England have been tipped by many as potential World Cup Winners this Summer in South Africa. But while all the focus seems to be on the Forward and Midfield area, in my opinion England have no chance of World Cup Glory as their Defence is not capable to perform to the highest standards needed to win a World Cup.
First of all Fabio Capello is unsure who his first choice keeper is going to be for the Finals, with David James, Joe Hart and Robert Green vying for the number one shirt. James can be either outstanding or pathetic, not a great advertisement when your going to a World Cup, Hart and Green haven’t played enough competitive games for their defence to be confident enough to play with them, which in my mind doesn’t look good for England’s chances in the Summer.
Then you have a Defensive pairing of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, a couple of years ago these guy’s would inspire many a fan not this year, Terry along with his personal problems has looked out of sorts of late, culminating in him being sent-off for Chelsea against Spurs, two years ago this would never have happened because Terry would have stood up in the Challenge, showing to us all that his head is not on the game right now. Then you have Rio Ferdinand top defender on his day but has had a constant back problem which has kept him out of the United line-up, and he won’t be up to match fitness for this Summer.
There’s also problems with the regular Full-Backs, Ashley Cole along with his marital problems has only recently recovered from a serious ankle injury, meaning his head won’t be right and also his fitness won’t be there. Glenn Johnson has no serious problems apart from he can’t defend, he’s great going forward but not up to it when he needs to defend in my opinion anyway.
And the replacements are nothing to write home about either. Leighton Baines has only a handful of games under his belt for England, and wouldn’t be in the squad if Wayne Bridge was willing to travel, if the rumours are anything to go by, Ledley King, Joeleen Lescott, Wes Brown, Matthew Upson and Micah Richards will be the other replacements in defence. King can’t play two games on the trot for Spurs in the Premier League because of knee problems how is he going to cope with three games a week, Brown was shown up by Jermain Beckford of Leeds already this season how would he be able to cope with Messi or Ronaldo in that sort of form, Upson hasn’t played up to this standard regularly to be even put into the team, Lescott’s no better has had an awful season with Man City to boot, Richards is an unknown quantity at this level and maybe couple of years to early for him.
That brings me to the conclusion that England will be lucky to make the last four let alone win the World Cup, World Cup Winning teams always have a solid defence to start with, and thats something I think England Don’t have. Then again this is only my opinion and others may have a different point of view, if you do would love to here it football is all about opinions after all