There have been a few surprises in Fabio Capello’s latest England squad. Most notably with the selection of uncapped players such as Andy Carroll, Jay Bothroyd, Chris Smalling and Jordan Henderson. In light of Chris Smalling’s inclusion in the latest squad we take a look at his credentials and try to analyse whether he deserves his place or not.
Firstly, some would argue that the likes of Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson thoroughly deserve their place in the latest squad as their club form has proved impressive. Carroll is Newcastle’s top scorer and Henderson has established himself as an important figure in a Sunderland side that finds itself competing for a place in Europe.
However, slight debate surrounds Capello’s selection of Chris Smalling. His form at Manchester United hasn’t exactly set the Premier League alight, and along with his youth and inexperience is he really ready to take to the world stage?
Furthermore controversy surrounds Smallings inclusion as Kevin Davies has been omitted, which seems a bit harsh on the Bolton skipper, who made his debut against Montenegro last month and excelled in front of Capello against Tottenham last week.
However, It would seem that Chris Smalling’s introduction to the England set up is a shrewd move by Capello according to Gary Pallister, former Manchester United and England centre back. “I remember when I was in the England squad under Terry Venables and he called up Rio and Joe Cole from West Ham at the time to just get a feel of the set-up, he added. They trained with us as teenagers and they had a look around and got the feel of what it is like being in the set-up. It was great for them to be blooded like that because when they were eventually called up to play for England the nerves wouldn’t have been as bad.”
So what do you think? Is Chris Smalling’s elevation to the England full squad by Capello a clever move by the Italian, or will it prove detrimental to the defenders long term progression? What are your overall thoughts?
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