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Steve McClaren You Berk!

Steve McClaren You Berk!

Not only has the England manager decided to go one up front - and that one is Peter Crouch - he has also opted for Phil Neville over Gareth Barry in the left-back role.

McClaren will claim the five man midfield is an attacking formation but we all know it rarely works out that way and I've also got to ask, how does Shaun Wright-Phillips get a starting place when he can't start for his club side?

England: Ben Foster (Watford); Gary Neville (Man Utd), Phil Neville (Everton), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough); Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, captain), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Kieran Dyer (Newcastle); Peter Crouch (Liverpool).

Just brilliant - a special thank you to the FA for selecting yet another fantastic England manager for us.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday February 6 2007
Time: 4:15PM


Not overlly negative. Sure, no Barry, but what about Fossie in goal? That's not a bad move. And at least the captain is better than the usual knuckle-dragger.
06/02/2007 16:18:00
McClaren is rubbish and i wish he would improve fast. It's reasonably obvious that the best candidate for the England job is now managing villa!
06/02/2007 16:21:00
England's best goalkeepers are, ironically, both playing for relegation threatened sides. Carson and Foster are the 2 best at the mo', although it wasn't so long ago that your goalies came from the Championship, wasn't it Walker & James or something ? When they were down there. Anyhoo, back to Barry, seemingly McClaren has said he would prefer to see Barry in his primary role as a left sided midfielder. So we'll definitely see him at some stage. I'd rather he start at left back then move up to left mid when someone else is replaced.
06/02/2007 16:21:00
isnt phil neville playing a central midfield holding role at everton...if thats the case then mcclaren is a bigger plonker than first thought.
06/02/2007 16:26:00
Don't understand it. I know people say Barry lacks pace, but to prefer a right footed chuckle brother at left back instead of a natural left footed player begs a question. What was the point of calling Barry up? I'm going to the game tomorrow night, but now feel very disappointed. One forward at home is nonsense.
06/02/2007 16:27:00
The man's a tool!! Foster's a good shout as he's untried and it's the perfect oppourtunity for him (plus McClaren's old mate Fergie has told him to start him) but surely it makes a lot more sense to start Barry who's been excellent at left back AND left mid this season at left back and move him forward if he wants. Phil Neville is no long term solution to any problem and won't be going to any future tournaments, whereas BArry may. Anyone remember the last time the Neville Bros played together? Romania, we lost, Phil gave away a penalty. Joy. What a twit.
06/02/2007 16:28:00
It's no surprise that he has chosen the brothers grim. Richards should be at right back and he should have started with Barry at left back. We already know about steptoe. He somehow has fifty plus caps.
06/02/2007 16:28:00
Stevie Mac is a joke how he can justify half of what he does I'll never know. David Bentley is doing exactly what is asked of him yet he still gets overlooked because he is playing for Blackburn whereas Wright-Phillips can rarely even get into the Chelsea side yet he plays instead. Phil Neville over Gareth Barry?!?! This clearly makes sense doesn't it!!! It's a friendly for christ sakes Stevie Mac, you use these to bring in new players and give them ago, if he doesn't know what his "core players" or should I say "favourites" can't do by now he never will! Stevie Mac you are a laughing stock our opponents don't fear you they laugh at you! The man you have at Villa is the man that SHOULD be leading England as we speak.
Hughes Da Man
06/02/2007 16:32:00
See my previous post in the Barry column a few hours past. McClaren = *******.
06/02/2007 16:35:00
What else do you honestly expect of McClaren? He wasn't even third choice for the job... They wanted Scolari, but the fecked that up, then they were considering Harry, but they got wind of the Bung allegations ahead of the story going "live", and they were rumoured to be more interested in someone else ahead of McClaren (Maybe our MON, maybe Allardyce - but ditto bung allegations). McClaren is nothing more than a bad manager's number two. Our FA is incompetent to hire him in the first place.
The Usual Suspect
06/02/2007 16:43:00
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