Following England’s 1-0 defeat to France, where Mo Marley kept the tried and tested players, maybe now is the time to make some changes and prepare for the FIFA 2019 World Cup.
The next opponents in the World Cup qualifiers are Bosnia and Kazakhstan. It is the right time to introduce new blood and prepare for the future, rather than look at what was left behind from Mark Sampson’s legacy.
I am really puzzled by the regular call ups of a good number of players who are there to make up the numbers. I mean it is fine to have fringe players in a squad, but will those fringe players be in the squad in 2019. If that’s the case fair enough, if not why not try to bring some youngsters in and bed them in progressively.
If we look at the last next generation squad: Sophie Baggaley, Hannah Blundell, Aoife Mannion, Jodie Brett, Leah Williamson, Keira Walsh, Melissa Lawley and Bethany Mead could all be brought into the senior squad and replace fringe players.
There is also a case for calling back some players who have been rejected from the set-up for the reasons we know, like Eni Aluko, Anita Asante, the injured Lianne Sanderson or Katie Chapman. Or some who have also been left out, such as Claire Rafferty, Gilly Flaherty, Rachel Daly or Gemma Davison.
So which players should be dropped for all those players? Mo Marley will be the judge and will decide to keep faith in the current squad or bring new faces to freshen up the set-up. Or maybe the new manager will do this by January when the La Manga warm weather training squad is announced.