England are looking unstoppable in the qualifiers as they have won all four of their fixtures and need only one more point to qualify for UEFA Euro 2016. There have been many changes in the Three Lions dugout after the World Cup and the most unavoidable change was retirement of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerard. These two have always been the most important figures for England and were the backbone of the squad. After their departure Wayne Rooney has been named as the new captain and Gary Cahill the vice-captain.

It has been so far, so good. The team has been excellent and safely through to France. Euro 2016 is 18 months away from now and Hodgson and his men have sufficient time to train and study the squad. Let us have a good look at the new version of the England team and inspect the best way to assemble this squad.

So far, so good the team has been excellent and safely through to France. Euro 2016 is 18 months away from now and Hodgson and his men have sufficient time to train and study the squad. Lets us have a good look at the new version of the England team and inspect the best way to assemble this squad.

The Squad:

– Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Fraser Forster are top three goalkeepers in Hodgson’s squad in. Out of these three only Hart has experience at international level with 53 caps.

– England have a very good defense line with the likes of Cahill, Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and John Stones where as full backs are Leighton Baines, Glen Johnson, Nathaniel Clyne, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw. In the past few years Baines and Johnson have not been performing well for England and hence they might be replaced by Clyne, Luke Shaw or Chambers.

John Stones has been showing true signs of becoming a top class defender and has gained faith of his Everton Boss Roberto Martinez and is nowadays a routine starter for Everton especially in Europa League. Stones will be a very good choice partner for Gary Cahill who had an impressive world cup despite England being knocked out of group stages.

– Midfield is where the versatile nature of this squad is personified.  Players like Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson can occupy any position in central midfield. Currently Henderson is playing deep and Wilshere is the pivot. James Milner and Ross Barkley are positionally identical and can be deployed in either central mid or on any flank. Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling are the wingers who add directness in the game and dynamism to the squad.

– England have a very good attacking front with players like Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck. Rooney has the versatility to play as an attacking midfielder a center forward and as a striker where as Daniel Sturridge and Welbeck are preferred in classic number nine position.

How to Deploy this team:

The most suitable formation for this team will be classic 4-3-3 formation with a triangle of Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley/ James Milner with Oxlade Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling on the flanks and Rooney upfront.

Flaws and Hitches:

This team looks good on paper but there are a few drawbacks of this team. Firstly this team lacks experienced figures in many places Wayne Rooney has the highest number of caps 101 and second is Joe Hart with 53 caps. Second is lack of maturity and goal scorers in the midfield area most of the midfielders in this team are below the age of 26. The maturity of any midfielder comes into play after the age of 26 and here James Milner is the only player above that age. It is very necessary for any team to have goal scoring midfielder for example Germany have Muller and Spain have Isco, Lampard and Gerrard were the only English midfielders who had the eye for scoring goals and after their departure England have a void in that area.

Is England capable of Winning Euro 2016?

Taking it all into the account England is a very good team and this squad is made for the future. Players like Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Oxlade Chamberlain, Luke Shaw etc have a long way to go and they will be among major stars in world football. England teams always had a good team on paper but they fail to replicate it on the field. This team has the capability to win many major competitions in the future provided they fulfill their potential, get top class coaching and maintain this good form.

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