If England qualify, Roy Hodgson has to go to the World Cup with a blend of youth and experience, as these are the perfect ingredients for a successful World Cup campaign.

However, England need to stop relying on tried and tested formulas and acknowledge that that there are quality English players that can be integrated into a team that can be successful.

Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard should be respected and appreciated by all England fans but now is the time on. It is time for a revolution - and revolutions cause controversy, so I am well aware that some people won’t take a liking to my team. But here it goes.

I have gone for a 4-3-2-1 formation. Three central midfielders providing defensive cover and the origins of attacking play. Upfront is a lone-central striker with two wing-forwards supporting him.

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart | Manchester City | Age at 2014 World Cup: 27

Joe Hart has finally relaxed England supporters' fears that the England goalkeeper is a weak link in the team and is always prone to a mistake or calamity.

Joe Hart has considerable experience and world-class ability. He has a commanding presence in goal despite his young age for a goalkeeper, and possesses lightning-fast reflexes and a safe distribution of the ball.

A certainty for England’s World Cup XI.

Right-back: Kyle Walker | Tottenham | Age at 2014 World Cup: 24

This selection will cause controversy because Glen Johnson will be seen as a shoe-in for England’s right-back role. But the simple fact is Johnson does not know how to defend. He exposes England defence too much with his attacking runs and leaves the back vulnerable.

Walker can be guilty of this too but he has youth on his side. He has plenty of time to learn the defensive ropes so he find a balance between attack and defence. He has pace, strength and intelligence and that is why I select him as England’s right-back.

Centre-back: Phil Jagielka | Everton | Age at 2014 World Cup: 32

With the retirement of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry there is a mini-revolution occurring in the centre-back roles for England.

Phil Jagielka is my first choice because he possesses vital experience, has great positioning sense and is strong and difficult to play against. He shows more ability than the likes of Joleon Lescott, who is vulnerable to making errors.

Centre-back: Gary Cahill | Chelsea | Age at 2014 World Cup: 28

This was a difficult choice to make because I really do believe Phil Jones is going to become a world-class player. But I am not sure whether he will play as a centre-back or defensive midfielder by 2014.

Regardless Phil Jones possesses unrivalled strength and power which make him dominant on the floor and in the air. Gary Cahill is an intelligent defender but to take this spot he needs to show more consistency and intelligence which may come with more experience.

Left-back: Leighton Baines | Everton | Age at 2014 World Cup: 29

Leighton Baines is an outstanding left-back, blessed with great crossing ability, intelligent positional sense, exceptional tackling skills and great consistency.

He should definitely be England’s number one left-back and Hodgson should accept that it is time to make Baines our future before it is too late.

Centre-midfielder: Michael Carrick | Manchester United | Age at World Cup: 33

Michael Carrick has shown outstanding ability this season and it is important that Roy Hodgson utilises his talents correctly.

Carrick is calm, cool and collected on the ball and can be a significant solution to England’s problem of not being able to retain possession. Also exceptional at defensive covering which will give an added assurance and confidence to the back-line.

Centre-midfielder: Stephen Gerrard | Liverpool | Age at World Cup: 34

I could not leave Stephen Gerrard out of the central midfield position. Perhaps its the experience he has and the good campaign he has just had with Liverpool. He has great passing skills and an eye for goal and will be a good platform for the youth of the team to build upon.

Centre-midfielder: Jack Wilshere | Arsenal | Age at World Cup: 22

Jack Wilshere is a young, energetic player with world-class passing ability characterised by linking play between the midfield and strike force. He has great vision and bags of creativity and surely will cement a centre-midfield role in England’s 2014 World Cup team.

Left-wing forward: Theo Walcott | Arsenal | Age at World Cup: 25

Theo Walcott is characterised by his fast burst of pace and array of dribbling skills in addition to his ability to score goals.

He has been criticised for his inconsistency but another year of experience at Arsenal before the world Cup and I believe he will make a vibrant, attacking addition to the England lineup.

Right-wing forward: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | Arsenal | Age at World Cup: 20

Oxlade-Chamberlain has a drives forward with pace and power and will be a daunting prospect to play against next summer for any defender.

He is very skilled and also has an eye for goal. If he finds form and consistency next season at Arsenal he will be a strong choice for the starting lineup. If not players like Wilfried Zaha and Danny Welbeck may be looking to capitalise on his misfortune.

Striker: Wayne Rooney | Manchester United | Age at World Cup: 28

Rooney is England’s only world-class striker and he will continue to be picked because he is a rare player who can change a game in an instant and that is why he is repeatedly selected.

Added to this his excellent technique, combination play, vision and creativity, Rooney is a guaranteed starter.

 

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