Sunday, May 30, 2010

World Cup 2010: A few first thoughts

1. Who are the seven players that should miss out on Fabio Capello’s final England squad? I’d leave out Stephen Warnock, Mathew Upson, Tom Huddlestone (unless Gareth Barry fails to prove his fitness), Scott Parker, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson and Emile Heskey.

2. Michael Essien’s troublesome knee has caused him to be ruled out of Ghana’s squad. Such a pity, for with Essien, I thought Ghana were near certainties to make it through to the knockout round.

3. Diego Maradona has picked only a single player capable of playing at full-back, Gabriel Heinze, in his Argentina squad. It’s simply unfathomable, how Javier Zanetti, who has been exceptional for Internazionale in their treble winning campaign, could have been overlooked.

4. Spain, in the eyes of most, are favourites for the World Cup. I would however pick Brazil as the team most likely to lift the trophy. The squad may lack some of the celebrated flair of the great Brazilian teams of days gone by, but Dunga’s set-up is as fluid as it is solid.

5. The Netherlands, as always possess a formidable attacking force and if Robben, Sneijder and van Persie are in their elements, they are capable of beating the best. But, devoid of a sufficiently strong backline, the Dutch are likely to be found wanting at the latter stages of the tournament.


ayan said...

I think Walcott should be left out of the squad instead of Wright-Phillips.

Suhrith said...

I know Walcott hasn't had the best of seasons at Arsenal, but Wright-Phillips just doesn't cut it at that level for me. Walcott has at least shown glimpses of promise and he is a far better finisher than Wright-Phillips.

Suhrith said...

Capello has in the end preferred Wright-Phillips to Walcott. I can understand Warnock over Baines and even to a much smaller extent Heskey over Bent, but Dawson's form in the League should have surely seen him get into the 23 ahead of Upson.