England announces squad for Israel 2013.

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(This post is dedicated to those extremists, racists or just plain ignorant who wish to boycott the Jewish state. Also, please do the poll at the bottom as to who you’d like to see win the tournamount. This piece has also been posted at CiFWatch)

We are under three weeks away from the start of the UEFA Under 21 Football Championships in Israel and on Tuesday Stuart Pearce announced his England squad which is full of exciting players who will be using the tournamount to try to force their way into the England first team.

Eight teams qualified for Israel 2013 and they have been drawn into two groups:

Group A: Israel, England, Italy, Norway.
Group B: Spain, Germany, Holland, Russia.

England will play Italy in Tel Aviv on June 5th, Norway in Petah Tikvah on June 8th and Israel in Jerusalem on June 11th.

In the semi-finals the winners of Group A play the runners up of Group B and the runners up of Group A will play the winners of Group B. The final will be in Israel’s capital Jerusalem on June 18th.

Sky Sports are due to show every game in the tournamount live.

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It will be exciting to see Wigan’s Callum McManaman linking up with Wilfred Zaha (soon to be going to Manchester United) and a good test to see how the players cope in 80 degrees heat with the prospect of World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014 and Qatar in 2022.

It will also be a good test for Israel’s youngsters who will be trying to break into Israel’s first team. Israeli football is as strong as it has ever been. Israel’s first team are currently 2nd in their World Cup qualifying group for Brazil 2014 and were not far away from qualifying for the World Cup Finals in South Africa in 2010.

It will be interesting to see the Avi Cohens, Ronny Rosenthals, Eyal Berkovics and Yossi Benayouns of the future.

One would expect a Spain v Germany final but let’s hope for it being England v Israel with England winning the final on penalties!

Finally, the England Squad for Israel 2013 is:

Goalkeepers: Butland (Stoke), Steele (Middlesbrough), Rudd (Norwich)

Defenders: Caulker (Tottenham), Clyne (Southampton), Dawson (West Brom), Lees (Leeds), Rose (Sunderland, loan from Tottenham), Shaw (Southampton), Smith (Tottenham), Wisdom (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Chalobah (Watford, loan from Chelsea), Henderson (Liverpool), Ince (Blackpool), Lansbury (Nottingham Forest), Lowe (Blackburn), McEachran (Chelsea), McManaman (Wigan Athletic), Shelvey (Liverpool), Townsend (QPR, loan from Tottenham)

Forwards: Zaha (Crystal Palace, loan from Manchester United), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Connor Wickham (Sunderland)

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15 responses to “England announces squad for Israel 2013.

  1. What can I say except
    # BDS fail

  2. “One would expect a Spain v Germany final but let’s hope for it being England v Israel with England winning the final on penalties!”
    That should be – “with Israel winning the final on penalties” ;-)

  3. Daniel Marks

    Aha! The old “divided loyalties”, Shimona?

  4. sylhar@tiscali.co.uk

    I don`t think it`s possible but I hope for Israel to win so it sticks in the throat of all the Anti Semites,Anti Israel people. One can dream

    >

  5. Norway is sending a team? I’m shocked!

  6. @Daniel Marks – My loyalties are not divided in the least. They are with Israel – first, last and always :-)

    • as I am convinced that what is good for Israel is good for Europe and as I am a very selfish person it may not be my loyalties that wish Israel a resounding victory and a fun tournament enjoyed by all but my unabashed egotism.

  7. PS:

    if Europe (and Germany) would know what’s good for them they had as many aircraft carriers as it takes enjoying themselves in international waters off Israel’s coast with “Don’t you even think of it” painted all over them

  8. UZIKNOWSBEST

    NO MORE TONY GREENSTEIN! HE IS CLOSING HIS BLOG!

  9. danielmarks

    Well, I for one wish him all the best!

    In Victory: Magnanimity.

    • Daniel
      From your last comment on his blog

      Daniel Marks18 May 2013 21:03
      Very sorry to hear that your blog is closing, but I wish you well and may have much success in all your worthy endeavors.

      Reply

      It would have read better if you had inserted ‘as ‘ much success . ( Sark on )

      Also talk of his passing ( blog wise ) may have been premature . Lazarus has risen

      • Daniel Marks

        The one I feel most sorry for is old Bridlington Gertie. Where will he cut and paste all his posts from now?

  10. “let’s hope for it being England v Israel with England winning the final on penalties!”

    Amen!