World Cup 2014: England should have brought Chelsea defender John Terry back, says Gary Lineker
The former England captain was worthy of a call-up says the BBC presenter
Thursday 05 June 2014
John Terry would have shored up England's 'lightweight' defence, argues Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker has identified the centre of defence as the weak point of the squad Roy Hodgson will take to Brazil and believes John Terry would have been the ideal man to shore up England's backline.
The former England striker, who has never shied away from criticising Hodgson's side, said England look "lightweight" in central defence. He also has a "concern" over the dearth of holding midfielders capable of shielding the defence.
Lineker, in the latest of his video-blogs for Blahzil.com, accepts that selecting Terry was always a distant option but is unimpressed by the pairing of Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, and even less so by the alternative of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
"The one place where we look a bit lightweight and certainly haven't got much depth is in the centre of defence," said Lineker. "Gary Cahill has really trained on. I don't think there is any doubt that the best partner for Cahill would have been John Terry but there is too much water under the bridge there.
"[Hodgson] will probably play Jagielka. He has played very little football this year so that in itself is a concern." Last week against Peru was the first England game together since October for Cahill and Jagielka, who was also injured for 11 Everton games at the end of the domestic season.
Jones and Smalling have already had their readiness to play in a World Cup questioned by Roy Keane, and Lineker agreed: "Both have struggled this season at Manchester United. Neither play there [regularly] so there is not really any consistency in that position. It's one area of the team that is a concern."
Lineker also worries over England's holding-midfield options beyond Steven Gerrard. He said: "One thing that will be important for that central defence will be to have good protection in front of it and it is slightly concerning that England don't really have natural holding players."
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester City paid the price for not dealing with Barcelona's Sergio Busquets
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
Paul Scholes: Jose Mourinho's attempt to influence football's decision-makers is not working. In fact, it may have backfired
Piers Morgan 'hurt' after Arsenal legend Bob Wilson questions his support for the Gunners and labels him a 'pompous individual'
Brooklyn Beckham to be released: Why Arsenal could regret letting David Beckham's son depart
- 1 Scarlett Johansson new band 'already hit with legal complaint' from another The Singles
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia