England may have qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but there are several places still up for grabs in the final 23 man squad.
Players will have the chance to stake their claim throughout the Premier League season but it will be the players that can leave an impression on Roy Hodgson when they get called up to the national squad for the remaining friendlies.
England faced Germany and Chile in their first fixtures since qualifying for the World Cup. In the first fixture, the South American side completely outclassed England as they kept the ball with ease and limited the hosts to several opportunities. Germany rested several of their key players but still left Wembley stadium with a victory over their old enemy.
…they have to make the most of the limited opportunities that they will get…
Hodgson named a pretty inexperienced side against Chile and handed debuts to Fraser Forster, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana. It was a tough game to make your debut in but they have to make the most of the limited opportunities that they will get.
Forster had a pretty quiet night as he deputised for number one Joe Hart. The Celtic keeper has been sublime this season and was outstanding in their 1-0 defeat to Barcelona at Celtic Park. With Hart being dropped from the Manchester City starting eleven, Forster more than deserved his chance to show what he can do. Although he conceded twice, there was little the 25-year-old could do with either of Alexis Sanchez’s goals.
…his first touch is superb and he uses the ball well…
Jay Rodriguez will have better performances than what he produced on Friday night. His opportunity may have come around because of the amount of injuries to the wide players but the Southampton forward worked hard and done the simple things right, without ever harming the Chilean back four. Once the likes of Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck are fit then it will be tough for Rodriguez to get into Hodgson’s final 23 man squad.
Adam Lallana would have done his chances of going to Brazil no harm as he put in two impressive performances. With his good showing against Chile, Hodgson kept faith with the 25-year-old as only he and Wayne Rooney kept their places for the Germany game. The Southampton captain worked hard in both games and when in possession, his first touch is superb and he uses the ball well. England may have a wealth of talent in midfield but Lallana brings something different and can definitely play on the international stage.
…new faces will be introduced into the squad…
England will face Denmark in March and it will be Roy Hodgson’s last game before he has to pick his final 23 man squad for the World Cup. The manager has already came out and said that no new faces will be introduced into the squad, meaning players like Ravel Morrison and Luke Shaw will not be able to force their way to Brazil. However, for players like Rodriguez, Lallana and Forster, they may get one more opportunity to show what they can do.