With the whole furore surrounding Rio Ferdinand’s selection/non-selection for the England National team, it feels as though at some point soon Woy will be picking his side from the depths of the ‘most exciting’ league in the world – the Championship.
What would Woy find upon a trip there apart from sackings-a-plenty and Neil Warnock’s cursory glances towards linesman? Find out below in the best England XI that can be put together with the also-rans of the nPower Championship.
The only rule…they must be English.
GK Lee Grant (Burnley)
The Burnley keeper is one of those players that represented England at every level under the sun and never made it to the big one. He’s made over 358 appearances, most at Championship level, and has been almost ever-present the past five years, save his first season at Burnley. Take nothing away from Grant but if Paddy Kenny hadn’t have had those seven caps for Ireland he’d have been in here. After all, there’s nothing like having a man used to having his eyebrows bitten off at the back now is there.
LB – Wayne Bridge (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Dating Frankee Sandford and living the easy life down in the Championship down at the AmEx there seemingly wasn’t any other choice. Seriously. There’s hardly any other good English full-backs in the division.
RB – Lloyd Doyley (Watford)
Named after one of those things they used to put under plates at dinner parties in the old days.
Is a Doyley reliable? Before my time.
Is Doyley reliable? Very.
He even scored the second goal of his career this season.
CB – Wes Morgan (Leicester City)
A stalwart of East Midlands Championship clubs that captains the meanest defence in the division. Chips in with the odd goal as well.
CB – Mark Hudson (Cardiff City)
A journeyman Championship centre-back, who has been at a clutch of clubs in the division and may finally get a winners medal round his neck this year.
MC – Michael Brown (Leeds United)
Reports in the week had it that Brown was personally championing Callum McManaman’s cause at an FA hearing. Today he proudly finds himself providing “that” bite in central midfield for this England ‘B’ side.
MC – Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City)
The forward-thinking man in the centre of this midfield has a left foot that is unmatched across the entire league. His delivery is excellent and is one of those players that can be relied upon to score as well.
LM – Thomas Ince (Blackpool)
Has been managed by more gaffers than he’s had hot dinner this season and still managed to maintain the form that has had the big clubs sniffing around. Blistering pace and has now added goals to his game with 19 so far this season.
RM – Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Already capped by England and officially on-loan from Manchester United, this 20-year-old is the best player in the entire league, foreign players included.
ST – Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace)
He may not have converted against his old club Brighton on Sunday. Murray is the proud scorer of 30 goals already this season though and could yet push Palace to an automatic promotion spot.
ST – Frazier Campbell (Cardiff City)
Has been the X-Factor for the table toppers and his vital goals are likely to ensure Cardiff wrap up the title. Can’t see him transferring his goalscoring exploits into the Premier League though and unless Stuart Pearce is put in charge again he’s unlikely to get anymore “real” England caps. Wales it is then.
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