This column is a warm-up for a piece publishing tomorrow morning….
TSG member Dylan posed the question in our comment section yesterday: What is TSG’s All-Not-Going Team….as in not going to South Africa in June.
We’re going to pick this team as we would any other….for the best shot to win as a team, not a collection of individuals.
Thus a few folks are going to be left off due to position depth or team reasons (like Craig Bellamy). We’re also not limiting to ourselves to only players from nations not attending, we’re open to players not going with their qualified national team.
This is my personal best foot forward for players I like, so open to quite a bit of debate.
Here we go:
11 at the Whistle
G: Shay Given (Manchester City, Ireland)
LB: Juan Vargas (Fiorentina, Peru)
CB: Brede Hangeland (Fulham, Norway)
CB: Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal, Belgium)
RB: Dmytro Chygrynskiy (Barcelona, Ukraine)
CDM:Mahamadou Diarra (Real Madrid, Mali)
LM/FW: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan, Brazil)
CM: Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur, Tablecloths)
RM: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United, Ecuador)
STR: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona, Sweden)
STR: Hugo Rodallega (Wigan, Colombia)
G: Brad Friedel, Edwin Van Der Saar
DEF: Yuri Zhirkov, Vincent Kompany, Darijo Srna
MID: Ryan Giggs, Ronaldhino, Clarence Seedorf, Andrei Arshavin, Euzebiusz Smolarek
STR: Emmanuel Adebayor, Edin Dzeko
Thankfully, Maradona came to his senses at the end of last year and started calling in one of TSG’s favorite attackers (and perhaps the best striker not named Rooney right now?) Gonzalo Higuain.