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Smalling For England Start

Chris Smalling represented England U-21 over the summer, alongside United team mates Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck.

All of these have been called up to the senior team for this weekend’s game against Bulgaria, although Welbeck was forced to pull out after picking up an injury against Arsenal.

Smalling has played at right back for United all season and has been very impressive, even though his natural position is more central.

England manager, Fabio Capello, has today sung the praises of our youngster, suggesting he could be in line for a starting position, ahead of Micah Richards.

“He surprised me when he played at Wembley in the Community Shield against Manchester City,” said Capello. “He played well. In fact, the four games that he’s played at right-back, he’s played really well. I always saw him play in central defence before. He is playing with confidence. He has improved and improved.”

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  1. King Eric says:

    Amonder – Chris has fantastic ball skills to be fair. He is often doing Cruyf turns. As for Jonny, no he is a centre half for me not a left back although he does play there for his country.

  2. King Eric says:

    Ididnotzeeit – Forgive my ignorance but what does EMNT stand for please? England summat national team??

  3. DreadedRed says:

    The only advantage the lads will get playing for England is some more experience under their shiny new belts. Once they have 20 caps or two years more experience the boys should resign from England duty as the law of diminishing returns will have overpowered any benefits they may continue to receive from St. George. As Gary Neville says: “If a man takes a woman out 85 times and she’s not his girlfriend at the end of it, he’s wasted a lot of time.” LOL!

  4. RedWhiteGreenGold says:

    Gary Neville’s RED is certainly going to ruffle more than a few feathers in England football. Also await Paul Scholes autobiography! cant wait to lay my hands on both of them. Just finished up with Giggsy’s and SAF’s books.

  5. Devil310 says:

    Can Jones, Welbeck, and Smalling retire from International football already?

  6. Red Riding Wolf says:

    Welcome back Jellybean! :)

  7. Red Riding Wolf says:

    Chris does indeed start for England. Well played lad!

  8. scan74 says:

    first of many chrissy boy well done mate


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