Peter Beardsley has sympathised with Roy Hodgson’s England selection, saying that just like Roy with the national team, he also often changes his mind when picking Newcastle United’s reserve team.
However, looking ahead to the Iceland match on Monday night, Peter Beardsley has urged Hodgson to go with a Kevin Keegan style set-up.
Beardsley says England should go with a front five of Vardy, Sturridge, Kane, Lallana and Rooney – recreating the type of Keegan line-ups at Newcastle United, when he would have Ferdinand, Ginola, Beardsley, Gillhespie and Lee all in the same team in 1995/96 (plus Tino added in the second half of that season), then in 1996/97 Alan Shearer also added to the mix.
As well as the front five he would like to see Roy Hodgson play, Peter Beardsley wouldn’t see a holding player like Dier as essential but WOULD also like to see Rose and Walker bombing on up the wings to support the five man attacking formation.
Beardsley for England!
“I would be happy for Vardy, Sturridge and Kane to play together and Rooney to be in midfield. Lallana has to be in there too because Iceland will be more worried about us than us them.
“Eric Dier has been really good but it wouldn’t bother me if we didn’t have a holder and I’d love to see Danny Rose and Kyle Walker continue to bomb on.
“Our back four will be capable of containing anything Iceland can throw at us and I’m old school and remember Kevin Keegan at Newcastle going for it.
“I have to be honest and say that if I was the manager of a country like England I would always take five strikers. You’re hopefully playing seven games and they can be the difference so I would always top load with strikers.
“Lallana would be the one for me who has been outstanding. He is similar to the way I played with how he moves the ball and creates goals. I really like his energy and his enthusiasm in getting the ball back. Dier has done well but overall Lallana has been our best player and I see a lot of myself in him.
“He (Roy Hodgson) is changing his mind every minute. I train Newcastle reserves and I’m a bit like that myself thinking ‘I’ll play him, and then change it’. You make different decisions and it’s amazing how at his level he also changes his mind a lot.”