5 Players Who Should Replace Frank Lampard in England’s Starting XI
5 Players who should replace Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard's horrible display against Chile last week proves that he is no longer worthy of playing for England. With England skipper Steven Gerrard out with injury, Lampard was given the captain's armband and didn’t seize his chance to nail down a starting spot ahead of next year’s World Cup.
England were humiliated at Wembley by a spirited Chilean side who exploited England's main weakness at central midfield. Chile dominated the game because they were given acres of space and were able to create numerous meaningful chances.
Due to Michael Carrick's unfortunate injury, England boss Roy Hodgson lined up Lampard alongside Arsenal hotshot Jack Wilshere and Manchester City flop James Milner. Milner has failed to nail down a starting berth at City, which makes his call-up for England all the more puzzling. He is poor excuse of a defensive midfielder and struggled when Lampard and Wilshere also forgot to track back.
Lampard has now been paired with Carrick, Wilshere, Milner, Scott Parker and Gerrard, and has played poorly. The problem to me seems to be Lampard, who was one of the Premier League´s top performers in his prime, but has been far from his former self for a while now. He has missed a step and has a hard time tracking back, and is often outrun like the way he was against Chile. His famous partnership with Steven Gerrard has never worked, and one old timer must be dropped if England are serious about contending at the World Cup. It is time to remove Lampard from the equation because he has never worked out for England, and a number of top players should take his place.
5. Jordan Henderson
Liverpool man Jordan Henderson has had a wonderful season and if he continues to improve, he could see himself boarding the charter to Rio next year and possibly taking Lampard's spot in the starting lineup. It would be interesting to see him playing alongside Carrick and Wilshere.
4. Ravel Morrison
Yes, it's probably too soon -- but hey, England took a chance and drafted Wayne Rooney to the 2004 European Championships when he was very young, and he was England's best player. Ravel has what it takes and will soon blossom into one of the world’s best if he can keep himself on the field and away from trouble.
3. Tom Cleverley
Tom Cleverley makes sense because he plays regularly with Carrick and could add much-needed balance to a mediocre England midfield.
2. Ross Barkley
The Everton midfielder is the hottest prospect to come out of England for a while and has started the season playing well in the void left by Fellaini joining Manchester United. He deserves at least the chance to prove that he can be the go-to player for England.
1. Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere was England´s spark plug and looked close to top form. Unfortunately for him, there was no one to cover his exciting runs into the box because Lampard was doing the exact same thing with little effect. Wilshere is a player who makes England better and with any luck, e will continue to improve before the World Cup in Brazil next year.
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