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Robbie Savage, that delightful individual has shared with the world his views on what Fabio should be doing for the next WC match, his solution to help England get into gear------Drop Lampard.....

It is time for the critics to lay off Emile Heskey.

He was the best player on the pitch against the USA on Saturday and that was not a massive surprise to me.

I’ve played with Emile and he is one of those unselfish players perhaps only other pros really appreciate.

He does all the donkey work. He takes all the knocks. But he keeps getting up and taking more for the team.

At the weekend he won balls in the air, held the play up and did everything that was asked of him – apart, of course, from score when put clean through by Aaron Lennon.

But we should cut him some slack.

Emile has spent weeks hearing about how much the Jabulani ball moves in the air if you shoot it straight. On this occasion it didn’t and went right down the throat of Tim Howard. So I can’t believe Fabio Capello is even thinking of dropping him or, come to that, moving Steven Gerrard to the left against Algeria tomorrow.

I want England to win the World Cup – and Gerrard was also outstanding down the middle, so thoughts of moving him to the left now to accommodate Gareth Barry are ridiculous. You might as well play Wayne Rooney at right-back.

Gerrard and Frank Lampard again failed to work as a unit and it might be time for Capello to look at starting with Lamps on the bench.

He’d be a sensational sub for the last half hour, giving Heskey a rest and allowing Gerrard to move forward to play behind Rooney.

I couldn’t understand playing James Milner from the start against the USA and after seeing Shaun Wright-Phillips come on to replace him, Joe Cole must be totally bewildered and thinking he’s third choice. He’ll be down in the dumps. Likewise Matthew Upson.

Rob Green is a very good keeper but England are now playing knockout football and Capello needs to rely on a man with tournament experience. For me, David James has to start in goal.

http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/opinion/columnists/robbie-savage/Robbie-Savage-column-Why-England-boss-Fabio-Capello-must-keep-Emile-Heskey-on-the-pitch-and-drop-Frank-Lampard-to-the-bench-for-Algeria-match-article471597.html

Absolutely ridiculous suggestion and shows absolutely no tactical nous for a player that has been in the game for as long as he can. Everytime I hear him talk he seems to be having a go at Chelsea or one of our players.

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I'm a massive Lampard fan but he played pretty badly in that match. He doesn't put in the same performances for England as he does for Chelsea.

Thats because he isnt played in his right position, whats the point in having the best goal scoring midfielder in europe as a deep midfielder. There was at least 3 times in the game against the US where the ball landed in or near the box where Lampard would have been at Chelsea, yet he was too far behind.

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Thats because he isnt played in his right position, whats the point in having the best goal scoring midfielder in europe as a deep midfielder. There was at least 3 times in the game against the US where the ball landed in or near the box where Lampard would have been at Chelsea, yet he was too far behind.

Which begs the question as is often the case with international football, if you're not going to play a player in his right position and he doesn't do a very good job in the position you play him in should he be dropped?

Lampard has been and will continue to be one of the very best midfielders in the world but unless Fabio can get him and st.me playing well together in the middle of the park he should drop one of them - I would drop st.me and from a very great hight but being England manager means he's not allowed to do that. It might be that Barry coming back solves the problem and I hope it does but we've seen for years that Lamps and st.me in midfield rarely works.

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