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Monday, March 20, 2017

You Pick the England Team!

As we head into the International Break this week, it's time to turn our focus away from the domestic game and toward England's fortunes. The Three Lions have a difficult friendly fixture on Wednesday with the Old Enemy - Germany. That's followed by an honest to goodness World Cup 2018 qualifier against Lithuania at Wemberley on Sunday afternoon tea time.

Here is the squad that England caretaker boss Gareth Southgate has picked for those matches:

Goalkeepers - Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, and Tom Heaton

Defenders - Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jones, Michael Keane, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, John Stones and Kyle Walker

Midfielders - Dele Alli, Michail Antonio, Ross Barkley, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard, Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling and James Ward-Prowse

Forwards - Jermain Defoe, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy

Now, since this squad was announced on March 16, West Ham's Michail Antonio has pulled out of the squad through injury. Otherwise, though, these are the choices. So, you know what to do - pick your starting XI for Germany and Lithuania. I'll look forward to seeing your ideas.


Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll give it a go first - here's my starting XI for the friendly with Germany:

Forster, Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Walker, Dier, Barkley, Sterling, Alli, Lallana, Rashford.

And for Lithuania:

Forster, Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Walker, Dier, Sterling, Alli, Lallana, Defoe, Rashford.

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The lineup vs Germany:
Forter, Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Dier, Alli, ,Lallana, Sterling, Rash, Vardy

vs Lithuania :

Forster, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Dier, Alli, Lallana, Sterling, Dafoe, Vardy

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Interesting line-up. I dunno about Vardy. I was able to include him while he was on a hot streak. However, given his role in the player's strike against Claudio Ranieri, he's dead to me.

4:06 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Bob, all of your Lithuanian picks are tied to the England squad. Pick with an ius in their name. Try again mate.

7:08 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Jeez, Dave Nocito has made the same error. I'm surprised as you are Dave, but Smalling has made 29 appearances for England. Where would you two be without my fact checking?

7:12 PM  

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