LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 15 October 2009 43 TAKES A BARACKINGECBs old Friends step in to sponsor T20 BREAKING NEWS... THE ECB today announced Friends Provident will become the first title sponsors of their domestic Twenty20 competition from next year. The life and pensions company have sponsored the 50-over format as the Friends Provident Trophy for the past three years. But with the advent of a 40- over competition in place of 50, the sponsors have identified Twenty20 as their preferred branding. ECB commercial director John Perera said: T20 is set to be a hugely exciting competition next year. Next seasons Friends Provident T20 is scheduled to begin in June, with the finals day scheduled for 14 August at the Rose Bowl. GOALKEEPERS DAVID JAMES The best of an average bunch of goalkeepers -- lets hope he doesnt pack his PlayStation. ROBERT GREEN A competent understudy, but it speaks volumes that he cant dislodge a 39-year-old. BEN FOSTER Theres no point in taking Paul Robinson if you assume Foster is one for the future. DEFENDERS JOHN TERRY Solid, dependable and a veteran of the last World Cup -- keep him away from penalty shootouts. RIO FERDINAND Thankfully his recent gaffes have come seven months from South Africa. ASHLEY COLE Was Englands best performer in 2006 and is arguably an even better player four years on. GLEN JOHNSON Yes, we know he will be tested defensively, but offers too much going forward to be dropped. WES BROWN Versatility and his European experience with United sees him pip Joleon Lescott. MATTHEW UPSON Has performed adequately when called upon and his left foot adds balance. KIERAN GIBBS Already looks too good for the Under-21s, but needs games at Arsenal to dislodge Wayne Bridge. MIDFIELDERS STEVEN GERRARD Other than Rooney, the Liverpool skipper is the player most feared on the continent. FRANK LAMPARD Looks back to his best in for England, even if its not in his preferred role behind the strikers. GARETH BARRY Not as snappy in the tackle as Owen Hargreaves, but hes a better user of the ball. MICHAEL CARRICK Looks destined not to fulfil his potential at this level, and wont go if Hargreaves is fit. JOE COLE Impossible to ignore if hes anywhere near fit, which will spell bad news for James Milner. AARON LENNON When just 18-years-old he terrified defences as an impact sub in 2006 and has kicked on since then. DAVID BECKHAM In 2006 74 of the 147 goals came from set pieces. Steve Bruce would pick him, too. STRIKERS WAYNE ROONEY Wrap his metatarsals up in cotton wool now. Don Fabio wont admit it, but England rely on Rooney. EMILE HESKEY Despite his goals return, for whatever reason he, rather than Crouch, gets the best out of Rooney. JERMAIN DEFOE Electric international and club form means hes the man to go to if Plan A isnt working. THEO WALCOTT It would be perverse not to take him now hes actually played a few Premier League games. CARLTON COLE Hes more powerful than Crouch and tends not to get penalised by referees as much. MICHAEL OWEN As the Manchester derby showed, hes still the best finisher around and worth a wild card pick. JAMES GOLDMANS 23-MAN SQUAD SORRY GUYS, YOULL BE WATCHING ON TV Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King will be in contention should they be fit in June -- but thats about as likely as Scotland qualifying for Euro 2012. Villa pair Ashley Young and James Milner, in particular, can feel hard done by, while Owen Hargreaves health could hold the key to the central midfield picks. Peter Crouch is almost certain to be on the plane, but with two target men in the squad, Michael Owen offers something else, and has scored plenty of headed goals. DO YOU AGREE WITH GOLDMANS PICKS? TEXT LL RANT TO 65400 AND LET US KNOW index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html