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Baines, Jagielka & Lescott might get a show in England v San Marino

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England v San Marino: England’s third Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier is to be played against San Marino from the Italian Peninsula, later today (Oct 12).

Three Lions head coach Roy Hodgson has the chance of trying out new faces on the field since San Marino has enjoyed very little success in international football, and is the smallest of any UEFA country.

Baines Pushing Cole For Left Back

According to Castrol EDGE analysis, Leighton Baines’ fantastic start to the season for his club side Everton could see him force his way into the England left-back slot for the upcoming international against San Marino.

With Ashley Cole’s England future under threat following his social media gaffe as the end of last week, Roy Hodgson could decide to hand Baines his 12th cap for the Three Lions.

Premier League 2012/13 – Baines Vs Cole

Premier League 12/13

Leighton Baines

|Ashley Cole

Appearances (Mins)

7 (630)

7 (630)

Goal Attempts
Goals

2

1

Goal Assists

2

1

Chances Created

30

6

Crossing
Total Crosses

67

14

Cross Completion %

37%

7%

Defending
Tackles Made

10

24

Tackles Won %

100%

79%

Baines certainly deserves a chance to start for England against the international minnows on Friday, having been in fine form for Everton in the Premier League so far this term. He’s won possession with every tackle, and got forward at will, assisting two goals and scoring one himself.

Amazingly for a defender, Baines is actually the most creative player in the Premier League so far this season, having created 30 goalscoring chances for the Toffees.

Premier League 2012/13 – Chances Created

Premier League 2012/13|

Chances Created (inc. assists)

Leighton Baines

30

Santiago Cazorla

26

David Silva

21

Steven Gerrard

21

Lescott-Jagielka Partnership Rekindled By Terry Retirement?

lescott 200x145 England v San Marino: Chance for Baines, Jagielka & Lescott to show their quality?

With John Terry announcing his retirement from international football and Rio Ferdinand seemingly in the international wilderness while Roy Hodgson is manager, England are looking for a new central defensive partnership. Castrol EDGE performance data shows that Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka are the best players to fill this void.

Not only have Jagielka and Lescott prior experience of playing in tandem in central defence; having lined out together 66 times in the Premier League for Everton, both have been strong in the tackle since the start of last season, winning over 70% of their challenges.

England Defenders – Premier League Data since August 1st 2011

Player

Joleon Lescott

|Phil Jagielka

 

|John Terry

|Rio Ferdinand

Appearances

36

37

37

35

Minutes On Pitch

3138

3200

3241

3014

Tackles and Blocks

 

 

 

 

 

Tackles Won %

88.00%

70.30%

68.90%

81.80%

Interceptions

58

74

67

65

Duels

 

 

 

 

 

Ground Duel Success %

60.80%

73.60%

63.20%

73.00%

Aerial Duel Success %

70.70%

72.60%

71.40%

66.70%

Distribution

 

 

 

 

 

Total Passes

1702

1507

2109

1555

Pass Completion %

88.20%

75.40%

91.20%

90.70%

Jagielka has been the strongest of the four players with regards to both ground and aerial challenges, whilst also intercepting the ball from the opponent on more occasions than any of the other three.

One aspect that Lescott and Jagielka will have to improve on, however, is their distribution out of defence. Both John Terry and Rio Ferdinand have managed to complete over 90% of their passes since the start of last season in the Premier League, superior success rates to those posted by Lescott (88%) and Jagielka (75%).

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The statistics used in this article were provided by Castrol EDGE Football.

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One Comment to England v San Marino: Chance for Baines, Jagielka & Lescott to show their quality?

  1. lescott is too negative because most of his passes are either across the field to the other central defender or back to the keepr, lescott appear to be terrified to go forward with the ball or pass up field, i sometimes think he’s playing safe to keep his place in the team, he annoys me passing across the field instead of looking for someone free up front, terry, jags, cahill and ferdidnand all have no problem going forward when needed but not play it safe lescott, in one england game he must have passed the ball across the field 100 times or more, you could see that he as no intention of passing up field to a player more than 5 metres in front of him. watch him if you don’t beleive me