England’s Experiments

“@henrywinter: In training, #eng were Foster; Milner, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Lampard, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Barkley, Rooney; Lambert.”

According to Henry Winter and other media sources this is the side that will face Ecuador on Wednesday in England’s second warm up game. I personally love the idea of Roy experimenting with players and positions because in a World Cup you never know what will happen with injuries etc so better safe than sorry!
Milner at right back could work as Glen Johnson is the one recognised right back and with Phil Jones perhaps lacking some fitness back up is needed.
Wilshere and Barkley in the same side is very exciting as they have the potential to be the future of England’s midfield for years to come and this will be the first real chance to see them together.
Rooney playing left midfield is interesting and I think shows how vital Rooney is to England in the eyes of Roy Hodgson that he would look to play him out of position rather than not play him but it also shows how many good young players we have coming through that Rooney may have to play elsewhere.
Obviously this is an experiment but I think that there could be a couple of these players who play quite big roles in our World Cup so the game experience could be vital

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6 thoughts on “England’s Experiments

  1. Game experience is vital, but surely unsettling playing Rooney and Milner completely out of position only a few days before the tournament starts? Fine if this was 3 months ago but now, really?

    • I do think that unsettling Rooney seems odd but he did play there for united for a bit and if we need a goal he may throw Lambert on and push Rooney out wider? And with Milner he’s very good defensively so who knows, I’d personally rather give Stones a game just for experience and to see how he does at international level.

  2. if we need wide players, we have sterling and milner. I don’t think Rooney is suited and he does not like playing on the wing. He was willing to Leave Man Utd not so long ago to play a more central role elsewhere. Like Mata with Chelsea, for the greater good, leaving (an 80% fit) Rooney out of the starting line-up wouldn’t be all that bad. He could be an excellent impact player from the bench.
    I think Milner is more attack minded and a great crosser of the ball and would be another waste, much rather Jones sat in there, although he would probably succumb to an injury.

    • I totally agree about the idea of Rooney being an impact sub but I think in England there are a lot of people who see him as one of our few world class players so to leave him out completely would be risky.

      • Exactly, this needs to be the tournament when he shines or I fear he will forever be remembered as someone who didn’t perform at the highest international level.

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