Monday, 8 June 2009

"I Like"

England’s four nil thrashing of Kazakhstan at the weekend didn’t really prove that we are worthy of the Jules Rimet just yet, but the fact that we are alongside two other teams, out of 51 European countries that are hoping for qualification into next years World Cup, that have achieved maximum points so far.

Six wins take Capello and his men top of Group six, seven points clear of second place Croatia. Seven more point from our remaining four matches will make us group champions regardless of other results that occur within the group.

This is England’s best ever start to a World Cup qualifying campaign, with Terry and co still on course to match - if not beat - the 1986 and 1990 qualifying campaigns, where England didn’t lose a single match.

Not only are we leading the group comfortably, but we haven’t even found the starting 11 that will be representing England in South Africa, I think it’s fair to say we will be there. Capello is still trying out young, inexperienced players in order to find out what is the strongest England starting 11.

With the long Premier League season taking its toll on several key players, it has finally given the opportunity for other members of the squad to show what they are capable of. Ferdinand and James’s absent on Saturday gave Robert Green and Matthew Upson the chance to prove to the Italian mastermind that they are worthy of first choice back ups.

England’s next opponents are Andorra on Wednesday, with Upson expected to keep his place alongside Terry at the back, Capello could make one or two chances to the team that beat Kazakhstan, especially with Barry absent through suspension. Andorra are without a win so far and have only managed to score just two goals.

England will looking to beat the 21 goals scored during Bobby Robson’s 1986 World Cup campaign on Wednesday night as Capello’s men currently boast 20 to their name so far.

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