even Joe Hart, who's terrible performance in two of the losses prompted England's lack of confidence. Wayne Rooney, too, keeps his place and will likely skipper the side again against Slovakia on Saturday. West Ham's Michail Antonio debuts.

Here's the squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, and Tom Heaton

Defenders: Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jagielka, Danny Rose, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders - Dele Alli, Michail Antonio, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott

Forwards: Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy

So, you know the drill - what is your starting eleven for that crucial World Cup qualifier?


Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm extremely disappointed but not surprised. It's business as usual. If you keep doing the same thing then you will get the same results, so expect the same old England. This was his chance to send a message that this is his squad by dropping some players and bringing in some new ones. Other than Mickail Antonio he did not do that. Sigh ...

11:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I feel the same way. The 11 who started against Iceland are all still there in the squad. I don't know how they can all pull that shirt on again.

5:13 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Same old same old!!!

Why do people think this team...with the same players... play any different

8:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Agreed. I can understand retaining a few of the younger players such as Lallana, Kane, Alli and Sterling who might come good in the future for England. However, isn't this a convenient moment to show Wayne Rooney the door? And what's the point of having Joe Hart in the squad - he'll never play for England again.

10:05 AM  

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