Happy Bank Holiday everyone… There’s been a lot going on in the World of Football, not really too much in the World of Arsenal… Yesterday saw England take on Japan and in all honesty, it was a dreadful game – yes England won – but the performance all round was quite bad considering we play our World Cup opener in 12 days.
From an Arsenal point of view, young Theo doesn’t look International quality and it’s a stark reality that I think we all knew – he doesn’t really look Arsenal standard either – sometimes we see players go through periods of bad form and bad play before they suddenly kick on and become massive players – we’ve seen it with the likes of Alex Song, Niklas Bendtner etc. And I just hope the same is for Theo Walcott – I hope he does go to the World Cup and I hope he manages to get some game time under his belt. We’ve seen that Theo can offer something very interesting to our team – he was dropped to the bench earlier this season and became a very good impact player. We’ve seen some excellent play – that run against Liverpool – the goal against Barcelona, but of course, these moments of inspiration have been too far between.
I’ll deviate from Arsenal for a while and review the England squad, which will be announced tomorrow, and take a guess at the squad:
Green, Hart, James;
Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Baines, Carragher, King, Terry, Ferdinand;
Barry, Carrick, Lampard, Gerrard, Milner, Lennon, Walcott, Joe Cole, Adam Johnson;
Heskey, Crouch, Defoe, Rooney
So after the friendlies, and the 12 minute cameo of Adam Johnson, I think he will be in the group with the likes of Lennon and Walcott. I think Capello will go for more midfielders – i.e. 9 and 7 defenders, because Milner can play right back and Barry left back if necessary and of course Jamie Carragher can both centre and right. If Barry is ruled out, which I doubt he will be, then Huddlestone would be the next in line. I feel quite bad for Scotty Parker who I think has had a better season than Barry, Carrick and Huddlestone, but seems to have been completely overlooked.
From an England point of view, I think Theo Walcott isn’t quite hitting the heights at International