England takes on Brazil in the new Wembley

This is a huge test for Steve McLaren as he has called back the old guard. David Beckham and Michael Owen are in the squad for the friendly against Brazil.
McLaren’s realizes he is taking a gamble. “I will stand or fall by this decision but anyone who has watched David closely over the last few weeks and months must understand why he is in the squad.”
For a squad short of answers, desperate times call for desperate measures. Given Beckham’s present form it might not be all that desperate given the fact that he has been playing exceptionally well but it shows the limited options in England’s midfield through injuries and a lack of new talent. McLaren is re-uniting Lampard and Gerrard together and in the past this relationship has been a disaster. With Owen Hargreaves out with injuries, England does not have a holding midfielder. Ledley King might have to be called on to perform that role. Nicky Shorey gets the call up and becomes the first Reading player in a century to represent England. Look for him to get his licks in attack as he has a pretty good leg on him.
Should Beckham stumble Bentley should get a look in to push out wide and get some quality crosses in to trouble the Brazil defense. Owen and Smith start up front. My choice would have been Defoe instead of Smith. Defoe is a hustler and can get of some cracking shots.

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