Fabio Capello has to sit through a lot of football matches before he decides who to pick for England. But the Italian manager could save himself a lot of trouble if he just played the Soccerlens Fantasy Football Game instead. I’ve looked at the stats, and picked an England team according to which English players have averaged the most points per game during the first three weeks of the Soccerlens Fantasy Football Game.
The ideal formation turned out to be 4-3-3, with the four highest scoring defenders, the three highest scoring midfielders and three highest scoring forwards. That fantasy football England team is below, along with their average fantasy points scored per week
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (Man City) averaging 4.7 points per week
Right Back: Luke Young (Aston Villa) 4.7
Centre Back: John Terry (Chelsea) 6.7
Centre Back: Anton Ferdinand (Sunderland) 6
Left Back: Ashley Cole (Chelsea) 7 (Captain, so double to 14 points)
Centre Mid: James Milner (Man City) 5
Centre Mid: Paul Scholes (Man Utd) 5.7
Centre Mid: Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) 5.3
Right Wing: Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 6.7
Centre Forward: Andy Carroll (Newcastle) 6.7
Left Wing: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 6.5
Total: 67.3 points
Couple of surprises there. I doubt Craig Gardner would make most people’s England team for the games against Bulgaria and Switzerland, I’m pretty sure most would prefer to see Rio Ferdinand in the team rather than his younger brother and I doubt many fans outside Chelsea would select Ashley Cole as England captain. Micah Richards actually scored higher than Luke Young, but misses out because I can’t pick more than two players from any one team. At least Capello doesn’t have that problem. But I say this still looks a pretty strong team. Definitely capable of beating Bulgaria at Wembley.
There’s no Premier League action this weekend because of the Euro 2012 qualifiers, but the Soccerlens Fantasy Football Game will resume next weekend, and it’s never too soon to start picking your team. You can play for free at the Practice level, or if you know your stuff you can play at the Silver level and compete for the $40 weekly prize money, at the Gold Level for the $80 weekly prize money, or at the Platinum level for the $200 weekly prize money.
The Soccerlens All-Stars team played at the Silver level last week and won a tasty $25. If you think you can do better – talking to you Fabio – then sign up for the Soccerlens Fantasy Football Game and pick your team now.