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If You Were McClaren, What Side Would You Pick?

agbonlahor If You Were McClaren, What Side Would You Pick?England’s next match is November 15th in a friendly against the Netherlands, and it’s a perfect opportunity for Steve McClaren to regain the confidence of England fans and determine which players need to be on the teamsheet for their next Euro 2008 qualifying match on March 24, 2007.

It’ll be a perfect opportunity to test new systems and players. Here’s who I would pick:

Robinson
Neville, Ferdinand, Terry, Bridge
Agbonlahor, Gerrard, Hargreaves, J. Cole
Johnson, Walcott

Robinson needs to play again to regain his confidence. The only change in the back four I would make is to drop the ineffective Ashley Cole. In midfield, I would give Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor (pictured above) his national debut to add width to the England side, with Gerrard in the middle along with the holding midfielder Hargreaves (if fit), and Joe Cole to add a different dimension down the left wing.

Up front, it’s Arsenal’s Theo Walcott to add speed and unpredictability to England’s attack, and Andrew Johnson to rip the Dutch defense apart.

If you were Steve McClaren, what team would you pick against Holland?


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