So I’m back again on the website talking about Chelsea (My favourite...
Rooney Keeps The Armband
Despite much controversy and talk that Wayne Rooney could be dropped from the England team or that John Terry could make his return, Rooney has been named as Sam Allardyce’s captain ahead of Sunday’s match against Slovakia and has afterwards announced his international retirement after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, if England make it there of course.
Although the limelight at club level is on Swedish colleague Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rooney has made a stable start to the Premier League season assisting in the goal on Saturday to win against Hull City. The scorer of the goal, Marcus Rashford, missed out on the England selection having been selected in Gareth Southgate’s under-21 side following a recent run of warming up the bench. Rooney’s team-mates Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling made the 23-man squad with Shaw having a solid start to the season starting all competitive matches coming back from his horrible leg-break injury whereas Smalling has struggled to make the team and has come on in the 88th and 94th minute of the last two matches for the Red Devils.
Tottenham have the most players in the squad with five of their players being picked. Nothing much has changed for them since Euro 2016. Rose, Walker, Alli, Dier and Kane all involved despite sluggish starts with Tottenham failing to really dominate matches and Kane still struggling for a Premier League goal in August.
Four Liverpool players made the cut with Clyne, Henderson, Lallana and Sturridge. All being regulars in Liverpool’s odd but surprising start to the season, the only one struggling to get game time is that of Daniel Sturridge looking more likely to leave like as if Klopp refuses to use him.
There’s no change in goal with Forster (Southampton), Hart (Manchester City) and Heaton (Burnley) keeping their places with Forster and Heaton having reasonably good starts with their respective clubs. On the other hand Joe Hart’s future is still in doubt, not having started a Premier League game this season and being told he can leave City, he is although most likely to start in the Slovakia game.
Theo Walcott is welcomed back into the squad with recent performances proving to be enough for Sam to recall the only Arsenal player in the squad along with a recall for Phil Jagielka, the only Everton player in the squad, Alardyce has favoured the 8 man defence unlike predecessor Roy Hodgson. Ross Barkley of Everton has missed out despite a good start the season showing signs of potential from previous seasons. Jack Wilshere of Arsenal is another creative player to have missed out failing to prove he’s fully fit.
Danny Drinkwater would have been disappointed to have missed Euro 2016 but comes into Sam’s first squad proving he could be a key asset to England’s midfield with such a high work-rate along with team-mate Jamie Vardy, who has found it more difficult this season but got off the mark on Saturday against Swansea.
Michail Antonio has never been capped for England and has been the biggest shock in the squad selection, but not undeserved. Having scored two goals for West Ham this season being a strong, quick and agile player, it is no surprise Sam would want him in his squad. He has played in midfield, in defence and even more of a wingers role although has been guilty to a couple of costly mistakes this season already, like the penalty conceded against Chelsea.
There were talks that John Terry could make a return to the England squad and take the captaincy but those rumours were quickly put to bed. Mark Noble and Jermain Defoe were thought to have been picked, having worked with Allardyce and done well recently but weren’t chosen this time.
Follow Let’s Talk Sport on: