England's Best XI | Part 4: Uncapped Players | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 4: Uncapped Players | Opta Stats Analysis

With England’s best XI already chosen (http://www.eplindex.com/14112/england-xi-part-3-strikers-opta-stats-analysis.html) we will now look at whether any of the players that haven’t been mentioned by the media for an England call up would make the starting XI.

We have compared these players against the player that was chosen for the starting XI in the previous article.

We have again given the player that comes out on top in each statistic 5 points, the player that comes second 3 points and the player that comes third 1 point.

Right Back

As Glen Johnson was chosen for the right back slot we have compared him against Danny Simpson and Martin Kelly and found that Johnson comes out on top again.

Johnson has won 57% of his ground 50-50s this season, which is 3% better than both Simpson and Kelly. He has also won 62% of his aerial 50-50s this season which is 15% better than Kelly and 17% more than Simpson.

Glen Johnson also has the best pass completion percentage out of the three right backs as he has completed 82.10% of his passes this season, which is 7.46% better than his teammate Martin Kelly and 8.05% better than Danny Simpson.

Johnson has also not made one defensive error this season and creates a chance for his team every 88 minutes which is 69 minutes more often than Kelly and 129 minutes more often than Simpson. Johnson also completes 1.42 of his dribbles per game which is an impressive 1.12 more than Kelly and 1.24 more than Simpson.

Simpson has won 82.09% of his tackles this season which is 5.62% more than Johnson and 11.5% more than Kelly. He has also found a teammate with 26% of his crosses so far this season, which is 7% better than Johnson and a whopping 20% better than Kelly.

Simpson also impresses in how long it takes him to lose possession of the ball as he only gives the ball away every 122 minutes which is 44 minutes longer than Kelly and 75 minutes longer than Johnson.

Therefore, as Johnson comes out on top in this comparison he would still get the nod over both Simpson and Kelly for Euro 2012.

Centre Backs

As Lescott and Ferdinand scored the highest in the centre back comparison they were chosen for England’s best XI, so we have compared them to Williamson and Caulker to see if they would have made the starting XI.

As you can see from the table above Ferdinand and Lescott come out on top again with Ferdinand coming in the top two in every statistic and Lescott coming in the top two in every statistic apart from minutes per loss of possession.

Lescott has won 92.11% of his tackles this season which is 6.4% better than Ferdinand and a very impressive 14.84% better than Williamson and an incredible 26.48% better than Caulker. Lescott has also conceded the fewest amount of goals per game this season as Man City have only conceded 0.77 goals per game when he has played. This is 0.11 better than Ferdinand, 0.36 better than Caulker and 0.41 better than Williamson.

Lescott and Caulker have also not made any defensive errors this season, while Ferdinand makes a defensive error every 706 minutes while Williamson makes an error every 768 minutes. Lescott has also won 77% of his aerial 50-50s this season which is 7% better than Ferdinand, 17% better than Caulker and 26% better than Williamson.

Ferdinand has won the highest percentage of ground 50-50s this season out of all the centre backs in this comparison by winning 70% of them. This is 4% better than Lescott, 8% better than Caulker and 19% better than Williamson.

Ferdinand has also completed 89.81% of his passes this season, which is 1.89% better than Lescott, 2.27% better than Caulker and 14.93% better than Williamson. It also takes Ferdinand 423 minutes to lose possession of the ball, which is 39 minutes longer than Williamson, 216 minutes longer than Caulker and 268 minutes longer than Lescott.

Therefore, as Ferdinand and Lescott come out on top in this comparison they would still be the first choice centre back partnership for England this summer.

Next Page: Centre Midfield and Wingers compared… Including Sinclar, Pilkington, Britton, Osman, Spearing and Dyer.

Centre Midfield

As Gerrard and Scholes came out on top in the centre midfield comparison and Carrick was chosen for the 4-3-3 formation these players have been compared to Britton, Spearing and Livermore to see if any of these un-capped players would make the starting XI.

Gerrard has scored 5 goals this season, which is 2 more goals than Scholes, 3 more than Carrick and 5 more than Livermore, Spearing and Britton. Gerrard has also scored a goal every 225 minutes which is 57 minutes more often than Scholes and 852 minutes more often than Carrick.

Gerrard also creates a chance for Liverpool every 43 minutes, which is 13 minutes more often than Scholes and 39 minutes more often than Livermore.  As well as creating the highest amount of overall chances for his team Gerrard has also has created the highest amount of clear-cut chances this season. Gerrard has created 1 more clear-cut chance than Scholes and 2 more clear-cut chances than Livermore and Britton.

Gerrard creates a clear-cut chance for his team every 376 minutes, which is 48 minutes more often than Scholes and 358 minutes more often than Livermore. He also wins the ball back in the attacking third of the pitch every 125 minutes which is 242 minutes more often than Livermore and 623 minutes more often than Carrick.

Scholes wins the ball back in the midfield third of the pitch 1 minute more often than Britton and 3 minutes more often than Spearing, while Spearing wins the ball back in the defensive third of the pitch 1 minute more often than Britton and 7 minutes more often than Carrick.

Scholes also only loses possession of the ball every 169 minutes, which is 28 minutes longer than Spearing and 34 minutes longer than Livermore. Scholes also completes 92.5% of his passes which is only beaten by Britton who has completed 93.18% of his passes this season.

Carrick has won the highest percentage of ground and aerial 50-50s this season as he has won 6% more ground 50-50s than Britton and 8% more than Spearing, while he has won 3% more aerial 50-50s than Gerrard and 7% more than Scholes.

Spearing has made more tackles per minute than any other of the midfielders as makes a tackle 2 minutes more often than both Scholes and Carrick and 4 minutes more often than Livermore. Spearing has also won 78.57% of his tackles this season which is 7.74% better than Livermore and 9% better than Gerrard.

Therefore, as Gerrard, Scholes and Carrick all come out on top in this comparison then they should keep their places in the starting XI for Euro 2012.

Wide Midfielders

As Lennon and Johnson were chosen for theEngland’s best XI they have been compared to Sinclair, Dyer, Osman and Pilkington to see whether any of these un-capped players deserve a place in the starting line up.

Lennon has created 10 clear-cut chances this season, which is 4 more than Pilkington and 6 more than Johnson. Lennon has also created a clear-cut chance every 119 minutes, which is 105 minutes more often than Johnson and 192 minutes more often than Pilkington.

Pilkington and Sinclair have both scored 8 goals this season, which is 2 more goals than Johnson this season and 4 more goals than Osman and Dyer this season. Although, Johnson has scored more goals per minute than anyone else in this comparison as he scores a goal 46 minutes more often than Pilkington and 170 minutes more often than Sinclair.

Johnson has also created a chance for his team every 30 minutes this season, which is 3 minutes more often than Lennon and 22 minutes more often than Pilkington.

Pilkington has found a teammate with 35% of his crosses this season, which is 10% better than both Lennon and Johnson and 12% better than Osman. It also takes Osman 81 minutes to lose possession of the ball which is 2 minutes longer than Lennon and 36 minutes longer than Pilkington.

As well as scoring 8 goals this season Sinclair has also completed 82.35% of his passes this season, which is 0.82% better than Johnson and 2.22% better than Lennon.

Therefore, as Lennon and Johnson come out on top in this comparison they should keep their places in the starting XI, although Pilkington comes close so we think that he may have a case for a place on the plane.

To conclude, none of the un-capped players should be included in the starting XI, although Pilkington should be considered for a place in the squad for Euro 2012.

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