In our final instalment of national squads, we have chosen the best English players in the Premier League. Just in case you missed our previous articles, click through to see the All-French Squad, the All-Spanish Squad and the South American Squad.
With a wealth of options to choose from, here’s an All-English squad within the £100m budget:
We’ve gone for a slightly expensive double in goal with England’s No.1 Joe Hart (6.5m) and Ben Foster (5.0m), who was impressive for West Brom last season. Both are guaranteed to start for their respective clubs and it’s arguably our strongest duo out of all the national squads. With City starting the season with a favourable run, Hart has an ownership of 13.2%, whilst 5.6% of all managers have gone with Foster.
In our backline, we have 3 expensive defenders supplemented by two budget ones. Baines (7.5m) is the most expensive defender on the game and this comes as no surprise given his performance last season, where he was the highest scoring defender with 177 points. With set pieces, penalties and plenty of attacking threat, he’s a great option for anyone with spare funds.
We’ve also included his rival for England’s left back role, Ashley Cole (6.5m). With Bertrand his only competition, Cole is as safe as anyone in the Chelsea backline and with their double to kick things off, it’s surprising that his ownership is only 6.8%. It seems as though managers have gone for more attacking defenders in the form of Ivanovic or Luiz.
Johnson (6.0m) is also in our squad and he’ll be looking to improve on what was a pretty average season for him in 2012/13. He’s got decent attacking threat and should face little competition for a starting position. Finishing our defence off, we’ve got Shaw (4.5m) and Turner (4.5m). They are both likely starters for Southampton and Norwich, two clubs that shouldn’t struggle as much as the promoted sides, and come in at budget-friendly prices.
In midfield, we have a few that featured in the win over Scotland including the first English goalscorer in the game, Theo Walcott (9.5m). He may be our most expensive midfield option but as he showed in the international game, he has an eye for goal. Eventually, he’d like to play up top and will be keen to keep scoring this season to prove to Wenger that he deserves a shot.
Supporting him we have Lampard (8.0m), who isn’t a stranger to finding the back of the net himself as shown by his prolific goalscoring record over the years. He’s not guaranteed to start every game but with Chelsea starting the season with a favourable double, we’ve taken a gamble with him. Staying on the theme of goalscoring midfielders, we have Kevin Nolan (7.0m), who gelled instantly with Carroll and we’re expecting this partnership to continue in 2013/14. Carroll’s currently injured but West Ham have some great fixtures to start the season and at 7.0m, Nolan is a decent mid-range option.
To complete our midfield, we’ve got two relatively cheap players in the form of Wilshere (6.5m) and Zaha (6.5m). We’ve already covered both of these players in previous spotlight articles which you can find here – Wilshere, and here – Zaha. They both have very budget-friendly pricetags and are almost guaranteed starters for two top of the table sides. Wilshere has slight fitness doubts and Zaha is unproven but if they start returning, expect everyone to jump on the bandwagon and their prices to shoot up.
Up front, our most expensive option is Sturridge (9.0m), who is set for the furthest role forward in the Liverpool attack. This is where Rodgers feels he’s most deadly and is expecting big things from him this season. He clearly has the potential and only his ego might stop him from discovering it. With Coutinho threading balls through to him, Sturridge will have plenty of chances to make a name for himself.
Our mid-range option is the hero from England’s friendly with Scotland, Rickie Lambert (7.5m). From his humble beginnings, Lambert has worked his way up through the leagues to finally ply his trade in the Premier League and his first season was impressive, finishing up on a massive 187 points. Despite this, he still has a friendly pricetag and it’s not surprising to see him in 18.7% of all fantasy premier league sides, heading into the new season.
To round off our £100m budget, we have Danny Graham (5.5m) who is looking to get back on track at Hull. Following an impressive season with Swansea, he was ousted n 2012/13 and left for Sunderland, where he struggled for form and gametime. Bruce will be looking for Graham to bag the important goals that help keep Hull safe and is sure to given him plenty of minutes to rediscover his form in front of goal.
That rounds up our English players but in the lead up to Saturday’s deadline, we’ll be releasing our Select XI for Gameweek 1 and taking a closer look at Chelsea and Villa who have a double gameweek. So make sure you don’t miss out on our fantasy football tips, news and advice by returning soon or joining us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. By joining any of our social media channels you’ll be automatically entered into a monthly draw to WIN a detailed analysis of your fantasy premier league squad. Roll on, roll up, it’s time to get addicted once more!
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