Grab a pen, Fabio!
At some point between now and next summer, everyone from young toddlers to muttering old grandmas will be doodling their ideal England team for the World Cup on napkins in cocktail bars all around the country.
Hence, The Spoiler thought it wise to get in there first, before disappearing under the inevitable tidal wave of football compilations.
The above team is very much an “ideal world” scenario, with particularly large question marks looming above the heads of Owen Hargreaves and Aaron Lennon.
In the case of the former, inclusion depends on him reaching peak form and fitness in time. Whilst the latter has more to do with whether Theo Walcott or Shaun Wright-Phillips suddenly come good in the next few months. At the moment, the spot is Aaron’s to lose.
With two holding players sitting in front of the defence, the full backs would be free to gallop up the wings, and Gerrard could float around in the middle, occasionally playing as a second striker. Of course, it would mean dropping poor old Lampsie to the bench, and it would leave Rooney partnerless up front.
BUT, it would also win England the World Cup. Seriously.
If you agree with The Spoiler, feel free to leave a kind and wonderful comment.
If you don’t agree, feel free to pile in with all guns blazing… and some suggestions of your own, naturally.