Date:Tuesday September 6 2011
England will be looking to take a huge, if not confirming step, towards Euro 2012 qualification against Wales on Tuesday - victory and we are all but off to Ukraine and Poland.
I was expecting 3pts against Switzerland last time we were at Wembley, and coming back from 2-0 down we salvaged a point but surely we should beat the Welsh at home, right?
Leighton Baines - hamstring, Darren Bent - groin - and Micah Richards - hamstring were all ruled out of the game through injury earlier in the week and have returned to their clubs for treatment. No replacements were called up with Fabio Capello content with his lot.
With some, notably Scott Parker and 'maybe' Gareth Barry, a booking away from suspension it is being 'said' that Frank Lampard could come back into the side for one of these to ensure they are available to face Montenegro next month?
Another that is being 'touted' for a starting place is James Milner, in place of Theo Walcott to better combat the threat from Gareth Bale.
A couple of goals for the United man on Friday, and an all-round performance to match is what you want from Rooney - more of the same and Wales will be overcome I would say.
James Collins - suspension - and English born but Welsh eligible, and now set to confirm his allegiance to Wales, Jack Collison - illness - are available.
Craig Bellamy and David Vaughan - both suspension - miss out though.
Sam Ricketts - Achilles - and Neal Eardley - broken fingers - were both missing from the squad anyway.
The Spurs man was forced to miss the game in Wales through injury at a time when many were touting him as 'the best footballer in Europe'...
Bale has already been identified by Fabio Capello as 'the danger man' for obvious reasons.
England last played Wales in March, and we won that 2-0 but it should have been a lot more after a dominant 1st half showing at The Millennium Stadium.
England have won 65 of the 98 meetings with Wales recording 12 wins. The other 21 have been drawn.
England, at 4th, are currently much higher than Wales, in 117th, in the FIFA world rankings.
Robert Schorgenhofer (Austria).
Wales did us a favour the other night and beat Montenegro, they will want another scalp but England will not slip up, will they...
Date:Tuesday September 6 2011
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We'll Look Like Them, Can We Play Like Them! (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Underperforming 'Golden Generation' (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Rodwell Gets England Call (Tuesday May 21 2013)
England Wait On Cleverley (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Delfouneso Replaces McManaman (Monday May 20 2013)
Carroll Worthy Of Return (Monday May 20 2013)
McManaman Ruled Out (Saturday May 18 2013)
Captain Cole? (Saturday May 18 2013)
|McCarthy Not Expected To Be Capped?
» England : 23/05/2013 10:21:00
|Injury Strikes Carroll Again!
» England : 23/05/2013 09:46:00
|We'll Look Like Them, Can We Play Like Them!
» England : 21/05/2013 16:52:00
|Underperforming 'Golden Generation'
» England : 21/05/2013 16:41:00
|Rodwell Gets England Call
» England : 21/05/2013 16:26:00
|England Wait On Cleverley
» England : 21/05/2013 16:17:00
|Delfouneso Replaces McManaman
» England : 20/05/2013 11:49:00