Ahead of two World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and leaders Montenegro, Roy Hodgson has plenty of thinking to do in order to determine which players are worthy of starting for their country.

Joe Hart, being the obvious choice, should be given the nod in goal ahead of Fraser Forster and Ben Foster.

After Rio Ferdinand's controversial call-up, shortly followed by his withdrawal - there are still many other viable options available to fill the void of the back four.

Leighton Baines, Steven Taylor Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Chris Smalling and Kyle Walker join recently called up Joleon Lescott and Steven Caulker. Phil Jones and John Terry have been left out due to injury and international football retirement respectively.

Continuing to build his fine form for his club Everton, Leighton Baines will have to be picked ahead of Ashley Cole who is looking to reach his 101st cap.

Glen Johnson has had a great season so far which should allow him to start ahead of struggling Spurs star Kyle Walker.

Playing centre-half for England hasn't had more pressure applied. With Joleon Lescott being the only player with enough experience, he should be certain to be named first but it is a matter of who should start beside him?

Steven Taylor of Newcastle has recently been called up to replace the injured Gary Cahill, therefore it may be an opportunity for the Newcastle man to stake a claim at the heart of England's defence. 

Michael Carrick may just be a certainty start in the centre of midfield after enjoying arguably his best form at Manchester United. 

After recently being delighted with his 200th goal for Chelsea on the weekend, Frank Lampard will look to regain a spot in midfield.

With Jack Wilshere not called up due to injury Steven Gerrard, James Milner, Scott Parker, Tom Cleverley and Leon Osman who is eyeing just his second cap after a sublime goal at the weekend, will all be looking to help their country in furthering their chances to qualify for the World Cup. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who finally regained a starting spot for Arsenal after weeks of injury has been selected for the squad. He will look to start on the left of midfield ahead of struggling Ashley Young.

But it's whether a diamond midfield will be employed or will it simply be two wingers supporting two holding midfielders. Depending on the structure, Theo Walcott and out-of-form Aaron Lennon will fight for a spot to play on the right side of midfield. If no wingers will be required, Tom Cleverley and James Milner will also look to feature in the middle of the pitch.

Danny Welbeck has transformed games for Manchester United simply with his presence. He will be the favourite to start as striker although Daniel Sturridge, who has impressed after his move to Liverpool, will also hope to feature.

Wayne Rooney will be the obvious option to start as a supporting striker as he has very often for United this season.

My predicted line-up against San Marino and/or Montenegro:

(4-4-2) Hart, Johnson, Taylor , Lescott, Baines, Walcott, Lampard, Carrick, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rooney, Welbeck 

 

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