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IS ISRAEL RIGHT FOR AJ?

evertonfc.com , 15th February 2007 - 12:43

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According to a report in the Daily Express (Thursday, February 15) Steve McClaren is ready to make sweeping changes to his England side for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel in Tel Aviv.

And, as part of his changes, the story suggests Everton's Andy Johnson is being lined up to lead the England attack whilst Bayern Munich's Owen Hargreaves will be fast-tracked back into the side after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a broken leg.

McClaren is apparently keen to do away with the impression that certain England players are untouchable - something that seemed to build-up during Sven Goran Eriksson's reign at the helm.

The Express believes McClaren is set to mimic Everton's favoured 4-4-1-1 formation, with Johnson as the lead forward and Wayne Rooney in the Tim Cahill role. Hargreaves is seen as the ideal man to hold the midfield together - the Lee Carsley job - allowing Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard to act as more offensive midfielder playmakers - Leon Osman and Mikel Arteta.

Having been given little opportunity to show his true worth on the international stage, bar a couple of outings as a wide man, is a crucial game like the one in Israel the right time to place the weight of the nation on the shoulders of AJ?

Would such a move benefit Everton?

What is your view on how the Everton man should be employed on the international stage? Who do you think will solve the conundrum that has led to widespread criticism of England's performances in recent outings?

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