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How England compare in the Actim stats

How England compare in the Actim stats
So, having looked at how successful our youth team had been, I thought I would look at how well English players were doing in the league.

77 English players played in the premiership last weekend - enough to fill 7 teams - and many more played in the championship. In that respect, England definitely have sufficient talent form which to choose from, so foreign imports cannot really be used as an excuse. If you want to find more English players, look t the championship - but they are playing in the championship because they are not as good as the ones in the premiership, whether or not they are English or not.

Goalkeeper:

England has the number one goalkeeper in the Actim stats this season, in Portsmouth's David James. 7 clean sheets have taken him to 24th overall - 1 place higher than his closest goalkeeping rival Jose Reina. Not only this, but he is the only English keeper in the top 5.

Defence:

England have 3 of the top 5 defenders, Rio Ferdinand top of the lot, 4th overall, with Glen Johnson coming in 3rd (12th) and Lescott 5th (16th).

Midfield:

England has the second best midfielder, 3rd overall, in Frank Lampard, but below that, we are decidedly lacking. An area deemed to be one of our strongest positions has a seemingly devoid area. Beyond the top 5. Portsmouth's John Utaka is still nestling in 5th place.

Attack:

2 out of the 5 players in the top 5 forwards are English, Agbonlahor, and Ashley young in 4th and 5th place. Benjani remains second overall in the index, and top of the strikers.

So, what went wrong? With so many English players playing so well in the premier league - much better represented than any other country, (Croatia only had 3 players in the premier league (1 more likely to join) - none in the top 5 of every category - you would expect England to qualify with ease.

Unfortunately, of these players, only Frank Lampard started for England against Croatia - and he has consistently under performed for England over the last year. David James was given a place on the bench; Rio Ferdinand was out with a suspension - but Glen Johnson, England's second best defender this season, did not even make the squad. Nor did Young or Agbonlahor, England's best two forward players - in a time when McClaren was complaining about a lack of talent upfront.

The idea that the best players from the premier league could not get into the England squad, and then have people complain about the lack of English talent is at most, a pathetic excuse - but more worryingly, the people who have complained, are now appointing the next England manager.

Written by pompeycarpet.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday November 25 2007
Time: 2:03PM

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really good article carpet, puts McClown's pathetic reign into perspective
whitestones
25/11/2007 15:08:00
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yep another quality article... but then again each time someone puts forward their thoughts they always are :-) i wonder if spineless looks back and think 'i wish i had picked players on form now, rather than reputation?'
pompeyrug
25/11/2007 15:32:00
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Too often, people suppose that the biggest names will make the best team...Wrong...All the Great teams throughout footballs history, have had a mix of Match winners and foot soldiers. Liverpool of the 70's and 80's. Arsenal double team, Leeds of the 70's. Busby babes, Arsenal of the 30's. it's all about finding that blend and sometimes sacrificing those big name/egos that upset the balance. McClaren too often pampered his big names and paid the price. That is something i would expect Harry to address if God forbid, he became the next Manager. Capello too is not afraid to axe an ego for the greater good.
pentonpompey
25/11/2007 18:05:00
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you know, im available for the england job...brian barwick, if you want a young manager, with some football qulifications (referee) and a less than impressive playing career (that the thing nowadays isnt it?) then im sure you could get my email of pompeyrug...and hey, i would expect massive wages...in fact, we could do it game by game, if we win, i get payed, if not...well, you decide...
pompeycarpet
25/11/2007 18:08:00
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...and whilst im at it...'arry, if you want some young players that know who the strkiers are at spurs (that what you wanted isnt it?), know how to play football, and have a real hunger to PLAY football, then i know quite a few that would be more than willing to play for pompey - and im pretty sure they would be good enough too!
pompeycarpet
25/11/2007 18:10:00
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Carpet you could do the England job - in fact anyone could do yjr job better that Spinless Steve!!
eastneydave
25/11/2007 23:35:00
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Very interesting reading. It shows there is hope for England, just needs a manager with a brain. (Not Arry - please not Arry!)
tracyc
26/11/2007 09:26:00
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also, look at how many of those players were YOUNG (no pun intended) players. glen johnson, ashley young and abonlahor - all quick, and all talented. where was steven gerrard on that list? where was john terry, joe cole, jerman defoe? all unable to play that much for there club, but get picked for the national squad! a disgrace!!!
pompeycarpet
26/11/2007 20:35:00
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McDonut was never gonna pick Gabby as that would have meant 4 Villa players in an England squad which is unthinkable for an unfashionable team like us.
DeanoVilla
27/11/2007 13:38:00
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