Yes it's a TLDR thread. Both Spain and Germany years ago went under a revolution. Spain's was further back in history in the 80's I think, when they invested a lot of money in their game which resulted in 30,000 paid coaches around the country. Germany, very recently did the same. They went under a revolution and now look at their team. Young creative players. They too have around 30,000 paid coaches in their cuontry. England have 5,000 paid coaches, that's it. The rest are parents of kids managing their local team. That sounds fun and stuff but it's through youth that Spain and Germany now have this style (more so Spain). In Spain, their under 9's team plays identical to the Spanish national team. Identical. Messi in the Barcelona camp knows no other style than pass move pass move, same applies to the rest of Barcelona/Madrid etc. So, let's do the same with England. The FA need to invest heavily in coaches and get us up there with the likes of Spain/Germany with over 30,000 paid coaches across the country. But enough of that boring stuff, let's do what we can now. So if it was me I would immediately scrap 4-4-2, burn it and bin it. I would change it to either 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 depending on the players available and team we're facing. I would then promote Rodwell, Micah Richards, Carrick, Walker, Wilshere, Welback, Henderson (yes believe it or not) and Cleverely to first team footballers, some on the subs bench. All of those play with a creative flair - if you don't believe me - start watching U21 international football. The biggest name in that list is Jack Wilshere. He'll slot into Rooney's place. Rooney atm gets the ball deep and creates play, like he does for Man United. After doing that he sprints into the box to try and score a goal. But at Manchester United he has Nani, Valencia, Scholes (a better version of Pirlo), Carrick (awesome at keeping the ball) and Welback who help support Wayne. England it just doesn't happen. So yeah back on topic, Wilshere will be our version of Iniesta. Wilshere in a few years will be a candidate for Baloon D'Or anyway, so I have no worries with him filling that role. He needs someone to work with, so at the time being Jack will have to work with Lampard/Gerrard/Parker to actually qualify for Brazil because if you do the revolution too quickly then it won't work and we won't even make it to the world cup. But if we're comfortable in qualifying you start introducing Rodwell and Cleverely to the main stage - dropping Frank and Steven Gerrard. Cleverely is also like an Iniesta, but he's more like Xavi. He'll get the ball, pass it, move, receive it, pass it, move, receive it, pass it, see's a space open up, receive it and pass into that space. Wilshere can take people on (YouTube Wilshere vs Barcelona to see how good Wilshere is). So now you have two creative/passing midfielders in the team, you need an anchorman. You need 3 in the middle else you're outnumbered, who's better at anchoring than Carrick? Active watchers of the BPL will understand completely what Carrick does. He's the busquets of England (a better version I might add), or the Xabi Alonso (not as good as Xabi). He'll simply hold, shoot out those long balls accurately, keep the ball, defend well etc. He allows the two creative midfielders ahead to do what they want. The wingers will be Young and Walcott/Ox, I think Seabs might disagree with the Young inclusion but watch him for Manchester United. If he's around people who can hold the ball, he doesn't need to come back and do the defensive work (which requires strength - Young has none), he's a good passer of the ball and is a very big goal threat. Ox/Walcott on the other side will give us amazing pace with Walker behind too. All of the front men, Rooney, Young, Welback, Ox, Walcott etc will be closing down the opponent in their half fast, identical to Spain. BUT if there's too much room for the defenders to manoeuvre it you stop and start the pushing on the half way line - again - like Spain. We have one of the best keepers in the world (Joe Hart), the best LB in the world (Ashley Cole), an awesome RB who's faster than anyone I've ever seen in that position (Walker) and two consistent strong CB's in Terry and Lescott who could easily be replaced by Jagielka, Cahill etc. That's a great back line. You have Carrick, Cleverely and Wilshere in the midfield keeping the ball and creating chances, that's an awesome midfield to nurture. With Young, Rooney and Walcott/Ox (or even Welback - Walker bombs up the wings and Welback is an awesome passer himself) up front. That team is already a lot better than the defensive team we have now. Feel free to leave feedback, add your own input etc. Let's fix our diabolical football team.