Some quick Monday bullets for you. We’ve got some more killer content coming up as the week gets going by the way.
• Gareth Barry has been told he’s a “no-go” for the June 12th clash with the Yanks. Will Capello go offensive with either Lampard or Milner in the hole? Or will he play it safe with the knowledgeable, but limited Michael Carrick?
Currently, I see England starting with 4-4-2 with Peter Crouch and Rooney up top, which relegates Joe Cole to the bench. If Rooney goes it alone up top for the Queen, then Cole maintains his position wide left with a 5-man midfield of Lennon, Gerrard, Lampard, Cole with Carrick holding.
• A fantastic and high-praising article authored by none-other-than Everton skipper Davie Moyes on Landon Donovan and his World Cup teammates today in the Times of London. Moyes mentions Donovan’s name in concert with Rooney and Messi. Wow.
• Word from the English press is that Jamie Carragher has handled the bulk of practice snaps in central defense with John Terry, but most expect Ledley King to start. Matthew Upson’s been troubled with a fever and virus.
• Noted pressman-across-the-pond Oliver Kay tweeted the following about England’s lackluster tune-up today against the Platinum Stars, South Africa’s strongest domestic team:
FT Platinum Stars 0 England 3. Spain, Brazil, USA etc won’t be quaking in their boots
• Reuters columnist Simon Evans on Jay DeMerit.