Well, the 9th of January draws ever closer and with Brian Ashton set free (we hope) with a long term contract will announce his first squad since the World Cup Final. No selection day is complete however without several days of sustained bickering and outlandish suggestions by the finest <strike>idiots</strike> brains in the land and so, without further ado! Let the random speculation and crazy XV spamming commence! Before we start however, some VITAL INFO from various sites and publications around the world: BBC Sport's "Hot or not" dumb-down-o-rama. Hot players: Tom Varndell Tom Croft Shane Geraghty Toby Flood Matthew Tait Not players: None on England's side apparently. Obviously forgot about Hodgeson. Stuart "thou shalt be negative about anything English" Barne's XV in Rugby World Andrew Sheridan Dylan Hartley Phil Vickery Simon Shaw Ben Kay James Haskell Tom Rees Nick Easter Andy Gommersall Danny Cipriani David Strettle Toby Flood Matthew Tait Paul Sackey Nick Unpronouncable (Bath My problems with that XV? Tait should be at 15 with someone else at 13. Also Matt Stevens should be at 3 instead of Vickery. Other than that, I feel the team is well balanced and the selection of Shaw and Kay sensible in order to keep the pack afloat in times of peril and danger.