Would a team of English players from Greater London beat a team from the North West? You decide…
With Roy Hodgson set to announce his England squad for this summer’s World Cup in the coming months, here at CaughtOffside we wondered which region of the country will be best represented by the 23 intrepid travellers.
Although Yorkshire received plenty of thought, we decided Greater London and the North West were probably the two strongest regions when it comes to producing English footballers.
So we put together two XIs – one of players born in the North West and the other of players born in Greater London.
Who do you think would win?
NORTH WEST XI
GK: Tom Heaton
Between the sticks, the North West boasts the Championship’s finest ‘keeper. After failing to make the grade at Manchester United, Chester-born Heaton is now impressing for Burnley.
RB: Jon Flanagan
Brendan Rodgers was initially questioned for his faith in Liverpool-born youngster Flanagan but the 21-year-old has rewarded his manager’s confidence with a string of impressive displays this season. Flanagan can play on either flank and looks at home in the Premier League.
CB: Phil Jones
Preston-born Jones is still just 22 but already a regular for both club and country. The technically gifted defender/midfielder is known for both his versatility and unusual facial expressions.
CB: Phil Jagielka
England’s first choice centre-half was born in Sale, Greater Manchester, making him a shoe-in for a spot in the North West XI. The Everton man’s solid partnership with Gary Cahill (sadly born in the Midlands) will be key to England’s hopes at this summer’s World Cup.
LB: Leighton Baines
Everton star Baines loves Merseyside so much, he gets homesick if he is away too long. The 29-year-old is a fabulous player and looks set to be England’s first choice left back at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.