SWANNY'S WORLD OF SPORT: My England team to win the Euros (well win the group at least)
Well I've seen enough already. I know the England team Roy Hodgson should pick for the opening game in the Suros against Russia on June 11.
As his defensive choices are so poor we may as well go all-out attack and try and entertain, a la Posh, but with better results obviously.
My team has a 4-1-3-2 formation.
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart. There is no serious alternative. It’s been good of Manchester City to give their ‘keeper plenty of practice this season by being so poor at the back.
Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne. He’s improved under Klopp at Liverpool. Dynamic, decent on the ball and quick to combine attack and defence competently.
Left-back: Danny Rose. Who would have thought he’d become an international when he was stinking Posh out (right) during a dreadful loan spell a few years back? Leighton Baines has gone backwards this season so forget about him.
Centre-back: John Stones. Yes I know he’s horribly over-rated and far too cocky on the ball, but if it’s a choice between Gary Cahill and Stones, I’m going for the Everton man. Anyway no-one will attack us in the group stages so Stones will be okay for a while.
Centre-back: Chris Smalling. Those asking for John Terry are suffering from an overdose of nostalgia. Those asking for Cahill are suffering from an overdose of ignorance. Smalling is the best of a bad lot.
Midfield: In my attacking team we need a top-class holding midfielder and as Chris Forrester is ineligible, Eric Dier will have to do.
Midfield: Adam Lallana. Finishing the season strongly for club and country.
Midfield: Ross Barkley. WE are going to need midfielders with energy in my starting line-up and few have more energy than Barkley. Talk of selecting sicknote Jack Wilshere is just bonkers in my opinion.
Midfield: Dele Alli. The best English player in the Premier League bar none and boasts a great understanding with the top flight’s best English striker, Harry Kane.
Striker: Harry Kane. Great finisher, great hold-up play and a great attitude. Unlike many players he doesn’t even treat England friendlies as a chore.
Striker: JamieVardy. Picking the players in form is always a good idea and no-one has been in better form than the Leicester striker over the course of this season. He used to play in non-league football you know.
No room for Wayne Rooney in my starting line-up. In fact I might not include him in the squad and thus resist the temptation to play him.
Rooney is burnt-out, prone to injury and has a desperate record in major championships.
I’d take Dean Sturridge and use him as a last-10 minutes impact sub as he’d probably break down if he played for any longer. He could be the one to finish a scoring chance late in a game though.
I’d play Jordan Henderson when he realises he’s not Steven Gerrard.