By Ollie Irish
Jack Rodwell smiles at the launch of Everton’s new home kit.
Rodwell: now there is a bright young English footballer worth believing in. From now on, England needs much more of him and players like Adam Johnson, and much, much less Lampard & Gerrard.
Let’s hope the Premier League doesn’t steal his innocence and creative spark, as it has done to so many good young players.
Listening to the ITV football podcast the other day, I had to agree with Peter Drury (I think it was Drury), who wondered why in this country we seem to be obsessed with moving Rodwell back to the centre of defence. As Drury shrewdly pointed out, why must Rodwell transform into a centre-back? He’s a brilliantly talented central midfielder – so why change him?
In England, we seem way too obsessed with centre-backs. Must have something to do with protecting our little island.
Jack, you stay as you are, please.