Who Will Be England’s Centre Back In South Africa?


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 With the Fifa world cup fastly approaching, there’s one question on everybody’s mind-who will make the squad? So in this feature we look at all Fabio Capello’s possibilities and we start at looking at one of the most important positions- defence but more importantly CB.

John Terry, 28

Our first central defender, who is an all most certainty for South Africa, is John Terry. Captain for three years, Terry has been not only Fabio Capello’s first choice centre back but also Sven-Göran Eriksson and Steven McLaren. With two short of sixty caps for England, Terry is amongst the most capped defenders. Terry could miss out on a ticket to South Africa if not fully fit with his recent but rare injury concerns. I believe that Terry will make the plane to South Africa as he is in excellent form and due to his captaincy.

England Stats

First Cap: June 2003

Total Caps: 58

Goals: 6

World Cup Experience: 2006

Rio Ferdinand, 31

Our second possible central defender is thirty one year old Rio Ferdinand. Ferdinand, who has recently been criticised for his frequent injury problems, hasn’t been included in Capello’s for several match days. Having featured for the three lions seventy six times, Ferdinand has been a first choice central defender since the start of this decade. Although with his long term back injury and recent calf injury, Ferdinand could miss out on a ticket to South Africa if not fully fit when April comes around.

England Stats

First Cap: November 1997

Total Caps: 67

Goals: 3

World Cup Experience: 1998, 2002, 2006


Joleon Lescott, 27

Our third central defender is non-regular Joleon Lescott. Lescott, who has only appeared seven times for the three lions, is an unlikely contender for South Africa as he is an outsider when it comes to England. By joining Man City, Lescott is trying to break into the England first team and if his record continues Capello can’t ignore him.

England Stats

First Cap: October 2007

Total Caps: 7

Goals: 0

World Cup Experience: N/A

Wes Brown, 30

Our final Centre back is already likely to be on the plane as back up for Glen Johnson- Yes its Wes Brown. As he is adaptable, Brown has been known for both club and country to play in all aspects of defence. If choose brown is likely to be back up for both Glen Johnson & John Terry as he is not getting enough first team club time to claim his place in the starting eleven.

England Stats

First Cap: 1991

Total Caps: 21

Goals: 1

World Cup Experience: N/A 

There is also many other youngsters that could break into the first team before Capello has to choose his squad of twenty three in April of next year.

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