When England lost to Chile on Friday night they did so with a whimper and they displayed to the world they just don’t have the depth to be considered serious challengers at the World Cup.
It pains me to write that sentence because I want more than anything for the national team to perform well in Brazil next summer, but sadly I just can’t see it.
There will be people out there who say that it was just a friendly, which of course is true, there are others that question some of the absences of senior players, stating that their injuries may be superficial and that they could have indeed played in the game.
Then there is the Roy Hodgson factor, he rotated his squad which is exactly what is expected in a friendly, it gave him an opportunity to look at some of the players who will fill the squad when the time comes to pick his final 23.
But when the opportunity was presented to what we may call the fringe players of the national squad sadly they didn’t impress, we have to look at the scenarios that could occur, if any of the senior players were to be injured then is there enough in the locker to still be considered a top team?
The fact is that there should be enough players, the Premier League is the best league in the world and the quality of players in the competition is fantastic but they just aren’t doing enough when they get the call up.
Tonight England face Germany for the first time since their 4-1 drubbing in the 2010 World Cup, but it is not only the home side who are different, tonight the German side are without Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller and Lukas Podolski all of who played in both the 2010 fixture and barring injury are certain to be in the German starting 11 at the World Cup.
But here is my concern, even without these players and at Wembley, the Germans are favourites, the men that make the odds for this game have priced the ‘old enemy’ at 11/8 whilst England are 2/1, but tonight isn’t about winning, despite the history between the two sides and the fact that it is always nice to get one over on your biggest rival it is about displaying your hand.
If Germany win tonight and most people think that they will, then they do so with a make-shift team and one which will suggest to many people that they will have a strong squad in Brazil.
Victory for Joachim Low’s team will also undermine the England team and show the many flaws that they have, it will expose the lack of depth in the squad and further remove the psychological edge that the nation had, just because we were the ‘Three Lions’.
England fans, what do you think, is there enough depth to the national team and if they lose tonight does it highlight further problems with the squad?
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