Just as we were getting into the new Premier League season, it’s time for an International break… The man himself, Jimmy Bullard, has given us his thoughts ahead of the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
No disrespect, but England should blow these two sides away in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
I’ve had a look at Malta and couldn’t see one name in there that will cause us any grief on Friday and then from the Slovakia side, there’s Hamsik and Skrtel who are the only guys who could be any sort of danger, but even so, these should be two very comfortable victories.
Other than a couple of years when we had calamity James and Rob Green in goal, we’ve always had a relatively decent set of shot stoppers to choose from. It’s a shame for Pickford that he’s out of the squad with a muscle injury, but Buckland, Heaton and Hart are all very solid in my opinion.
It looks like Joe Hart will be keeping his number one spot, and for me, he’s a top, top keeper, who has come under a lot of unnecessary stick over the years. He’s a vital member of the England squad and is a real leader of men who the younger players can learn a lot from.
Defensively, we’re solid enough, with lads like Cahill, Stones, Bertrand and Walker, to name a few, included in the squad. We’ll see how good the defence really is when, hopefully, we come up against the likes of Spain and Argentina in the World Cup.
There aren’t many, what I’d call, ‘Traditional Centre Halves’, like JT or Adams in there, but to be fair to Southgate, he wants them to play football and for guys like Stones, that comes very naturally so I think we’ll finally see an ‘identity’ and a definitive style to England’s football.
Our Midfield is very young, so we will have plenty of energy, not just in these games, but when we come up against the big teams in the world cup where I can’t see us getting run off the pitch at all.
One player we will miss is Adam Lallana, who is technically brilliant, but is also very good at linking play. He’s got a left foot, right foot, great vision and has added goals to his game since playing under Klopp, so hopefully he gets over this injury and is in the squad and fit next summer.
Jermain Defoe has scored goals wherever he’s gone, however old he is and it’s great to see him back in the squad. He came out in the week and said how much of a miss Wayne Rooney will be to the team and it’ll be important that he uses his experience and knowledge of the game to help out the youngsters.
If I was the gaffer I’d start with Kane and Rashford up top. Harry’s goal scoring record in the league speaks for itself and when you look at Rashford’s pace and ability to take players on, for me, you have to start those two, who are going to cause Malta and Slovakia all sorts of problems.
Looking at the chaos of the transfer market then and I think The Ox’s move to Liverpool will be fantastic for him. Hopefully he gets to play down the middle, which is clearly his preferred position, and the reason he’s chosen to join The Reds over Chelsea. This could benefit the England team as well, as we could do with an explosive player who can run at players and carry the ball from midfield.
I don’t know what’s going on at Arsenal, but I’m sure The Ox is happy with his fresh start.
It was such an embarrassing performance by Arsenal at Anfield, I don’t know where to start – the players didn’t want to be there and Wenger clearly has a mind of his own! Why would you go out and spend all that money on a player like Lacazette and then start him on the bench in such a big game?!
When you sign for a club like Arsenal the first thing he’d have looked at is when they’re playing the Liverpool’s, Chelsea’s and United’s, so Lacazette won’t have been happy about that decision.
Anyway, hopefully England get the job done and get us one step closer to the World Cup after this international break!
COME ON ENGLAND!!!