This is the team, and it will offend, but tough choices have to be made:
DL Cole (hopefully)
ML Joey Cole
The bombshells and justifications:
I am a massive fan of Gerrard, and I thought it an insult to him and the Liverpool side that the ponces that be didn't consider him worthy of an MBE for Liverpool's CL run last year, but...
Clearly him and Frankie don't go, and one must be sacrificed for the team as a whole. Frank's always been good for England whereas arguably Stevie's misrepresented himself somewhat. I was astounded to see that Carrick's made every England squad since his debut four years ago, but only has four caps (or something similar - don't quote me). Nonetheless he looked quite good the other night - it seems absurd that he only gets his chance in the final practice game before the World Cup, but that's Sven for you. His passing was quality, and he held his position well and proved himself a far, far, far better and more natural option than Ledley King. With a strong defence taken from Terry/Sol/Rio/Carra we don't need an overly defensive midfielder because they're strong enough in their own right. In an ideal world, Stevie would be in alongside Lampard, but how many times have we tried this and how many times have their duel talents failed to materialise? England would not be the first team to sacrifice a 'star' player for the sake of a tactical system.
In defence I'll go with Terry and Rio. Rio's a bit of a calamity at times but I'll stick with him because he compliments Terry better with his pace. Carragher's a great option too, but a tad slower. Sol would be my main man, but unless he sorts his bum troubles out it's not going to happen.
To be honest, defensively I don't think we can go wrong so I'm not that fussed. But Sven has to make a choice between Gerrard and Lampard.
Grudgingly accepting that Crouch will embarrass us in front of the world, so he'd better fucking keep scoring. I will also personally shoot the next commentator that utters the phrase
He's got a good touch for a big man
. I'm hoping it's Graeme Le Saux because it would be nice to have a motive.
Liverpools fans are going to slate me.