Sunday, February 12, 2006

Anton for England?

Ferdinand is now being talked about as a possible outsider for the England World Cup squad. Although Erikson is likely to go for players with internationl and/or Champion League experience if he picked on form Anton would be a shoe in. Even ignoring Campbell's obvious problems at the moment Anton has proved to be one of the top three defenders in the Premiership this season. Consider these facts:

  • Only Carragher and brother Rio have made more tackles this season.
  • Anton has won 8% more of his tackles than John Terry
  • Anton has made more blocks than Rio, Terry, King, Carragher and Campbell (in fact more than Carragher and Campbell put together)
  • Made more clearances than any of the above centre halves
  • Made more interceptions than all but Rio
  • Is only one of three outfield players to play every minute this season (i.e. is not injury prone)

    and he scored this goal ....

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