By Johnny Vintis
As England progress to the Quarter Finals of the World Cup, we were talking about whether it was a good decision NOT to take Shelvey and Lascelles.
Was Gareth right?
Its hard to criticise Gareth Southgate and his team for their feats so far – but could Shelvey and Lascelles have made an impact?
For me, he is the most important person in the Newcastle squad. He’s our captain, our leader. However, with the system that England have, does he fit? Stones and Walker rely on pace and ball playing, so you could argue that Maguire is the one he would replace.
Would you drop Maguire for Lascelles – I’m not sure I would. However, I would definitely have Lascelles there instead of Cahill or Jones. I see Lascelles as a future England captain if he continues his impressive progression.
100% Jonjo should be in this squad. When you look at the system and how England play, spraying the ball out to the overlapping wing backs in the space behind, would be perfect. There is no Englishman better at doing that, than Jonjo.
Henderson seems to be the preferred choice in the center of the park, but (and this is probably biased) I do not rate him at all. He doesn’t offer creativity and he doesn’t score goals – I just don’t get it. And don’t get me started on Dier.
I still think both should have been called up to this World Cup squad, even if we go on to win it, they deserved the opportunity and definitely offer something different.
What do you think?