Tuesday, 16 November 2010

England v France Preview

There was a big, huge announcement today. In case you didn't hear it, here it is:

Fabio Capello is starting with at least three players under 30! I know, I was shocked as well. I mean, I didn't know he could count that low.

No, all jokes aside I'm a little bit impressed with Mr Capello's squad choices this time around. Hey, I only said a little. And not just with his squad choices but with the team we're hearing he will start with. It's a team that mixes expperience and youth and a team that points all the way to 2012.

KEVIN DAVIES of Bolton Wanderers has my sympathy on missing out on the squad, but on the basis that this friendly is all about planning for the future then his inclusion would've gone against that. I was a little shocked to see CARLTON COLE called up, I like him as a player but he is not even first choice for his club. Which goes against Capello's 'must be playing regularly' manifest.

As for JAY BOTHROYD, all I can say is congratulations. I remember his time at Arsenal and the cloud he left under clearly damaged his early career. But you have to respect the way he has learnt from his mistakes and rebuilt his career at Cardiff. The way he has matured is commendable. Having watched JORDAN HENDERSON a few times this season, his cap will not be a surprise to me. He is a talented young man and under the tutelage of Steve Bruce, I have the feeling he will go far.

JACK WILSHERE will be disappointed to be out of contention but as an Arsenal fan, I'm secretly glad he'll be resting and hopefully he'll be fit for the North London derby on Saturday morning. But, I think it can be agreed he has lots of time to become an England regular. I'm happy that KEIRAN GIBBS will be starting, after his injury problems it will be a good run out for him. It will also give him the opportunity to show why he is being called the natural successor to Ashley Cole.

French manager Laurent Blanc has played down his teams' abilities. Since the abysmal events at the World Cup the French have been in a transition period. Like Capello, the former World Cup Winner is rebuilding for the future as well as attempting to restore his nation's faith in the national team. Although he didn't make it to South Africa, SAMIR NASRI should start tomorrow. Hopefully he can take his club form to Wembley and inspire his team mates. They will still be without PATRICE EVRA who is still serving his ban, for going on strike during the WC. It will be down to the new boys to show they are good enough to keep their places when the qualifiers re-commence in March.

ENGLAND: Foster; Richards, Ferdinand, Lescott, Gibbs; Walcott, Barry, Henderson, Gerrard, Milner; Carroll.
FRANCE: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Moxes, Abidal; Gourcuff, M'vila, Nasri; Valbuena, Benzema, Malouda.
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  1. ...and hop France won :) YAY to us!! lol
    No really, we played good football, but shame on the English players who started to really play the ball only on the last quarter of the game!
    A lot disappointed by the spirit shown by England! I was excpecting much much better from one of the top football nations in the world :/
    But I liked the fact that even though, (as you mentioned) the French team is rebuilding after the traumatic S. Africa World Cup, they demonstrate to the world today that France Football is not dead!! :)
    And that's makes me proud :D
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  2. Hi, thanks for your comments.

    You are right, France put England to shame and I was extremely disappointed with our lack of cohesion. You continually swept through our midfield in the first half. France deserved the win and we need to answer lots of questions. It may have been a friendly, but you should play every game to win. I believe the future of France is bright under Blanc and also with him building the team around (my Arsenal star man of the season so far), Samir Nasri.

  3. Natasha: YAY to Arsenal :) it's almost a french team... ahah
    I think the favorite England Premier League team for french people is Arsenal!! because of the obvious...lol
    Plus Wenger does live commenting on our national team games :)
    He's a great coach, the Premier League has lots of luck and money on the pocket to have him! ahah