In this series we look at how four choices for the England manger would perform at the 2018 World Cup on Football Manager.
Here’s the four managers we’re looking at-:
1. Gareth Southgate (current England manager) WC 2018: Group stage
2. Eddie Howe (Bournemouth manager) WC 2018: World Cup winners
3. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal manager)
4. Guus Hiddink (Wildcard choice)
Here’s part three with: Arsene Wenger.
After 20 years of service at Arsenal – Wenger reaches a deal with the FA to manage to the national team.
Who will fill Wenger’s big shoes at Arsenal?
This could be very interesting – but it’s not what we’re here for!
No real surprise here – a 4-2-3-1 system and possession football. Wenger opts for youth over experience. Three big decisions are made though-:
1. Jack Butland is England’s starts in goal, Joe Hart is on the bench.
2. Nathan Redmond is part of the starting eleven.
3. No room for England captain Wayne Rooney in the squad.
Do England qualify?
Yes they do – Wenger remains unbeaten in the group stage. He wins seven of the ten games – drawing three.
In the group…
The former Arsenal manager is handed a real group of death situation.
England are drawn into Group E with Belgium, Columbia and Mexico.
The World Cup system
It’s a similar theme – as Wenger sticks with the system which got England qualified to Russia 2018. Eric Dier is preferred over Adam Lallana in midfield.
How does he do?
The group is too much for Wenger and England – and England are knocked out of the group stages.
England initially get off to a great start with a good win over Columbia – but losing to Belgium and Mexico means England crash out of the World Cup group stage for two World Cup’s in a row.
What happens to Wenger?
Arsene quits the England job after another dismal World Cup campaign.
Claudio Ranieri, Claude Puel, Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche are all linked with the post.
Thanks for reading part three of our England experiment – tomorrow we’ll see how Guus Hiddink gets on in the England hot seat.