The England team, give or take the odd Upson, James, or Heskey
Just today, Liverpool’s crocked centre forward, Fernando Torres, said this (as reported in the Daily Mail):
“People say that Spain have the best starting XI in the world but when you look at England on paper, they have the second strongest XI in the world.”
A high compliment indeed, and few would argue that Spain on paper make for some pretty chilling reading. But England in second place?
The Spoiler would probably suggest that Argentina – with Messi, Tevez, Higuain, Milito, Mascherano, Cambiasso, Demichelis – look pretty strong, regardless of having a bonkers manager.
Or Brazil, with a spine consisting of Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Kaka, and Robinho. Not to mention Holland, France, Germany, Italy, Ivory Coast – all of whom look pretty strong on paper.
But who would YOUR second best team in the world be? And, more importantly, was Torres just being nice?