Do you think he?ll play on Wednesday? I think he will after Friday?s performance. Does he have the potential to be an England regular? My vote?s a yes. He?s settled into the England side now, and was as good as any of the England defenders on Friday night. He?s 2 years younger than Terry, King and Woodgate, and has four years on Rio Ferdinand.
He only lacks tactical awareness, and that will come with experience in the Prem, Europe and with England. England?s defence were far too deep in the second half, similar to Everton in Europe. Otherwise he has everything in his locker including goals.
I don?t believe in any of the ?we don?t want him to play for England, he?ll get injured or ?it?ll knock his confidence if England don?t qualify? rubbish. This is invaluable experience for Lescott, and the improvement he?ll make for it will greatly benefit Everton. Fingers crossed that Baines and Vaughan can propel themselves into the squad within the next two years. It?s one thing having American, Nigerian, South African, Scottish, Irish, Australian etc internationals in the side, but for me England internationals are the best sort.
Phil Tweed, Posted 19/11/2007 at 14:16:33
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1 Posted 19/11/2007 at 14:56:42
2 Posted 19/11/2007 at 14:53:26
He should get his chance to play for England and I too fully support him in that - if he gets injured, its a blow, but part and parcel of the game. James Vaughan and Leighton Baines are right up there too as you rightly say; Owen and Ashley Cole ain’t getting any younger and these two could be long term replacements for both. Other options - Bridge at LB? Darren Bent/AJ/Defoe/Crouch up front? Our two young’uns could well be in with a shout over the next couple of years.
Having loads of Internationals in the side is a risk, but also a huge asset to the club, as the name is associated with successful players, international players, around the world. Exciting times to be an Evertonian, at least on the pitch. The question of which pitch is too contentious right now!
3 Posted 19/11/2007 at 15:15:39
Lescott, Neville Andy Johnson are examples of this and I am sure Leighton Baines will follow. I would love Big Vic to stay English and not go to the ANC too.
4 Posted 19/11/2007 at 15:29:56
Not that I’m one to hold a grudge or anything.
5 Posted 19/11/2007 at 15:48:27
6 Posted 19/11/2007 at 16:07:00
7 Posted 19/11/2007 at 16:05:40
8 Posted 19/11/2007 at 16:05:12
As far as Lescott becoming a regular, Terry and Ferdinand are the closing thing to a positive McLaren has had in the past 12 months, be hard to break the partnership. As far as Cole and Owen not getting any younger, they are 25 and 27 respectively.
9 Posted 19/11/2007 at 16:45:19
In the short term yes I agree, but Ferdinand is 29 years old whereas Lescott is 25 and improving. This is Lescotts first year at CB for Everton and he’s tasting his first experience of Europe and the international scene - he’s very very goos for a player of such limited experience!
10 Posted 19/11/2007 at 16:54:21
Remember Da Silva Abel Xavier?
He left us cause he wanted to play in a high profile team like Red Shitte.
Why? He needs the publicity to keep his place in the Portugese squad.
In fact, am worried about Arteta too. If he doesn’t get a Spanish cap soon, he might have to ditch us.
Like Da Silva Abel Xavier
So yes, am glad Joleon Lescott is playing for England.
Also, Andy Jonhson too.
11 Posted 19/11/2007 at 16:55:32
McMoron is likely to start with an semi fit JT over JL. I think he will be on the bench though as cover for centre mid and left back.
Just as long as England qualify and all our internationals return unharmed - not arsed really !!
12 Posted 19/11/2007 at 20:09:02