Monday, June 21, 2010

John Terry Backs up Joe Cole to Start against Slovenia

Chelsea captain John Terry is now reportedly battling for Joe Cole to be placed in England’s starting line up against Slovenia, a match that the Three Lions must win to secure their place in the last 16.

Terry has been the reason for England players’ fury following his recent public comment on various team aspects. His tone appeared to trigger a mutiny in the England camp when he said that he would lead a group of senior players to approach coach Fabio Capello and let him know what the players want ahead of the ‘do or die’ match on Wednesday.

Giving example of England’s 1990 World Cup campaign when a group of senior players requested coach Bobby Robson to switch the team formation from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 which resulted in having good effect, Terry said he would ask Capello to feature a 4-5-1 formation with Rooney playing as a lone striker and Joe Cole occupying the left wing.

However, John Terry has finally moved back after realizing that he could be left isolated in his attempt as the senior players like Rooney and Lampard may not support him in his pursuit.

There are some football experts who also believe 4-5-1 formation would best suit the England team and would bring out the best from the Three Lions players. However, given the current physical state of Rooney after his recent injury, it appears that the lone striker’s role could be a burden for the Manchester United star.

Joe Cole was impressive in the pre-tournament friendly matches considering his contribution to the England attack. However, he was overlooked for both the matches against USA and Algeria.

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