Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 5, 2012

Briggs and Buttler in line for ODI call up

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England are set to shake-up their ODI squad for the four-match series against Pakistan that starts in Abu Dhabi on February 13. Someset's Jos Buttler and Danny Briggs of Hampshire could earn a call-up to the ODI squad for the first time.

Buttler, 21, has been in good form recently for England Lions. He and 20-year-old Briggs are the players most likely to win a call-up to the squad, while Ian Bell may pay the price for England's limited-overs failings. Bell has passed 50 only once in his last 14 ODI innings and has looked distinctly uncomfortable against Saeed Ajmal's spin bowling in the current Test series. James Anderson is also far from certain to be included.

England have two aims: to improve their chequered ODI form and build a side that can challenge for the World Cup in Australasia in early 2015. But those aims may not be completely compatible with England likely to include a third spinner for this series in conditions that will differ markedly from those anticipated at the World Cup.

England have a mixed ODI record. While their home form remains impressive - they won series against both World Cup finalists, India and Sri Lanka, at home in 2011 - their away form is grim. They lost all five matches against India in October and 14 of their last 20 outside England. They have won just five and tied the other.

Their record in Asia is even more gruesome. Since December 12, 2005, England have won just 12 of 38 ODIs in Aisa and four of those victories came against Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

Buttler struck two centuries in his last four innings for the Lions against Sri Lanka A, including one from 56 deliveries. He broke into England's T20 side towards the end of the English season after impressing in several important games - notably the CB40 final and the FPt20 quarter-final. He is seen as having the big-match temperament and the big-hitting game to prove a destructive ODI player. And can also keep wicket.

The squad is also likely to contain at least three spinners with Briggs the most likely to join Graeme Swann and Samit Patel. The legspinner Scott Borthwick, with his extra batting ability, is another possibility, though Briggs' superior control gives him an edge. Moeen Ali, who is currently playing domestic cricket in for Moors Sports Club in Sri Lanka, would be another option.

Monty Panesar is also an outside bet to win a recall. He played the last of his 26 ODIs in 2007 but he is bowling well with 14 wickets in two Tests and, aged just 29, should still be fit in 2015.

In a bid to improve the tempo of England's batting, Kevin Pietersen is likely to be given another opportunity to open the innings, with Craig Kieswetter dropping down to bat at No. 5. While England hope Pietersen can exploit the Powerplay overs, Kieswetter is also seen as an accomplished hitter of the older, softer ball.

Both may require productive series to silence their critics. Kieswetter has only passed 50 once in his last 24 ODIs, while Pietersen has not made a score of 80 or more since November 2008. Indeed, in that period, he has only passed 50 three times in 34 innings. But England have invested a lot of time in both of them and would be loathe to change tactics now.

The likes of Steven Davies, James Taylor and Joe Root are also vying for places but Tom Maynard and Jason Roy have experienced difficult Lions tours and may have to wait a little longer for an opportunity.

England (possible): Alastair Cook (capt), Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter (wkt), Samit Patel, Jos Buttler (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jonny Bairstow, Jade Dernbach, Danny Briggs, Ravi Bopara.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on February 6, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Can anyone hear that voice? Sounds like an Australian who got locked in the cellar... Of world cricket

  • hhillbumper on February 6, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Randy Oz.Yeah we lost to a better team.What happened with you and New Zealand.By your logic beating Ind 4-0 is nowt as we managed that.We still have the Ashes mate.One poor series by our batting lost us this series.You got bowled out for 47 in familiar conditions so stroll on mate.See you next year when we will have blooded some young talent.There is enough young English talent without the need for South Africans or god awful players like Morgan

  • jackiethepen on February 6, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Not quite sure of the logic of all this except as short term answers to a long term problem. Or the logic of the reasoning which says Bell should be dropped because he hasn't got more than one 50 in 14 innings, but apparently Kieswetter is Ok with his one 50 in 24 innings, and KP 3 50s in 34 innings. I think Bell would have a few more 50s from 34 innings? Bell needs confidence from his coach at the moment. Fat chance from Flower who wouldn't play him when he was at the height of his powers!! Just abysmal management. But Flower won't receive a single word of criticism from the media who berate the players in preference.

  • 2929paul on February 6, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Can someone just remond me when Cook became an ODI batsman? He's only in the team because England are lining him up to be the next captain but he's not worth his place in the side. And with Trott at three we could well be going at four an over for the first 35 overs with those two accumulating their way towards the final slog. Pressure on the youngsters at the end and once again, 220 all out. I say we get rid of Cook (who is a poor fielder as well), move Trott up to open (like Amla does for SA), Buttler has to play based on his performances, ditch Dernbach, who looks like a one trick pony, forget about Bairstow for the time being (looked all at sea in India), think about Davies again, definitely use Finn and give Swann the captaincy.

  • jacoblrfc on February 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    @RandyOZ i presume from your name that you are, unfortunately, a Austrailian. when England start losing test matches at home to N.Z and lose home ashes series then they can be called the "worst team on earth". And i suppose that those "6 months at the top thanks to a bunch of imports", refers to Bell (whose english by the way :) ) who averaged over 100, Cook (whose also english :) ) averaged over 80, and bowling wise Broad, Bresnan, Tremlett, Swann and Anderson (all English :) ) made sure england RETAINED the ashes. And when we have to turn to Steven Smith to represent our test 5 times, then we can be declared awful.

  • Stark62 on February 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @ RandyOZ Yep, the same Pakistani team which rolled over Aus for 88 and the same Eng team which thrashed Aus in Aus!

  • charlesandrewbudge on February 6, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @RandyOZ - You really don't do yourself any favours. "Literally the worst team on earth" beat Australia 3-1 a year ago, with a second string attack I hasten to add. Khawaja, their "import", averaged 22 against New Zealand, of all teams; at least ours' were capable of making runs.

    England's ODI side is in urgent need of restructuring, and some fresh faces would be very much welcome. England seem to frequently struggle in the fifty over format, a player of Jos Buttler's ability in the shorter forms could help to really reinvigorate England in limited overs cricket. James Taylor and Gary Ballance both look fine prospects, although England are in danger of stacking their top order with "accumulators" so I'm not sure there's room for a batsman of Taylor's nature at this point. As far as bowlers go, I think Chris Woakes is very much deserving of a recall, I seem to remember he was rather unfairly dropped favour of Liam Plunkett in Australia after collecting a six-fer.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Pakistan just Dominate in tests and they Will in odis in T20 too with boom boom and umar akmal.

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (February 06 2012, 11:54 AM GMT) Not that your comms have anything to do with this subject - predictable nonetheless. So I'm guessing Australia - who England beat 3-1 on your turf a year ago are LITERALLY from another planet. Also quite funny that you and your alias Jonesy keep going on abouth our lack of depth in the bowling dept.Who was it Australia were carting out the other night , Lee and Hogg ? Hogg is 41. And what was even funnier was that they weren't the worst bowlers in the Australian line up. I hope ESPN publish this although I know that all you ever do is post a trash comment and then run away from the heat

  • RandyOZ on February 6, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    England are literally the worst team on earth. After 100 odd years of being cellar dwellers they have a brief 6 months at the top thanks to a bunch of imports and then are already getting whitewashed by the likes of pakistan. Absolutely hilarious. Keep wiping that egg off your faces england fans, there is a lot more to come!!

  • 5wombats on February 6, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Can anyone hear that voice? Sounds like an Australian who got locked in the cellar... Of world cricket

  • hhillbumper on February 6, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Randy Oz.Yeah we lost to a better team.What happened with you and New Zealand.By your logic beating Ind 4-0 is nowt as we managed that.We still have the Ashes mate.One poor series by our batting lost us this series.You got bowled out for 47 in familiar conditions so stroll on mate.See you next year when we will have blooded some young talent.There is enough young English talent without the need for South Africans or god awful players like Morgan

  • jackiethepen on February 6, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Not quite sure of the logic of all this except as short term answers to a long term problem. Or the logic of the reasoning which says Bell should be dropped because he hasn't got more than one 50 in 14 innings, but apparently Kieswetter is Ok with his one 50 in 24 innings, and KP 3 50s in 34 innings. I think Bell would have a few more 50s from 34 innings? Bell needs confidence from his coach at the moment. Fat chance from Flower who wouldn't play him when he was at the height of his powers!! Just abysmal management. But Flower won't receive a single word of criticism from the media who berate the players in preference.

  • 2929paul on February 6, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Can someone just remond me when Cook became an ODI batsman? He's only in the team because England are lining him up to be the next captain but he's not worth his place in the side. And with Trott at three we could well be going at four an over for the first 35 overs with those two accumulating their way towards the final slog. Pressure on the youngsters at the end and once again, 220 all out. I say we get rid of Cook (who is a poor fielder as well), move Trott up to open (like Amla does for SA), Buttler has to play based on his performances, ditch Dernbach, who looks like a one trick pony, forget about Bairstow for the time being (looked all at sea in India), think about Davies again, definitely use Finn and give Swann the captaincy.

  • jacoblrfc on February 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    @RandyOZ i presume from your name that you are, unfortunately, a Austrailian. when England start losing test matches at home to N.Z and lose home ashes series then they can be called the "worst team on earth". And i suppose that those "6 months at the top thanks to a bunch of imports", refers to Bell (whose english by the way :) ) who averaged over 100, Cook (whose also english :) ) averaged over 80, and bowling wise Broad, Bresnan, Tremlett, Swann and Anderson (all English :) ) made sure england RETAINED the ashes. And when we have to turn to Steven Smith to represent our test 5 times, then we can be declared awful.

  • Stark62 on February 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @ RandyOZ Yep, the same Pakistani team which rolled over Aus for 88 and the same Eng team which thrashed Aus in Aus!

  • charlesandrewbudge on February 6, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @RandyOZ - You really don't do yourself any favours. "Literally the worst team on earth" beat Australia 3-1 a year ago, with a second string attack I hasten to add. Khawaja, their "import", averaged 22 against New Zealand, of all teams; at least ours' were capable of making runs.

    England's ODI side is in urgent need of restructuring, and some fresh faces would be very much welcome. England seem to frequently struggle in the fifty over format, a player of Jos Buttler's ability in the shorter forms could help to really reinvigorate England in limited overs cricket. James Taylor and Gary Ballance both look fine prospects, although England are in danger of stacking their top order with "accumulators" so I'm not sure there's room for a batsman of Taylor's nature at this point. As far as bowlers go, I think Chris Woakes is very much deserving of a recall, I seem to remember he was rather unfairly dropped favour of Liam Plunkett in Australia after collecting a six-fer.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Pakistan just Dominate in tests and they Will in odis in T20 too with boom boom and umar akmal.

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (February 06 2012, 11:54 AM GMT) Not that your comms have anything to do with this subject - predictable nonetheless. So I'm guessing Australia - who England beat 3-1 on your turf a year ago are LITERALLY from another planet. Also quite funny that you and your alias Jonesy keep going on abouth our lack of depth in the bowling dept.Who was it Australia were carting out the other night , Lee and Hogg ? Hogg is 41. And what was even funnier was that they weren't the worst bowlers in the Australian line up. I hope ESPN publish this although I know that all you ever do is post a trash comment and then run away from the heat

  • RandyOZ on February 6, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    England are literally the worst team on earth. After 100 odd years of being cellar dwellers they have a brief 6 months at the top thanks to a bunch of imports and then are already getting whitewashed by the likes of pakistan. Absolutely hilarious. Keep wiping that egg off your faces england fans, there is a lot more to come!!

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Just wondering what the fans would think of a pretty much Lions based squad side ? The reason I say this is that our batting in Pak has been so poor and I think it would be good to give our batsmen some more practise in SL - maybe squeezing some practice matches if possible-and bowlers the same or in some cases maybe a rest.The worst thing it does is lessen our chances of winning the ODIs/T20s but if it increases our chances of winning in SL I'd say it would be worth it.Also who's to say our Lions wouldn't do a better job right now? So how about Broad,Swann ,(possibly Finn),Bopara,Cook,Trott,KP moving on to try and get some more games in SL? Morgan could captain the side as I think he stands a better chance of regaining some confidence/form in this format and you could have other Lions players like Root,Hales,Woakes ,Buck etc to come in and pick up some experience as well as possibly put themselves forward.Not sure I like Cook as a OD player. Was unimpressed at his captaincy in India

  • on February 6, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    try your best dudes !!!!becoz Pakistan lions are really in good form so save yourself from series whitewash!!!anyhow the squad is much better now with young blood... there will be fighting match sooon.......hope u dont mind........

  • on February 6, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    God forbid that we include a combination of any three from Cook, Trott, Bell or Bopara. It's about time that Andy Flower realised two things: 1. Accumulators - no matter how effective they might be at Test level - simply don't win ODIs; & 2. The best way to pick an ODI team is to view it as an extension of a T20 team: i.e. pack it with big hitters & economical bowlers who, hopefully, can also bat a bit. On that basis, batsmen such as Buttler, Bairstow & Jason Roy as well as bowlers like Woakes & Briggs should be in, while Bell, Bopara, Trott, Dernbach (I say this despite being a lifelong Surrey supporter) & Anderson should be shown the exit door.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 5, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I've said for years that Kieswetter would be better down the order, given his quick running and ability to clear the ropes. However, if Bairstow and/or Buttler are already likely to be playing there is ZERO point in picking Kieswetter at 5. Should be: Pietersen, Cook(c), Trott, Morgan, Bopara, Patel, Buttler(wk), Broad, Swann, Finn, Briggs. With Hales, Bairstow, Woakes, Bresnan (Dernbach if still unfit) as back-ups.

  • 5wombats on February 5, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Guys. Need to sort out our ODI side! Briggs and Buttler have to be a good place to start. What's the story with Woakes? Y no mention? NB - this is not the announced squad.

  • on February 5, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    As a Somerset supporter, I rate Buttler one of the best youngsters and the power he hits is absolutely awesome, superb eye on the ball. I was at Trent Bridge for the T20 QF against Notts, Somerset was staring down in the barrel until BUTTLER and Pollard blitzed the Notts with 60odd runs in just 5 overs to win the game. It shows Buttler has a temperament to match in the big games which England are badly needing a player like that.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Briggs has looked decent when I've seen him play for Hants so I'm glad he's given a chance. Dernbach seems to have gone right off the boil which is a shame as he looked good last year, but looked poor in India as did most of our lads. I'm a huge Buttler fan but I think there were a couple of ODIs or T20s where he came in at 7 or didn't even get a chance to bat. I feel at times Somerset bring him in too low down also.VS Surrey in the final SS lost he proved that he can build an inns and it's not all about big hitting with him. I think he should be a floater and come in as early as number 4 or 5 depending on the wickets situation. Would like to see Broad and Anderson play but because of England's obsession with playing 6 batsmen in the tests , I'd rather see them rested. Pak are rightly favourites for the ODI's but I hope we at least give a good account of ourseleves

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @hhillbumper on (February 05 2012, 15:23 PM GMT) - NO - seriously bud , I'm in agreement with you re Morgan in the test side but then again Bell (who I'd have nowhere near the one day side) KP (til last inns) and Strauss (even when he got 50) all looked vulnerable/negative etc. I feel ODI's Morgan and KP should be the 1st 2 on the teamsheet.

  • jibzz_100 on February 5, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    where is anderson and james taylor......i think taylor is better than bairstow......

  • hhillbumper on February 5, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    can we please drop Morgan.He is meant to be good against spin and frankly has looked like a rank amateur.Also can we knock of Dernbach who has a rangle of slower balls all of which an international player can spot and smack away.I would keep Woakes so that he can learn to bowl on these wickets.We know we are useless at 1 day cricket so why not take this chance to blood a lot of young players and teach them how to bowl on surfaces which are so different to our own.Surely this will move them forward more.

  • o-bomb on February 5, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    I've been very impressed with Jos Buttler whenever I've seen him play. I think he has a big future.

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    gud 1 i think england have no chance in onedayers

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    I liked KP opening in the world cup, I think it's the way to go until Alex Hales comes of age at which point he can move back to 3/4... at the same time I don't think Kieswetter can justify his place if he isn't opening as Buttler is far more useful down the order against the slower bowlers (especially if he has license to throw caution to the wind)

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    why the hell we want three keepers butler is ok but wats the point of baistow instead we can go wid leciester boy taylor sorry now nottingham

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter , I dread and despair that Englands batting order could have these four overseas players in it!

  • faranian882 on February 5, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Alex Hales should be in the side.

  • on February 5, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Fair article, BUT I think Keiswetter has passed 50 twice in recently (sorry for being a nerd), he got one unbeaten at Trent Bridge against Sri Lanka last summer and then 60 odd against India in the autumn...

  • segga-express on February 5, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Surely Jade Dernbach's place should be under threat. An ODI economy rate of 6.23 and average of 41.56 is hardly inspiring. If this return was coming from a bowler with no variations everyone would be screaming for a player with more variety and who was less predictable. Dernbach appears to be predictably unpredictable and is easy pickings to international batsmen as a result. Broad, Bresnan and Finn should be the first choice seamers with someone more dependable as first choice back up, perhaps Onions or Woakes (who can add batting as a more than useful second string). Regarding the T20 squad, it would be good to see form rewarded by selecting Owais Shah and possibly Luke Wright who have had brilliant times in the BBL

  • hhillbumper on February 5, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Can we drop Morgan as he seems completely unable to do anything at this point of time.he should certainly be drooped from test team and he is not much cop at one day stuff.maybe Ireland can get him playing better cause at this point the jury is well and truely out.We were told he was great against spin but have seen nothing of this so far.As for Dernbach he should go as well

  • Nutcutlet on February 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    What sort of winter has Jade Dernbach had? He couldn't hold on to his place in the ODIs in India, and was soon jettisoned by the Melbourne All Stars in the BBL. Nonetheless, he seems an auto-pick for the squad as far as George is concerned. Hmm. Moving on, I'd prefer Danny Briggs to Scott Borthwick as I truly believe that bowlers should be picked without too much reference to their batting potential in 50 over cricket. Leave batting to the specialist bats! DB knows how to bowl on turners too (thanks, Hampshire!). Additionally, England v seldom produces leggies of note, so a sla is the wiser pick. Lastly, I really hope that Steve Davies gets a chance as a specialist opener. He was dropped far too quickly in Oz last winter for not being assertive enough - as a keeper! No one said his batting wasn't up to it! I'd have him over KP as an opener in ODIs. but I'm whistling in the dark on this one.

  • doctornikki on February 5, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    The test series was so exciting..hopefully the ODI will also be well faught..I appreciate the great spirit in which both the teams played and there wasnt even a single ugly incident or remaks..well played both teams and pakistan making a huge recovery of their stature in world cricket..England will definitely recover as they have got talent and been doing well last 2 yrs...I got the worth for getting up at 6am to watch the whole sries and miss some work as well :-)

  • jacoblrfc on February 5, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Finally Jos Buttler's performances have earned him a call to the ODI side, with his performances recently against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, i think it shows he is ready for this step up. he has consistently been on of the best one day players in the last 2 seasons. An average of over 70 in one day cricket with a very aggressive strike rate just shows how good he is. Also Briggs looks to become a very good spinner (as does Borthwick) so i think he is a good inclusion to the squad aswell.

  • 5wombats on February 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    About time - good. 25 char

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  • 5wombats on February 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    About time - good. 25 char

  • jacoblrfc on February 5, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Finally Jos Buttler's performances have earned him a call to the ODI side, with his performances recently against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, i think it shows he is ready for this step up. he has consistently been on of the best one day players in the last 2 seasons. An average of over 70 in one day cricket with a very aggressive strike rate just shows how good he is. Also Briggs looks to become a very good spinner (as does Borthwick) so i think he is a good inclusion to the squad aswell.

  • doctornikki on February 5, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    The test series was so exciting..hopefully the ODI will also be well faught..I appreciate the great spirit in which both the teams played and there wasnt even a single ugly incident or remaks..well played both teams and pakistan making a huge recovery of their stature in world cricket..England will definitely recover as they have got talent and been doing well last 2 yrs...I got the worth for getting up at 6am to watch the whole sries and miss some work as well :-)

  • Nutcutlet on February 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    What sort of winter has Jade Dernbach had? He couldn't hold on to his place in the ODIs in India, and was soon jettisoned by the Melbourne All Stars in the BBL. Nonetheless, he seems an auto-pick for the squad as far as George is concerned. Hmm. Moving on, I'd prefer Danny Briggs to Scott Borthwick as I truly believe that bowlers should be picked without too much reference to their batting potential in 50 over cricket. Leave batting to the specialist bats! DB knows how to bowl on turners too (thanks, Hampshire!). Additionally, England v seldom produces leggies of note, so a sla is the wiser pick. Lastly, I really hope that Steve Davies gets a chance as a specialist opener. He was dropped far too quickly in Oz last winter for not being assertive enough - as a keeper! No one said his batting wasn't up to it! I'd have him over KP as an opener in ODIs. but I'm whistling in the dark on this one.

  • hhillbumper on February 5, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Can we drop Morgan as he seems completely unable to do anything at this point of time.he should certainly be drooped from test team and he is not much cop at one day stuff.maybe Ireland can get him playing better cause at this point the jury is well and truely out.We were told he was great against spin but have seen nothing of this so far.As for Dernbach he should go as well

  • segga-express on February 5, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Surely Jade Dernbach's place should be under threat. An ODI economy rate of 6.23 and average of 41.56 is hardly inspiring. If this return was coming from a bowler with no variations everyone would be screaming for a player with more variety and who was less predictable. Dernbach appears to be predictably unpredictable and is easy pickings to international batsmen as a result. Broad, Bresnan and Finn should be the first choice seamers with someone more dependable as first choice back up, perhaps Onions or Woakes (who can add batting as a more than useful second string). Regarding the T20 squad, it would be good to see form rewarded by selecting Owais Shah and possibly Luke Wright who have had brilliant times in the BBL

  • on February 5, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Fair article, BUT I think Keiswetter has passed 50 twice in recently (sorry for being a nerd), he got one unbeaten at Trent Bridge against Sri Lanka last summer and then 60 odd against India in the autumn...

  • faranian882 on February 5, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Alex Hales should be in the side.

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter , I dread and despair that Englands batting order could have these four overseas players in it!

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    why the hell we want three keepers butler is ok but wats the point of baistow instead we can go wid leciester boy taylor sorry now nottingham