Welcome to my first FM 2013 story! I’ve decided to start with an international team as my computer is slowly dying but I am getting one around Christmas time. I felt patriotic and decided go for the (not so) brilliant England! I will most probably update this story every couple of days with a few matches each update, I hope you enjoy it.
On the first day on the job I got my expectations from the FA:
Relatively easy I guess, qualifying for the World Cup in two years time should be quite easy as the group isn’t that difficult. It’s the same group as in real life, with the toughest two teams being the hosts from Euro 2012, Poland and Ukraine. The other teams are: San Marino!, Montenegro and Moldova.
The first meaningful act I did was to make a tactic; I perused the national pool and came up with standard rigid 4-4-2 which I think will suit my players best. The general idea is to have two banks of four when defending and several lines of attack when on the offense. Rooney (the DLF) will drop back spraying balls around and bursting into the box when the ball is wide. The defending CM will be my ball winner, playing simple balls and not roaming from his position too much.
I also brought in some new staff, I decided to bring in Mike Phelan as my assistant and Peter Beardsley, Gordon Cowans and David Platt as coaches. I decided to allow Gary Neville, Ray Clemence and Gary Lewin to keep their roles with the team.
So it was time for me to pick my first squad as England manager for the match against Ivory Coast, I decided to get rid of some of the older players, Lampard, Terry, Ferdinand. They will probably not play for their national team again. I decided to go for a quick attack and a quicker defence. If everyone was fit Scott Parker, Wilshere and Gareth Barry would probably be the only changes for Huddlestone, Milner and Carrick.
It was time for me to pick my first starting XI, unfortunately Rooney pulled out of Injury so I couldn’t choose him. The rest of the team is same as you saw in my tactic.
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Quality of possession provides victory
England 4-2 Ivory Coast (Friendly)
An efficient performance from England saw them run out 4-2 winners over Ivory Coast at Wembley. A brace from Theo Walcott helped England to victory.
Explosive striker Theo Walcott got England off to a flyer by scoring and effort from 19 metres which hit the inside of the post before crossing the line on 9 minutes. Walcott was able to double his tally soon after with another strike on 12 minutes.
Gerrard scored with a close range header in the 34th minute to extend the lead further. Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross then added to the lead on the 38th minute with a well timed close range finish.
Midfielder Abdul Razak pulled one back for Ivory Coast after 45 minutes with an incisive finish from 10 metres. Ivory Coast were nearly gifted a goal on 78 minutes through Joe Hart’s lapse in concentration but they failed to capitalise on the opportunity presented to them.
Winger Didier Ya Konan pulled one back for Ivory Coast after 80 minutes with a lovely chipped shot from 24 metres.
Man of the Match: Theo Walcott (England)
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So that concludes my first post of this story. I have a question: Who do you think I should call up to my squad?
Thanks for reading everyone