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assuming Uncle Woy is going to try to fit both Kane and Rooney into the same lineup (and presumably Welbeck on the wings), what sort of lineups would we like to see?
I'd like a blend of youth and experience:

Hart

Clyne-Smalling-Jagielka-Gibbs

Carrick-Henderson

Welbeck-Rooney-Sterling

Kane

Congrats Rooney!

First English man under 30 to reach 100 caps! :)
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England Squad named:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Brom), Joe Hart (Manchester City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United, Stewart Downing (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Welbeck (Arsenal), Saido Berahino (West Brom).

Sturridge and Johnson dropped. Replaced by Berahino and Clyne.

Glad to see Clyne get some international recognition, he's been consistently impressive for Southampton.

Recall for Downing. I'm unsure about this one, he's been reliable for WHU but methinks this is a level too much for him now. Hope I'm wrong.
v Estonia:

England: Hart; Chambers, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Henderson, Wilshere, Delph, Lallana; Welbeck, Rooney.

looks like the diamond with lallana at #10. solid stuff. thoughts?
might've preferred clyne to chambers on the right, i think he offers more attack. on the flipside chambers defends set pieces better.
we had a win again 1 - nill win, we had 3 wins 0 losses 0 draws.

Wenny123
Bravo on the big win!
Good win for our England, 5 - nill win

Wenny123
why is nathaniel clyne not in the squad? he's been a hell of a right back even since his crystal palace days. hopefully woy saw his screamer against the arsenal.
So what would you guys consider the biggest international rivalry in the british isles?

England- Rep Ireland?
Northern Ireland-Rep Ireland?
England -Scotland?
This question crossed my mind and I am really curious to know!
I think it would be either England-Scotland and/or Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland
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depends on who you ask. England has fierce (but respectful) rivalries with all of the home nations, due to our shared history.

England vs any of the other home nations is always eagerly anticipated in Rugby.

Not so much in football, though. In football it'll be the Irish "derby" or England v Scotland.
I must say I think last night's game showed why Rooney is better suited as a striker than a #10.

Keeping Sterling as the tip of the midfield diamond ensured that our progression from midfield was much more dynamic on the counter.

This 4-4-2 diamond is still a work in progress and there are areas to address (I'm not convinced Wilshere works well at the base of the diamond) but I like that we can have two strikers deployed further up the field.

------------Back Four
-------------Milner
---Henderson---Wilshere
-------------Sterling
---------Rooney---Welbeck

Sturridge/Walcott/Ox/Welbeck/Lambert/ and more can rotate in and out.

The core of this team can stick together for the next 5 years and still be in their mid-late twenties. I think now is definitely the time to be experimenting with this formation since we have a relatively easy qualification group. If we can iron out some of the wrinkles by 2016 we might just avoid embarrassing ourselves in the KO stages!
rooney's not a #10 for me, LVG might make it work but surely sterling on form looks more natural there. sturridge obviously is first-choice no matter how well welbeck does against switzerland, much as I love danny, sturridge just has more technique and finishing prowess
not bad! play to the strengths!


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The young Lithuania and Leicester City striker Simonas Stankevicius tells Stuart James how he hopes pride can counter talent at Wembley
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Martin O’Neill needs to find the right balance in midfield, Kieran Gibbs should start for England and Gareth Bale can shake off his clásico disappointment
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Roy Hodgson said he was delighted to see Wayne Rooney back in a forward role for Manchester United and is unlikely to start with Harry Kane against Lithuania
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Before the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and the friendly in Italy, the England captain said he was delighted with ‘the strongest group of strikers’ being available
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Roy Hodgson has told Theo Walcot he faces an ‘important few months’ in his England career as emerging rivals threaten his place in the team
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The FA chairman, Greg Dyke, said he has had no contract discussions with the England manager, Roy Hodgson, whose current deal is up after Euro 2016
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Not so long ago, England’s No1 was dropped from the Manchester City side but he is now enjoying a stand-out season, as his recent performance against Barcelona at the Camp Nou demonstrated
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Tottenham’s main man Harry Kane had to start in a roving midfield role for England Under-19s but he is highly to win his first full cap as a major component of Roy Hodgson’s strikeforce
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Fraser Forster could be on the sidelines for a year after scans confirmed the goalkeeper had fractured a kneecap
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Tottenham’s 29-goal striker Harry Kane has eased into his new surroundings at St George’s Park and will be the big draw at a sold-out Wembley on Friday
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The Anfield winger will feature on Friday but won’t play in the Italy friendly next week as he has been struggling with a toe injury
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The FA chairman, Greg Dyke, explains the changes he wants Premier League clubs to implement which he believes will give homegrown players more opportunities and boost England’s chances of winning the World Cup in Qatar
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Premier League academies are producing the players but first-team opportunities remain limited because of clubs’ short-term goals
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Ryan Mason has been rewarded for his eye-catching progress at Tottenham Hotspur by following Harry Kane into senior England squad
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Premier League academies are producing the players but first-team opportunities remain limited because of clubs’ short-term goals
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Greg Dyke has proposed Premier League clubs should be forced to increase homegrown players in their squads from eight to 12
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England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and the friendly in Italy are ideal opportunities for Roy Hodgson to try out a few things
3 days ago
Daniel Sturridge is a serious doubt for England’s qualifying game against Lithuania and next week’s friendly against Italy after suffering a hip injury with Liverpool
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Roy Hodgson has praised Jordan Henderson and described the Liverpool midfielder as a key member of England’s leadership group before their European Championship qualifier against Lithuania
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Anyone who turns down England, at any level, ought to know it is going to be held against them for many years. Ince has just given potential buyers a reason, fair or not, to suspect he might be a bit flaky

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