Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More hard luck for Defoe?

So despite finding himself down the pecking order at Spurs, I thought Defoe was set to benefit from England's current injury crisis. With Rooney and Owen out, it looked to me pretty obvious that Defoe should partner Crouch tomorrow evening against Croatia. Alas, if the press have got it right, indications suggest that McClaren will go for a 4-5-1 formation and leave Crouch upfront on his own.

Although England only need a draw I'd be a little bemused if we were to start with such a negative formation. I think 4-5-1 has its place, but only when you're away from home and a massive underdog (Northern Ireland away in Spain, or Derby away at ManUre for example). I'm not sure if McClaren feels England have to play like that because he lacks a second striker with the ability/form/experience or if he is opting for it for tactical reasons. Either way I disagree. I'm sure JD would do a great job for England given the chance tomorrow. Although he's only scored three international goals in 26 appearances, he's actually only started seven of those games.

And on the subject of the press and tomorrow night, there seems to be some crazy rumour that Robbo is going to be dropped in favour of Carson. Absolute twaddle as far as I'm concerned. Yes Robbo has struggled a little this season, but he’s still the best we've got. Carson has one cap – and that was against Austria where he wasn’t even troubled. If McClaren was going to drop him, surely he'd have played James on Friday night to get him back into the team in readiness for the Croatia game?

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