Lampard Paired With Gerrard in England's Starting Lineup

Yes, you read correctly.

We’ve seen this story before. Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard can’t play together in the same midfield, but yet England boss Fabio Capello is going to give it another try in today’s friendly against the Czech Republic. This should be interesting.

The other surprise in the starting lineup is Gareth Barry, not because of his inclusion but because of his position. Barry will be playing left wing, definitely not his best role or the one he’s been so successful in for Aston Villa lately. Why play Barry, who has a great relationship with Gerrard and would allow the Liverpool captain to go forward, in the holding role, where Barry is best, when you can play Lampard, who gives you nothing defensively? Makes no sense to me.

Here’s the full lineup:

GK: James

RB: Brown
CB: Ferdinand
CB: Terry (captain)
LB: A. Cole

RMF: Beckham
CMF: Gerrard
CMF: Lampard
LMF: Barry

ST: Rooney
ST: Defoe

More analysis later.

5 thoughts on “Lampard Paired With Gerrard in England's Starting Lineup”

  1. Sadly, I have to interview the coach of the Cleveland City Stars who is preparing for the USL-2 title game (Saturday vs Charlotte) today at 3:30. So I’m going to miss a huge chunk of today’s England game.

  2. Defoe and Lampard are both puzzling.

    Why not slide Barry into the holding role, sit Lampard, and plug Joe Cole in on the wing? I’m no Chelsea fan, but the little fella is probably the most creative player that England has to offer.

    Then drop Defoe for Agbonlahor – I’m not a huge fan of either but at least Agbonlahor has his moments…

    Defoe is overrated – he’s the kind of striker that perfoms well in blowouts, but never wins you any close matches. Hell, even Crouch would be better!

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