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Is there a case for England picking the freshest players?

We truly have exhausted you with two mailboxes over the weekend but we need your help again. Mail us at   A case for choosing fresher, less good players Is it not entirely possible that the ultra energetic, aggressive pressing style of the three teams that currently play the more attractive football in England´s top flight, Man City, Spurs and Liverpool, will get to March, April with less energy left in the tank than Chelsea and Man United? Only Man City´s astonishing squad depth might see them over the line. All in all, it´s the players who don’t play twice a week and over 65 games in a Premier League season that will have the most energy for the World Cup. I can remember Sven saying only the boy from Bayern was at any level of fitness for a World Cup tournament due to the winter break in Germany. Owen Hargreaves was England´s player of the tournament that year which doesn´t seem like a coincidence. Hence Gareth Southgate ought to be considering (he won´t be) a first team full of players who have played way less than twice a week. Kane, Alli, Dier, Trippier, Stones, Walker and probably Sterling and Rashford will be so knackered that they´ll all get the bullet for underperforming come June. I can only think of Danny Rose, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Nathaniel Chalobah and perhaps Harry Winks who may have less than 40 games this season. Other possible squad players – Jack Wilshere, Sturridge and Dat Guy are on/off injured anyway, but one of the three will be injury free and full of beans for June surely. Peter, Andalucia   Don’t judge England fans In reply to Yaru, Malayasia’s claims our support is sh*t. I don’t think you realise that Ox and Wilshere get paid £120,000 and £90,000 per week respectively so we expect a certainly standard from them that rarely give especially when it matters. I’ve watched international games in the Philippines (they were playing Malaysia one of those times) and Thailand. The fans are passionate and loud regardless of the quality of the football but it’s easy when your players aren’t paid ridiculous amounts then turn up and play like hungover amateurs. I’m sure watching Malaysia is more entertaining than watching England as your players actually put in effort, are proud to represent their country therefore you are proud to support them. It’s difficult for you to understand what it’s like supporting an international team packed full of some of the highest-paid players in the world who lost (no disrespect intended) so badly to Iceland (population 330,000) at the last Euros, that’s just one example over the many years of frustration. Most of those players who embarrassed us are still playing for England, playing poorly and will embarrass us again next summer if selected which is why we should give the youngsters a chance, we will cheer them just like you would your own team. Malaysia (population 31 million), your country is ranked 170 in the world behind heavyweights like Afghanistan (a country ravaged by war and terrorism), Andorra (a principality not a country, population 77,000) and South Sudan (A country only founded in 2011). You must have low expectations for your team so cannot fathom what it is like to support a massively under-performing team full of over-paid, entitled but painfully average players like England so cannot pass judgement on our opinions. However when your team finally have internationally recognized players and qualify for a WC feel free to criticize us all you want. William, Leicester   Hoping Italy lose So, apparently the Italian FA have called Infantini at FIFA and demanded a strong referee performance in their return match against Sweden. What does that even mean? Surely this is anti-sporting behaviour of the highest degree. I kind of felt sad about the prospect of a WC without Italy, but now I really hope they lose!! Andreas (Sorry NI, but that was a penalty) Los Angeles   Anybody as sh*t as Seferovic? I haven’t watched an awful lot of Switzerland national team matches but the scarcity of competitive football during the latest international break forced me into some interest in their play-off match against Northern Ireland. One thing that struck me during the second leg of the play-off was just how awful Haris Seferovic was given the numerous chances he missed for his team. It was just infuriating even for someone who didn’t have any affiliation to the Swiss. The performance was incredibly rotten for a forward leading the line for a team as good as Switzerland. Anyway, Seferovic’s sh*t show got me thinking whether I’d seen another striker produce such a horror show especially while turning up for a rather good team. I thought I’d put it up for the mailbox to highlight some of these performances that have lost a professional footballer’s dignity in a space of 90 minutes. Sommi (Chelsea’s Fernando Torres all day, everyday) Nairobi   Northern Ireland should appeal Have Northern Ireland considered appealing the outcome of the first-leg play-off with FIFA? The think tanks at FIFA set a precedent when they ordered a replay of a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal because of the actions of the referee, who was adjudged to have unduly influenced the outcome of the match in South Africa’s favour, South Africa won that match 2-1. This decision effectively annulled their golden rule of the referee’s word is final. TK (South Africa), South Africa lost that replay by the way   Out of Africa A big congratulations to Nigeria for not not only being the first African team to qualify for the World Cup but for also being unbeaten in the the qualifying series… I am expecting a lot from them and I am tipping them for the the quarter-finals as they have a very young squad filled with players who play across the world.. one thing I like about this this Nigeria side is there is no big ego among them unlike previous years and I am also tipping Kelechi Ihenaecho to be the Nigerian star at the tournament… The match between Nigeria and Algeria shows why African football will remain stagnant. How can you award a penalty because someone tries to track down the opposition player in box, Even Slimani was shocked when the referee blew the whistle as he didn’t know what happened. Moving on, Senegal also qualified for the World Cup by beating South Africa in South Africa, ensuring that there will at least...


Published By: Fottball 365 - Monday, 13 November, 2017

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