Yes, nine sultry days of absolute boredom exciting International matches… and then the Premiership kicks off again and if I am correct, no more international games until February. Today’s post is not really much debate but instead a look ahead at the England vs Brazil game. It’s an interesting game and we all hope that it will be the final of the world cup next year in South Africa.
Brazil vs England, Saturday 14th November
Kaka versus Rooney… mmmm Crouch versus Fabiano, okay, so it’s games like this when we realise that we don’t have the world class players that other countries have. We do have Gerrard, Lampard, Heskey, Cole, Ferdinand all out injured, which for England is a serious amount of key injuries. At the same time, Brazil have players like Kaka, Robinho, Fabiano, amongst others available for the game. Before the game kicks off, we’re already serious underdogs.
The key Brazilian man is Kaka, and he thinks that England are serious contenders for the trophy…
“It’s not to say England weren’t a dangerous team before, but there is something different now. They look much sharper collectively, like Mr Capello’s sides are known to be. England have always had individually strong players and I am a huge fan of Stevie Gerrard, who has the heart of a lion and is the icon of the modern footballer with his ability to attack and defend so well. But what seems to have changed is the arrival of a better collective awareness. The players look much more aware with regards to movements and positioning. The attitude is also stronger. They are definitely one of the teams to consider for the trophy in South Africa. The World cup is a competition in which everything needs to work to your advantage. Players need to be fit, decisions have to go in your favour and details such as a red card can cost a team dearly. I have no doubts that England can do it. As much as the Doha game will award no points, it can work as a massive confidence boost when you beat an opponent also tipped to prevail next year.”
And you have to agree with Kaka… regardless of who’s playing and regardless of some of the losses under Capello – one thing we have under the Italian manager is the cohesion that he brings to the team and we do play much better as a team under Capello… the team tomorrow will most likely be:
Johnson – Terry – Upson – Bridge
Wright-Philips – Carrick – Jenas – Ashley Young
With Lennon, Walcott, Joe Cole and Downing all out, you’d expect the line up above… we had a massive debate down here at the World of Arsenal to see whether we would play Crouch or Defoe up front, but after much debate we thought Capello would go with the tall man up front. We have SWP and Ashley Young who are both good at crossing as well as running at players, and with Rooney just behind Crouch he will be able to mount attacks from deep… make sense?
Looking forward to it? Should be a good one…