LONDON, England — After naming his 23-man squad and 7 players on standby for the World Cup in Brazil, England manager Roy Hodgson admitted his selection of anime on the flight to Rio could come back to haunt him.
“What if Leighton Baines reacts badly to watching Mekakucity Actors? I no longer have Ashley Cole available since I didn’t agree with the fact he wanted everyone to watch Cowboy Bebop for the 108th time,” said the England manager. “Poor Luke Shaw has only watched half an episode of Witch Craft Works so he doesn’t have the experience required to pick a show when it really matters.”
Meanwhile, the experienced midfield pairing of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard continued to argue over what they wanted to see. We all know Steven likes Cipher because it contains Phil Collins music, but Frank finds the dub to leave a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, his pick of the K-ON! movie didn’t go down well with the Liverpool contingent who are tired of moe-shit coming from other clubs.
With England set to face Italy in their opening match in Manaus, little attention has been paid to what Italy will be watching during their World Cup journey with head coach Cesare Prandelli only saying “We only watch shows that help build team spirit like Giant Killing.”
The full England squad (Preferred Anime):
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Gintama), Ben Foster (Princess Mononoke), Fraser Forster (Attack on Titan). Defenders: Glen Johnson (Mushishi), Phil Jagielka (Death Note), Gary Cahill (Code Geass), Chris Smalling (Clannad), Phil Jones (Clannad: After Story), Leighton Baines (Gurren Lagann), Luke Shaw (Witch Craft Works).
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Cipher), Frank Lampard (One Piece), Jordan Henderson (Monster), James Milner (Chihayafuru), Jack Wilshere (Madoka Magica), Ross Barkley (Kill La Kill), Adam Lallana (Aria the Origination), Raheem Sterling (Anohana), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Bakuman).
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Kanon), Daniel Sturridge (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure), Danny Welbeck (Air), Rickie Lambert (The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi)
Stand-bys: John Ruddy (Fate/Stay Night), Jon Flanagan (Psycho-Pass), John Stones (Steins;Gate), Michael Carrick (Angel Beats), Tom Cleverley (Little Busters), Andy Carroll (Fairy Tail), Jermain Defoe (Nichijou)