The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is still a few months away, yet people are already starting to post their own squad selections in anticipation of Roy Hodgson’s announcement. Whilst England look blessed with midfielders(despite Tom Cleverley’s continued inclusion) and wide players, there is a position that I believe will be a key area of concern for the boss.
England’s current central defensive partnership looks to be Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, with the useless Chris Smalling and injury prone Phil Jones as backups. Cahill is a player who has improved dramatically in recent years and is enjoying a prolonged spell in the heart of the Chelsea defence. Another big plus for Cahill is his mobility, the guy can cover the ground rapidly and chips in with a fair few goals. For me, he needs a rock solid, aerially strong centre back beside him and none of Jagielka, Smalling and Jones fit the bill. I just see the likes of Italy and Uruguay licking their lips at the prospects of facing him and that’s just in the group stage!!! Perhaps controversially, the best man for the job is former England captain John Terry.
The man is enjoying something of a renaissance under Jose Mourinho and is a massive part of the reason that Chelsea sit comfortably at the summit of the league table. Wouldn’t it make sense to build a team around a central defensive partnership that is clearly working at the highest possible club level? England also lack natural leaders in the squad, another box that John Terry ticks in a big way.
There will be many that argue Terry shouldn’t be anywhere near the squad following his alleged racial spat with the Ferdinands, but time has passed and the game has moved on. The only real concern that Hodgson may have is that he’s decided to allow the WAGs to join the squad whilst in Brazil, but surely JT will be on his best behaviour with his missus around!!!
The fact remains, despite the tabloid headlines, Terry is still England’s best centre back and for that reason allow, Roy Hodgson should be drawing on all his powers of persuasion to bring him back into the fold. I know if I was Luis Suarez or Mario Balotelli, John Terry would be the last English centre back I’d want to face.