The England squad….in League Two

Finally in this miniseries, the England squad if it was picked from only League Two players. These are the names that I think would be in the squad.

Goalkeepers

Dean Gerken (Colchester United) – The U’s keeper is a very experienced stopper, having made 113 appearances at Ipswich before rejoining the Essex side. He would be a good option in goal, and probably the starter.

Joe Wollacott (Forest Green Rovers, on loan from Bristol City) – I watched Wollacott play for the Green Devils last weekend, and he was absolutely superb. He made some brilliant saves and was a big reason why they beat Colchester 1-0. At the age of 23, he would be a player pushing to start between the nets.

Mark Halstead (Morecambe) – The Shrimps’ huge improvement in League Two has been amazing. A huge part of that has been their defence, and Halstead is a reliable option for this England side. Signing a new two year contract at the Globe Arena shows how much he is rated by manager Jim Bentley.

Defenders

Will Boyle (Cheltenham Town) – Boyle has been the beating heart of Cheltenham’s defence over the last few seasons, and would be a contender to start, or if not then he would get some minutes somewhere.

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) – A versatile left-sided defender, Ng is of Singaporean descent, and is eligible to play for them. However, he was named as the Club Player and Players’ Player of the Year for the Alex last season, which is all that needs to be said about why I have included him here.

Ollie Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra) – A central defender with experience of the league, he has been a big part of Crewe’s impressive start to this season.

Aaron Martin (Exeter City) – Martin is another experienced defender who is a commanding presence at the back, and that will definitely give England something else at the back.

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) – To think that he was a free signing back in June 2018 is amazing, because I think Mills has been one of the Green Devil’s best players over the last season and a bit. He is an attacking left-back, who is also a set-piece specialist, and I would think he would start in this England team.

Sam Ling (Leyton Orient) – Ling is a player that I am interested in, and I would think he would be the sort of player that would be a second-choice perhaps, or maybe a first if the system suited him.

Mal Benning (Mansfield Town) – Another versatile defender who plays mainly as a left-back for Mansfield, he has made over 140 appearances for the Stags. He is not a massive goalscorer, but he would be dependable as an option at the back.

Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) – Arguably Mansfield’s best defender, Pearce is a player who could start in this England team. He is a threat at set-pieces, and is a powerful centre-back who clears balls from inside his box as well.

Carl Piergianni (Salford City) – He is a player who was a mainstay last season as Salford won promotion to League Two, and has made a good start to his career as a League Two player. Would be an interesting outsider to start.

Midfielders

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) – A flying winger who scores goals from either side of the pitch, Kirk would be a brilliant player to start and to cause problems to any opposing defence.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) – Ainley is a no. 10 player who scores goals and creates opportunities, and would be a brilliant player to start in behind the striker, of at the top end of a midfield diamond.

Lee Martin (Exeter City) – An experienced player who spent three seasons as a Millwall player before his move to Devon, he would not be a starter, but would be another player who can play on the wing for England.

Otis Khan (Mansfield Town) – An excellent attacking player, who has normally been deployed at Field Mill as an attacking midfielder, Khan scored 12 goals over two seasons at Yeovil before his move to Mansfield. He would be an outsider to start.

CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) – One of Mansfield’s best players and most dangerous attackers over the last season or two, Hamilton would be a player who should start on the left wing, and would be able to create as much as he could have chances to score.

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) – At the ripe old age of 40, Ellison is still a very important player for the Shrimps, and is still scoring goals and starting matches. In this team, he might not start, but he could come on for some minutes every now and again.

Robbie Wilmott (Newport County) – Another winger who controls the wing and is capable of playing balls into the box as well as scoring goals. Wilmott is also quick, and it is not uncommon to see him marauding up and down the Exiles’ wings.

Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) – Another outside player, but the reason I have included him is because he is a bit of a playmaker in the midfield. He was part of the MK Dons side that were promoted to League One last season. He will give a bit of everything to the midfield in this England side.

Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) – Sarcevic is a technically brilliant player who scores goals and creates opportunities for others, and was one of the better players in Plymouth’s doomed League One survival campaign last season. He is one who can be relied upon to score and create goals.

Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) – One of the shining lights in Bury’s promotion campaign last season, and then subsequently followed manager Ryan Lowe to Devon, Mayor is a winger who is capable of scoring plenty of goals. He could be a starter for England, or at least a solid substitute.

Josh Gordon (Walsall) – Gordon is another quick winger who is capable of making quick counter-attacks happen, and playing good passes. He is another who may be challenging for the starting XI. Last season, he scored 7 goals, so poses a threat. He can also play as a striker.

Strikers

Marc Richards (Cambridge United) – Richards is now 37 years old, but has been one of the top strikers in the league for a few seasons now. He is at the stage where he is changing clubs most seasons, due to his age, but that has not impacted his potency in front of goal.

Luke Norris (Colchester United) – Norris has been a big part of Colchester’s rise to be one of the best teams in the league, and is a striker with an eye for goal. He won’t be starter for the team necessarily, but could be in line for some minutes here and there.

Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) – Nadesan is a player who has been a consistent goalscorer in League Two, and is another player with an eye for goal. He can also play in a variety of attacking positions, and can play as part of a front two, three or on his own. This versatility will help the England squad in a variety of situations.

Matt Green (Grimsby Town) – Green is another seasoned striker who can always be relied upon to score goals wherever he goes. He is 32, though, so is unlikely to start matches initially.

Andy Cook (Mansfield Town) – A strike who joined the Stags over the summer after scoring 17 goals for Walsall last season, he is the player most likely to start as this team’s first choice striker. He can always be relied upon to score goals.

Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe) – A player who moved to Notts County in 2017, but never really made his mark for the Magpies, but joined the Shrimps over the summer and has found his goalscoring touch again, with 5 goals in 7 games so far this season. He can also play as a winger, so adds more flexibility where required.

Harry Smith (Northampton Town) – Smith is a brilliant striker who was one of the reasons that Macclesfield Town managed to avoid the drop last season. He scored 9 goals, but his eye for goal and the fact that he is 24 years old could mean he starts for this England team.

Eoin Doyle (Swindon Town) – Doyle has played for several clubs since his move to Cardiff didn’t really work out as everyone thought it would, but he did well at Bradford, scoring 11 times despite their relegation last season, and has since moved to Swindon Town for this season, where he has so far scored 7 goals in 6 games.

 

So there we go – that is the end of my look at the Championship, League One and League Two to see what an England squad from each of those leagues would look like. Do you agree with my choices?

 

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