Saturday, 29 May 2010
What is Capello up to?
The team for Japan isn't just experimental, it is positively weird. The side in full reads:
David James, Glen Johnson, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Theo Walcott, Tom Huddlestone, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent.
To begin, what is the point of starting with Rooney? We know what the guy can do and, on his own admission, he is feeling jaded and in need of rest. Capello, himself, has said that the team have to learn how to play without Rooney and yet Capello starts him every game. What happens if Rooney is injured tomorrow? How stupid would that be? Why risk him? Why?
Then there is the selection of David James. What is that about? We know what he can do too and he is hardly in need of the experience. Hart, on the other hand, looks the best of the three keepers but still has only 90 minutes of international football, spread over two games, under his belt. Surely he should have started this game ahead of Calamity?
But what is really strange is the inclusion of BOTH Lennon and Walcott. We know Lennon can't play on the left, he's about as effective there as Stanislas and Spector, so what is going on? Can we expect to see Walcott and Lennon switching flanks? Very, very weird.
And then there is Huddlestone. He isn't a midfield anchor man but that's where he is playing! If we picked this team against Brazil or Spain, we would be ripped apart.
No Parker and no Upson either; it's looking like Green will be the only Hammer on the plane. And if Upson is left out, he will only have himself to blame. To describe his season as average would be unfair to the word average. Looking after himself for the World Cup may be about to bite him on the arse big time!
Posted by Hammersfan at 18:14