The Italian has been subjected to a pile of criticism following England dramatic summer exit from the World Cup in South Africa, and has been looking to mix up the squad and replace those old long-lasting batteries with a fresh pack of Duracells.
Capello’s much awaited return to the helm at Wembley since the summer shambles began with both fans and players looking for the 64-year-old to shake up the starting line up and introduce the much needed injection of talented youth.
However as we all learnt, this was not the case.
All in all, Whilsere and teammate Gibbs were the only two players to feature on the bench who could be considered the new prospect of English football against Hungary back in August. But after a long 90 minutes, England had fallen to a 1-0 demise against Hungary and needed a double brace from Steven Gerrard to rescue them.
It must be bought to attention that Capello’s tactics have not exactly been popular amongst the public or even successful. Walcott’s axing from the squad probably came more of a surprise to the lad than his call-up from good ‘old Sven back in 2006.
As England fans, we realise that Gerrard doesn’t complement Lampard in midfield, and that Gareth Barry is far beyond his sell-by-date. But with England’s newly promised era of 2011 approaching, is Capello really going to take Jack Wilshere, one of England’s most emerging talents, and play him in Barry’s place, or even (dare I say) alongside the former-Brighton boy?
Many people seem to have dubbed Wilshere as Barry’s successor, however he does not have the physical build that holding midfielders need to control the centre of the pitch and force playmakers off the ball.
The youngster was a breath of fresh air to the Arsenal squad this season, notably in Cesc Fabregas’ absence. The way he has been getting forward for Arsenal this season not only shows his movement capabilities both on and off the ball, but in due time, will help him partner up nicely with teammate Walcott.
Spain are World Cup champions because the vast majority of the starting line-up have grown up playing alongside each other since first arriving at La Masia, and play together at club level. England need to get a team together that knows how each likes to receive the ball, right or left, overhead or on the ground.
The same cannot be said for England, which perhaps explains how badly Gerrard and Lampard are together, but if Arsene manages to convert Walcott into a striker like he did with Thierry Henry, then Wilshere will undoubtedly be shifting latch-ons left, right and centre.
Therefore it is important for Capello not to play him as a defensive midfielder but as the constructive, attacking midfielder he is already promising to become, instead of the Makalele-esque role he is planning on auditioning Wilshere for against Denmark next month.
Barry has failed to replace Owen Hargreaves since Man Utd labelled a treatment room in his name a few years back, and Capello is finally suiting-up and realising he has just not produced worthy enough performances on the pitch.
With Wenger describing his current squad as the best team he’s ever had, he is keen to see Wilshere do well for his country and produce the goods on the pitch, especially at a time when England desperately need them (no, Steven Gerrard, not you – you rescue us too much), and has claimed that the youngster can “play anywhere”, but surely it is better to play him in his strongest position. Surely?
There is no questioning the youngsters defending, but from what he has produced on the field so far this season, he looks for the one-two’s and the typical Arsenal-styled continuous passing when pushing up-field.
Wilshere will be eager to build on the 7-minute cameo that he got against Hungary back in August, but will more hopeful to release some of his youthful energy and land his name onto the score-sheet rather than the referee’s (could be male or female, no Andy Gray here) book.
I firmly believe that Wilshere should operate a more attacking role – Xavi and Lothar Matthaus style.
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