“FORM is temporary, class is permanent”
But however classy you may be, if you can’t kick a ball straight because you’re consumed by your current tabloid scandal or court appearence you probably shouldn’t be pulling on the Three Lions shirt.
Ahead of tonight’s England-France friendly, the Guardian have analysed this season’s OPTA stats to put together an all-English 4-4-2 squad based on current form rather than any other factor, and it makes for interesting reading.
They say: “Is it worth someone throwing the form book into Capello’s window?”
Here’s the cold and calculating XI, read it and weep when we’re 2-0 down after half an hour tonight –
GK – Ben Foster
DEF – Luke Young, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole
MID – Marc Albrighton, Steven Gerrard, Kevin Nolan, James Milner
ATK – Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck