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Euro 2012 - Who's Playing Themselves Onto (and off) The England Plane?

Monday 23rd January 2012
It's fair to say that most of the 23 places aboard the plane taking the England squad to Donetsk in the summer have been sewn up if Fabio Capello's selection policy is anything to go by, but in this blog I'd like to look at some players who could force themselves into the reckoning going on current form, and those who should be left at home.

John Ruddy (Norwich, Goalkeeper)

He won't play barring catastrophe with Joe Hart guaranteed the jersey for years to come, but I see no harm in taking the Canaries stopper as a second or third choice. Influential in Norwich's brilliant season so far, coupled with a lack of quality English goalkeepers should see him take a place in the 23-man squad.

On or off?: On.
Scott Sinclair (Swansea, Winger)

How Chelsea must be kicking themselves after seeing the player that this man has turned into. Having scored in every home win for the Swans, the winger has the two attributes that rarely seem to go hand-in-hand for English widemen – both pace and a quality final ball. Should Capello make one ‘shock' decision, it should be this one.

On or off?: On.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal, Winger)

This is the man who I believe should make way for Sinclair – consistently inconsistent for the national side and his form equally turbulent for the Gunners. His pace is a huge threat, but give him time and his lack of ‘footballing brain' is painfully obvious. Good service will be crucial for Rooney et al, and Walcott cannot supply it.

On or off?: Off.

Glen Johnson (Liverpool, Right-Back)

This is a tricky call. For someone who in the broadest sense is a defender, it is his biggest flaw. Undoubtedly one of the best attacking full-backs in England, but when the likes of Arjen Robben will be running at him, who would you fancy in that battle? It says a lot about the quality of English right-backs when he is considered the best by Capello. The perennially overlooked Richards, Kyle Walker and Danny Simpson should be considered ahead of him.

On or off? Off.

There is obviously plenty of time for injuries and what have you to occur, but assuming everyone stays fit, there still many more players who could play themselves into contention (Leon Britton, Danny Graham, Peter Crouch, Grant Holt), or conversely out of it (Daniel Sturridge, Phil Jagielka, Stewart Downing) but with the amount of ‘unfancied' English players having great seasons, Mr. Capello must have a lot of think about between now and June.
Tom Minton

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