Arsenal legend: Chelsea men needed, Smalling, Jones and co not good enough

England's John Terry

Tony Adams leaves no doubt about his concerns with the England team as he cites the importance of Chelsea captain John Terry and Ashley Cole, leaving little to the imagination to what he thinks of the selected Manchester United duo.

The 47-year-old former Arsenal defender will forever be remembered as one of the greatest defenders to play the sport, and he has the silverware to prove it.

He played in over 600 games at Arsenal in an incredible 19-year spell, which returned four top-flight titles. All of which he was named captain in. 

Since leaving the playing field it's fair to say that football hasn't been kind to Adams and he has endured three relatively unsuccessful managerial roles which left him with a win percentage less than 30%, which is obviously a very poor return. 

Nevertheless, the former Arsenal man has never been afraid of speaking his mind and giving his opinion as shown on talkSPORT, where he criticised England's current back four options and explaining the importance of experience.

'England’s defence really worries me,' said Adams. 'The back four isn’t good enough to keep clean sheets against the top countries in the world. That’s where we’ll fall down.

'The defence is our one weakness and I have major concerns. They should find John Terry and fly him out.' 

It wasn't just Terry the Arsenal man claimed Roy Hodgson should have picked with his questionable decision to leave Ashley Cole out also coming under fire.

'Roy Hodgson’s made a mistake not taking Ashley Cole,' he said. 'He’s the best left-back in the country.

'Over the course of a season he might not be on top, but for just seven games, he’d be great.

'You need all the experience you can get at a World Cup. Leaving him at home was a mistake for me.'

It's hard to disagree with the Arsenal legend, as experience in the World Cup has proven time and time again to be of huge importance, with notable examples in the recent past involving Zinedine Zidane and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

I do, however, feel that Adams is doing a slight injustice to the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones as both players are relatively young and could go on to have a really good tournament in Brazil, Phil Jones especially.

I think he has the tools to be one of England's best performers this summer and along with Gary Cahill I believe they could make a very good partnership built on good footballing ability. Which is something that could excite England supporters.

In the end, it will be Hodgson who lives and dies by these decisions, so to speak, it could ultimately end in him losing his job if it all goes wrong. Travelling without experience in the backline could prove costly, however, it could also flourish and aid England's development for future tournaments too.

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