With under five months to go until the World Cup, Roy Hodgson must start to work towards knowing what his final 23 man squad will be. Some players will feel their place in the squad is assured, whilst others will have to fight for their place.
However if several players can maintain their good form then they could spring a surprise and make Hodgson’s final squad for Brazil. Below is a list of five players who, if they can carry on producing good performances, could make the squad.
The Southampton captain has been in sublime form throughout the whole season and earned himself an England call-up for the friendlies against Germany and Chile. The 25-year-old midfielder was the only player to start both games and impressed. Lallana’s versatility across the midfield could be vital for Hodgson in Brazil, but he also possesses a great first touch, an ability to beat a player and can score and create.
The Liverpool midfielder has really come of age this season. The 23-year-old struggled in his early days at Anfield and he was mainly played out of position. Now, Brendan Rodgers plays Henderson in his preferred position in the middle of midfield and he is revelling in it. He was superb against Tottenham as Liverpool won 5-0 at White Hart Lane and he produced some superb performances in Steven Gerrard’s absence. England have an abundance of talent in central midfield and with the likes of Gerrard and Lampard nearing the end of their international careers, Henderson on current form should be given a chance to replace them.
The Liverpool winger has rediscovered his fine form from which he was producing when he burst onto the scene over a year ago. Sterling’s raw pace can give England a different option to what they already have and as of late, he has been producing an end product on a regular basis. The 19-year-old now has an even greater chance of making the squad because of the injury to Theo Walcott.
The Hull midfielder has rediscovered his best form since making the summer switch from Tottenham to the KC Stadium. The 27-year-old is one of the best passers of the ball England possesses and his delivery from set pieces is top draw. Ball retention will be key in the summer and Huddlestone could become a vital part of the squad. His performances this season have seen newly promoted Hull make a positive return to the Premier League.
The Southampton left back has been brilliant this season and has enormous potential. The Saints have the joint fourth best defence in the league and Shaw has played in the majority of the games. The 18-year-old is a modern full-back, good defensively and is more than confident going forward. He is wanted by the big teams in the country and it’s easy to see why. He will be England’s left back for years to come but this World Cup may have come round too soon for him. Hodgson will go for Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole although, if one of the two gets injured, Shaw will be a more than competent replacement.
Roy Hodgson will more than likely spring no surprises in his final squad. It’ll be the same players that have disappointed in tournaments before. If it is to be the same players then this will be there last shot at glory. England have good players coming through, Sterling, Shaw, Barkley. Players that are more than good enough to be in the squad in Brazil. It would be good to see Hodgson take a gamble on several players. If their playing well enough then they should be given a chance.