Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
What to look for at Wembley?
by Paul Kennedy, May 24th, 2010 2:14AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, men's national team, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[ENGLAND] A day before its first warmup against the Czech Republic in Connecticut, Bob Bradley and his U.S. coaching staff will keeping an eye on what's happening Monday at Wembley Stadium, where England, its first opponent at the World Cup, faces Mexico (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Telemundo, noon ET). What should we look for from England?

What formation will be employed?

England has played a 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2 formation for most of Coach Fabio Capello's tenure, but he has been thinking of going with just three defenders and five midfielders as he says he used to do with Roma.

"I have to study the opponents," Capello said, "but we can play different styles and we have to prepare for everything. You never know when you will get an injury, or find yourself 10 against 11. Sometimes I have changed the style four or five times in a game, so it is important that we have a lot of options.''

Who will play in goal?

Capello said he'll start Joe Hart and probably use Robert Green in the second half. (David James is being rested.)

"Hart has played a lot of games this season and has improved a lot," said Capello. "It is very equal between the keepers and they are all starting in the same position.''

Where will Ledley King line up?

Knee problems prevented King from training during England's stay in the Austrian Alps, but he could play against Mexico.

He'll probably line up in the back next to Rio Ferdinand -- John Terry and rest of the Chelsea players in the England squad are being rested -- but Capello may look at King in the midfield role held up Gareth Barry, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.

How will the outside midfielders perform?

The most wide open battle in the England squad concerns its outside midfielders. Aaron Lennon is likely to start in the left side against. He's probably the only outside midfielder who is assured of going to South Africa.

Theo Walcott is second on the depth chart with Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joe Cole and Adam Johnson all needing strong showings in the next week to make the 23.



0 comments
  1. Nat S. Harty
    commented on: May 24, 2010 at 1:32 p.m.
    Adam Johnson is a "sleeper" - Capello would be well advised to give this kid a chance to shine with the NT. He can play on either side, makes incisive passes, has ability to score and can also provide defensice cover, and he is young.....what's not to like?


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal    
"[I] have transformed the Dutch school from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 and, depending on the opponent, it ...
A costly miss from two yards out    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Robert Herrera of Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting managed to hit the ...
Seattle clinches regular-season title    
[NWSL: Week 16] The Seattle Reign FC clinched the 2014 NWSL regular-season title with four games ...
D.C. United and New England go for three    
[MLS: Wednesday] D.C. United confirmed its credentials and New England broke an eight-game losing streak in ...
Liverpool rallies to win clash of EPL's top teams    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Stevan Jovetic twice scored to put Manchester City ahead, but Liverpool got goals from ...
2014 PDL All-League Team    
[AWARDS] The Michigan Bucks and FC Tucson led all teams with two selections apiece on the ...
Grondona dies after 35 years as Argentine boss    
[OBITUARY] Julio Grondona, FIFA senior vice president, died on Wednesday after being admitted to a Buenos ...
Philly acquisition of Mbolhi 'no-brainer'    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Philadelphia Union already has Zac MacMath, who at the age of 22 is ...
Montreal dismisses De Santis as sporting director    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Halfway through what is shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in ...
Rubin likes FC Utrecht's ambitions    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Rubio Rubin had to wait until he turned 18 in March to be eligible ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives