England squad not good enough to beat Germany

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England manager, Roy Hodgson announced his latest 23-man squad for their last two games of 2013 against Chile and Germany.

Hodgson has brought in two more Southampton players to join Rickie Lambert, uncapped club stars, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, who have both been in exceptional form this season for their club and they have been at the core of Southampton's very good start to the season which sees them in sixth place in the Premier League table, with only one loss and just four goals conceded (one of the best records in Europe).

But is this slightly different England side good enough to beat the almighty Germany team? Probably not with this side, but hopefully they can prove me wrong.

Compare the out-of-form Joe Hart v Manuel Neuer, Kyle Walker v Philipp Lahm, Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze, Miroslav Klose - I could go on and on.

Don't get me wrong, I quite like the England squad, but I just don't think it is good enough to beat Germany. England have beaten Spain and Brazil in the last couple of years but I just think Germany will be better mentally prepared for this game than Spain and Brazil. That might be a controversial thing to say since Spain have won three major tournaments in a row but Germany will be just a bit too strong for England, I think. 

Before Germany, England have Chile on the 15th and this with all respect to the South American, will be the warm-up game to the big one against the Germans.

Roy Hodgson can use this game to see if he can find any good combinations that could give Germany a challenge. Perhaps to beat Germany, Hodgson can try and play to the same style as Arsenal and Chelsea did in their wins this week against Borussia Dortmund and Schalke. 

My team for the Chile game would be: Fraser Forster, Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines; Michael Carrick, Steven Gerrard; Andros Townsend, Danny Welbeck, Ross Barkley; Wayne Rooney.

Sorry Liverpool fans but I thought Sturridge was really poor against Poland, and Rooney is just a better all-round player and has a bit more experience. Jay Rodriguez will get his chance for England but not just yet, there are a lot of talented England strikers who I rate more than him for World Cup spots at the moment. He has a lot of competition and he will certainly know that.

I didn't start Jack Wilshere in Barkley's position because I don't think he'll be fully fit for these international games but I would pick him if he was fit. England should start Rooney upfront and then have either Barkley or Rooney in that attacking midfielder role, there would be a huge link up there. It would be better than having Gerrard and Rooney, different types of players. 

The England side is missing a couple players like Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can have key impacts on games, but Townsend has shown he is up to the task but will he be able to show the same skills he did against Montenegro and Poland against the like of Lahm and Mats Hummels? Perhaps, but it won't be easy.

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