Euro 2012: The Alternative England Reject XI
So, with news of Gareth Barry dropping out of the England squad, and everybody expecting Carrick to be called up in his stead (won’t happen, he’s clearly been dropped for a reason), we got to wondering – could you actually make a better squad\team from the players that didn’t get selected?
Well, we had a go at exactly that. Here’s our squad:
GOALKEEPERS: Stockdale, Robinson, Foster
DEFENDERS: Simpson, Richards, Ferdinand, Shawcross, Bertrand, Onuoha, Richardson
MIDFIDLERS: Scholes, Carrick, Cleverley, Britton, Johnson, Moses, Lennon, Osman
FORWARDS: Holt, Graham, Hooper, Crouch, Sturridge
Which gives us a first XI looking something like this:
Much better, I think you’ll agree. And we didn’t select injured players – Michael Dawson, Jack Wilshere, Tom Huddlestone could’ve made it – and didn’t even resort to any skulduggery like calling up Mikel Arteta.
Think you can do better? Good for you. Keep it to yourself.