Roy Hodgson has names his squad to face Moldova and the Ukraine for their up coming World Cup Qualifiers with John Terry, Ashley Cole, Joleon Lescott, Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard back in the squad.
Hodgson has called up the same three goalkeepers with Hart, Butland and Ruddy in the squad, but in defence Chelsea’s Terry and Cole are back in the squad along with youngster Ryan Bertrand and Gary Cahill. Tottenham’s Steven Caulker doesn’t make the squad, although he has been called up to Stuart Pearce’s U-21 squad for their qualifying matches but Kyle Walker has been recalled back into the squad. Glen Johnson and Joleon Lescott are also recalled with Everton’s Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka have also been called back up.
In midfield Hodgson has recalled Steven Gerrard back into the squad with Jake Livermore, Ashley Young and Jack Rodwell not making the squad. Rodwell will join Caulker with the U-21’s. Up-front Danny Welbeck has been called up and joins Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe and Daniel Sturridge.
Depending on what formation Hodgson is going to play, I hope that Defoe starts as he has already shown with England and Tottenham that he is goal scoring form. But with the game against Moldova, I can’t help but feel that Hodgson has the chance to try out people like Butland, Bertrand and Oxlade-Chamberlain from the start as they should sill have the quality to beat them.
Personally I have been impressed with Jagielka’s start to the season and I would like to see the centre partnership be Jagielka and Cahill with Baines and Walker either side. If Hodgson does go with a 4-4-2 then I would imagine that Milner would start, but I don’t think they would need someone that is going to do the job he does against Moldova. If England went with pace then they would push Moldova back and cause a lot more goal scoring opportunities. It would be good to see Carrick and Cleverley in midfield with Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left with Adam Johnson on the right and up front have Defoe and Welbeck. But if Hodgson was to play 4-2-3-1 then I would like to see Oxlade-Chamberlain behind Defoe with Bertrand on the left wing and Johnson on the right, or Walcott.
Against the Ukraine England would face a much stronger opponent than Moldova but one that they should manage to get a result over. In a game like this I could understand the use of the more experienced players in but defence I would keep Jagielka and Cahill but maybe Lampard or Gerrard in midfield and Milner out wide with Cole back in at left back and Johnson in for Walker. Up front I would swap Welbeck for Carroll but leave Defoe in.
Here is a full list of the England Squad to face Moldova and Ukraine.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).