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People keep saying the 'over-payed prima donnas' dont care about their country and dont put it all in and so on.

Why do most cry when we get knocked out of tournaments? Publicity stunt eh?

I think they do care, everyone of them, its just finding the right balance between talent and hard workers. Picking the best team on paper is not the way to succeed. Look at United, hate them or not, Carrick playing in the champions league final shows its about the right balance, there is no way he is better than others that didnt make it.

My team would be;

------------------ Kirkland -----------------

-Richards---Ferdinand---Terry-----Cole--

----Lampard----Hargreeves----Barry-----

Rooney-------------------------------Young

--------------------Owen--------------------

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Dont you think Rooney would be wasted on a wing? I think to get the best out of rooney you need to let him have a free role like he does at Man Utd. Mind you, if you was to give Owen, Young and Rooney all free-roles, swapping positions like Fergy does at United with ronaldo, rooney and tevez we could be well onto something there.

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It has taken one competitive international for Fabio Capello to wear the haunted look of England managers past, with the Italian's sleep patterns regularly interrupted by warning calls from Revie, Taylor and McClaren.

Captain John Terry insists Capello is more Jacob Marley than Scrooge in being generous rather than miserly in his encouragement and praise but it will take more than goodwill to steal a result against Croatia in Zagreb.

The ghosts of Euro 2008 are a spectre barely exorcised by Saturday's lacklustre 2-0 win over Andorra in Barcelona; a result which elicited boos at half-time and half-hearted applause on 90 minutes.

If the feel-good factor for the national side is lower than a snake's belly in England, Croatia's enthusiasm for Slaven Bilic's stylish side is at its zenith. The man West Ham desired to grace Upton Park as a manager as he once did as a player has pledged to see out the remaining two years of his Croatia contract and a whole nation is now geared for a World Cup qualifying campaign.

Modric threat

Croatia showed at Euro 2008 they are capable of playing scintillating football if given space to get the likes of Luka Modric flowing; it will be Gareth Barry's role to quell the impact made by the diminutive Tottenham schemer.

Capello claimed this week he is glad England are playing away from Wembley on Wednesday as he concedes the home crowd's negativity is playing heavy on the minds of his charges. Clearly he's not concerned about the white hot reception that awaits his side in Zagreb and that Croatia's home record is envied across Europe, given they have not lost a competitive game in the capital since gaining independence in 1992.

It is England's players that have been given short shrift rather than the coach but Capello faces the first real test of his tactical credentials in choosing a side capable of eking out a result against a backdrop of waning public support.

It seems likely Glen Johnson's buccaneering spirit at right-back could be shackled by Wes Brown's promotion due to his greater defensive nous, while Rio Ferdinand's return from a neck injury will see Joleon Lescott reduced to a role on the bench.

In midfield Capello's greatest conundrum will be whether to have his right flank patrolled by the rapier but erratic Theo Walcott or the more ponderous but vastly experienced David Beckham. Walcott's final delivery remains very much a work in progress but England are likely to play on the counter-attack so his pace - in a side not blessed with an abundance of speed - could see him given the nod.

Cole decision

Jole Cole, despite his coach's reservations, must have done enough with a two-goal salvo to usurp Stewart Downing down the left, after the Middlesbrough man's dire display at the weekend.

It is expected Emile Heskey, who is back in vogue again after being out of fashion longer than a pair of flares, will come in for Jermain Defoe as he did at half-time against Andorra, although Wayne Rooney's growing band of critics argue the once irreplaceable is no longer befitting of such a moniker.

Capello's other option is to go with a narrow midfield that encompasses Frank Lampard, Beckham and Barry - with two of Rooney, Walcott and Cole playing off Heskey.

While England toiled at the weekend, Croatia strolled to a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan and it is not anticipated the notoriously laid-back Bilic will be wracked with doubt over who should figure in his starting XI.

Croats confident

The performance of Vedran Corluka at right-back will no doubt interest Tottenham fans, as will that of Modric, the player identified as the one England need to stop by Capello.

The hard running Ivica Olic continues to lead Croatia's front-line, with Ivan Klasnic likely to provide support from a more deep-lying position.

Terry and co have spent the last few days chest beating and reassuring the public that cash-rich footballers still love playing for their country amid scepticism, but it is only on the pitch, rather than press room, that a realistic case for defence can be presented.

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Heskey has done well 9 times out of 10 for england so yes he should. I would of played Johnson instead of brown also.

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england to get well and truly stuffed

Sorry stephen, say it again?

What a performance, best game ive seen England play since Euro 96, fully enjoyed tonights game.

Barry did very well imo. Come ONNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

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Can Theo do it again?????is time up for beckham???What the f**k was Heskey doing there??

All in all it shows that england can perform when they want to,just got to keep it up.

Well done lads.

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People keep saying the 'over-payed prima donnas' dont care about their country and dont put it all in and so on.

Why do most cry when we get knocked out of tournaments? Publicity stunt eh?

I think they do care, everyone of them, its just finding the right balance between talent and hard workers. Picking the best team on paper is not the way to succeed. Look at United, hate them or not, Carrick playing in the champions league final shows its about the right balance, there is no way he is better than others that didnt make it.

My team would be;

------------------ Kirkland -----------------

-Richards---Ferdinand---Terry-----Cole--

----Lampard----Hargreeves----Barry-----

Rooney-------------------------------Young

--------------------Owen--------------------

No Gerrard? Gerrard is a far superior player to fat frank in my opinion



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