DjchunKfunK wrote:I think last nights formation was down to the players available rather than a desire to change systems. During the qualifiers England have been playing a tweaked version of 4-3-3.
We played OK last night, but are quite clearly missing someone dynamic in midfield who has a creative spark and can link up midfield with attack. There is nothing Hodgson can really do about that as there are just not those types of players around. It is down to clubs to create more of this type of player, but we are still stuck in an age where power and strength win out over skill during player development.
Reading an article in the Guardian last week about how Germany managed to change their system in 2002, made me feel like giving up on international football as there is just no collective will to do anything similar here. There also isn't any time for an England manager to develop a team before the media gets on his back. Hodgson has to qualify for the World Cup or the media will call for him to be sacked and he will have to get out of the group or again he will call to be sacked. This is despite the fact that we don't really have a top quality striker, apart from Rooney, and are severely lacking in creativity.
Isn't that exactly what Rooney should be doing?
Sturridge is a great striker as well, I think he should be tried with Rooney behind, providing a similar service Coutinho does for Sturridge at Liverpool. Have to say, before we signed him he wasn't really on my radar at all, but seeing him up close I've been very impressed. Not just the number of goals he's scored for us, but also his overall game awareness (as seen by his assist last night) and work-rate.
I'd say that he should be England's no9, but after his ankle injury last night I actually hope he'll continue to be over-looked.