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England vs Italy: Pick Your Starting Line-Up

England will face Italy on Sunday in Kiev. The winner will book a semi-final place against Germany, but if you’re Roy Hodgson, who is going to be in your starting line-up?

You could argue that Hodgson hasn’t made a wrong move yet in this tournament in terms of his team selection. But you may agree that there are opportunities to improve the selection, to make this England team even stronger, especially when they play a former World Cup champion such as Italy.

Here’s my England starting line-up that I would like to see:

Hart

Johnson — Terry — Lescott — Cole

Walcott — Gerrard — Parker — Young

Rooney

Carroll

The two changes are Andy Carroll coming in for Danny Welbeck. I think Carroll’s height and brute force will trouble the Italy defense. While Italy is trying to deal with Carroll, who is always a handful, I’d like to see Theo Walcott sprinting down the right wing to give England another factor to trouble the Italians. Knowing Hodgson, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts James Milner start on the right wing to nullify the Italian attacks down that flank, and then add Walcott later in the match, similar to what Hodgson did against Sweden.

What’s your suggested starting line-up for England? Post yours in the comments section below.

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20 Responses to England vs Italy: Pick Your Starting Line-Up

  1. ricky says:

    Hart
    Johnson–terry–lescott–cole
    Walcott–gerrard–young
    Chamberlain
    Rooney–carroll

  2. Paul says:

    so put Carroll into the starting line-up for reasons that have nothing to do with skills or technique. No wonder England hasn’t won anything since 66.

    • The Gaffer says:

      No, it’s skill and technique also. As we saw against Sweden, he’s certainly gifted. But his physical strength will be a factor as well as his heading ability.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Paul says:

        what? I must be mad then. Welbeck is superior player to Carroll in both skill and technique. Even though Carroll is touted as being good in the air, he has participated in 10 areal duels and won 3. Welbeck has participated in 4 areal duels and won 3.
        I just dont get it.

        • The Gaffer says:

          It’s not all about winning aerial duels. Having Carroll in the box will add a different dimension to England’s attacks. Welbeck is gifted, too. But I believe he’ll be outmuscled by a strong Italian defense (just as Welbeck was easily knocked off the ball many times against Sweden).

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

  3. Borislav says:

    Hart
    Johnson Terry Lescott Baines
    Gerrard Parker
    Walcott Rooney Chamberlain
    Welbeck

  4. Tommy says:

    Hart
    Jones Lescott Terry Cole
    Gerard Parker
    Walcott Rooney Young
    Welbeck

  5. cherryengland says:

    Hart
    JOHNSON TERRY LESCOTT BAINES

    MILNER PARKER

    GERRARD YOUNG

    ROONEY
    CARROL/WELBECK

  6. R.Davies says:

    Hart
    Johnson. Terry. Lescott. Cole
    Gerrard
    Chamberlain
    Walcott. Rooney. Wellbeck.
    Carroll

  7. England is winning two nil.

  8. bryce says:

    hart
    johnson terry lescott cole

    parker gerrard
    walcott chamberlain

    young

    rooney

  9. Alessia says:

    This is what I think the england line up will be
    Hart
    Johnson Terry Lescott Cole
    Parker Gerrard
    Walcott Young
    Carroll Rooney
    But I am supporting Italy for this game and this is what I think the line up will be
    Buffon
    Bonucci Barzagli Thiago Motta Maggio
    De Rossi Marchisio Pirlo
    Ballotelli Di Natale

  10. MOUSEYBOY says:

    The Gaffer obviously knows his football……….spot on with his selection & responses to other ideas.

    We all have our favorites & no so favorites…..but we have to pick a team to contend with the Italians , wno are no mugs!!

    Pace alone will not bring us reward, they will tire and Italy will take advantage….bring on the pace boys later on in the game if need be.

    All you Carroll bashers wish he hadn’t scored then???

    IPSWICH FOREVER.

  11. Guy says:

    I guarantee Roy is not going to suddenly drop Milner, who has started every match, from the lineup. He is Roy’s kind of player, regardless of what fans/pundits may think of his value/production.

    Given my track record, I never bet more than $1 on anything. However, on this one I’d be willing to go crazy and bet a whole beer at my local pub.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2012/jun/22/euro-2012-james-milner-england

  12. ba says:

    Hart

    Johnson Terry Lescott Cole

    Parker

    Walcott gerrard young

    Rooney
    Wellbeck

  13. Alessia says:

    I guess I was wrong

  14. William says:

    Hart

    Johnson Terry Lescott Cole

    Parker

    Milner Gerrard Walcott

    Rooney
    Carroll

  15. mx2000 says:

    Hart
    Johnson Terry Lescott Cole
    Oxlade -Chamberlain Parker Gerrard Walcott
    Carroll Welbeck

  16. Bigyan says:

    I would love to see Downing in action in this game. My team would be:
    Johnson Terry Lescott Cole
    Parker Gerrard
    Downing Young
    Rooney
    Carroll

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