Focus on England

The rise and fall of Joleon Lescott

October 11, 2012
By Norman Hubbard
Pre-eminence came courtesy of controversy. Joleon Lescott was England's finest central defender at Euro 2012 but he owes his status as the first choice in his position to John Terry's international retirement and Rio Ferdinand's exclusion. The golden generation and the more garlanded talents - defenders like Sol Campbell, Jamie Carragher, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate who have kept Lescott out of the squad, let alone the team - have left the scene. Lescott is in pole position.

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