Football FanCast guest columnist Andy Freeman feel that Carlton Cole more than warrants a chance to lead the line for England.
There must come a time when Fabio Capello looks at Carlton Cole and accept that he is everything that Emile Heskey isn’t and look to give him the starting nod he deserves in the England team. I don’t think that the guy can do much more, especially when he is scoring goals against the best teams and defences in the country.
I’m no West Ham fan, but I don’t need a weatherman to tell me when it is raining and why I can understand why Capello likes having a target man upfront, surely it is better to have one that scores goals as well. A lot of pro Heskey fans tell me that his presence in the team brings the best out of Rooney, a statement that always confuses me and makes little sense when you consider that Cole has yet to be given the run of games to play alongside him. Is it so inconceivable to think that Rooney and England may actually benefit from having two out and out strikers, something that Heskey can never be classified as?
So why doesn’t Capello give him the opportunity, is it simply because West Ham are struggling? Why I understand the premise of not picking players who maybe short of confidence, Cole certainly isn’t and as said he is scoring against the top sides. Peter Crouch has only scored one Premier League goal this season and yet he was given the nod, ahead of Cole in the recent game against Belarus.
Surely if England is to be successful the Capello needs the presence of two strikers, who apart from perhaps being dissimilar in styles both have the ability to put the ball in the back of net. It is alright to say that Heskey’s presence brings the best out in Rooney, but what happens if the United striker is misfiring, who then is going to take on the goalscoring mantle in an important World Cup game, surely Capello is putting all his striking eggs in one basket; is that really the right way to approach South Africa 2010?