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Clough Announces First Squad

Choosing an international squad for a fixture in August is always a tricky affair as so few players have played any competitive football at that stage.

England meet Holland at Wembley and the whole country is dying to see how things turn out for new manager, Brian Clough.

The only injury problem is Steven Gerrard who has not figured in Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures and so a midfield place is up for grabs.

Clough’s major decisions depended on whether he selected some of the legends, even though they haven’t been seen in league football yet.

He has included exciting youngsters such as Billy Wright (Wolves) and Bobby Moore (West Ham) who will provide strong competition for John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.

In midfield, he has also gone for 18 year old, Bobby Charlton (Man Utd) and 19 year old, Stan Matthews (Stoke). Scott Parker (Tottenham) has come in for Gerrard.

Up front, Clough is confident he now has players who can put the ball in the back of the net as he goes for Gary Lineker (Leicester) and Jimmy Greaves (Chelsea).

It will be interesting to see how Clough sets his team up. Traditionally, he has favoured wide players such as John Robertson, Martin O’Neill and Gary Crosby. He seems to have an abundance of riches with Matthews, Ashley Young, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott and Stewart Downing. Only Matthews Lennon and Young have made this squad.

All told, Clough has chosen a squad which includes 8 players yet to win their first cap for their country. Either this will be a gamble that ultimately could cost Clough his job, or it could be the start of a famous era in English football

Full Squad

Robert Green (West Ham), 11 caps
Joe Hart (Man City), 11 caps
David Stockdale (Ipswich), 0 caps

Billy Wright (Wolves), 0 caps
Bobby Moore (West Ham), 0 caps
Micah Richards (Man City), 12 caps
Glen Johnson (Liverpool), 34 caps
Ashley Cole(Chelsea), 89 caps
John Terry (Chelsea), 68 caps
Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), 81 caps
Leighton Baines (Everton), 5 caps

Gareth Barry (Man City), 46 caps
Scott Parker (Tottenham), 6 caps
Phil Jones (Man Utd), 0 caps
James Milner (Man City), 19 caps
Bobby Charlton (Man Utd), 0 caps
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), 19 caps
Stanley Matthews (Stoke), 0 caps
Frank Lampard (Chelsea), 86 caps
Ashley Young (Man Utd), 15 caps

Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), 70 caps
Gary Lineker (Leicester), 0 caps
Jimmy Greaves (Chelsea), 0 caps


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