Falcao to Manchester United will anger one important manager

Roy Hodgson

Falcao has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but it could be bad news for Roy Hodgson.

As the season ends, the countdown to World Cup 2014 will officially begin - when it hits June it will be officially one year away.

So Roy Hodgson will be crossing his fingers that the 2013/14 season treats his best stars well, and brings their best form heading into the tournament in Brazil.

Unfortunately, a South American could be about to seriously throw his plans into jeopardy - that man is Falcao.

Manchester United are claimed to have stolen ahead in the race to sign the Colombian, to the chagrin of Chelsea and Manchester City fans.

The implications for England fans is simple; it means two of their key strikers face a season either on the bench of being played out of position heading into the World Cup.

Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck can expect to play second fiddle to the duo of Robin van Persie and Falcao, if current expectations are anything to go by.

Rooney is England's main man, but has seen his role as United's main man diminish with the arrival of Van Persie, and he would be further marginalised by Falcao.

Today against Stoke he featured in an attacking central midfield position, one which could be where his future lies, and it could even be argued Sir Alex Ferguson was testing this at the Britannia.

Rooney is adaptable, having shown during the time Ronaldo and Tevez were at United his willingness to sacrifice himself for the good of the team by playing out wide, even though it is far from his best position.

Danny Welbeck has been doing this all season, playing as a wide man or a deep lying forward, which accounts for his low goal tally, even though his performances have been impressive.

Falcao's arrival will simply mean more of this for each player, which may work out for United, but it will not for England.

Both players are likely to be central to England's plans, literally. Roy Hodgson will not have any need for them to play out wide or in midfield, he will want them up front.

By time the World Cup comes around, that could just be something both players are out of touch with and lacking sharpness - meaning either they are unlikely to feature, or England can prepare for yet another tournament of failure.

Could Falcao's arrival at United really hamper England's World Cup in 2014? What do you think?

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