GMS academy member Andrew Burt gives his potential England starting XI for the 2014 World Cup - assuming they qualify of course!

Starting XI:

Joe Hart - Man City - 26: England keeper, Joe Hart has been the number one for club and country since the 2010 World Cup disaster; he has been in solid form for both England and Man City in recent years and will be a vital member of the 'Lions' set-up for years to come.

Luke Shaw - Southampton - 18: The youngest player in this line-up is Luke Shaw; he cemented his place in Southampton's starting eleven last season at the tender age of just 17, helping them to a very respectable 14th place finish in the Premier League.

Kyle Walker - Tottenham - 23: Already one of the best attacking full backs in the Premier League, possibly even Europe, Kyle Walker will almost certainly be the future England right back. The defensive side of his play does require improvement, but at just 23, he still has plenty of time for that.

Phil Jones - Man United - 21: Before Sir Alex Ferguson retired as Manchester United manager at the end of the last campaign, he stated that Phil Jones had the potential to become one of the greatest players to ever play for the Red Devils; he even compared him to the great Duncan Edwards! 

Steven Caulker - Tottenham - 21: Competition for a centre back position at Tottenham has been very high, with the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson in the squad, however, Steven Caulker has forced his way into the starting line-up over the last 12 months, making 28 appearances in total for Spurs last year and establishing himself as a key part of the national Under 21 side. 

Jack Rodwell - Man City - 22: Since his £15million switch from Everton to Man City, Rodwell has been plagued with injury, playing only 15 times in all competitions. Rodwell is renowned for being a box to box midfielder, he is defensively sound, a good finisher and his passing is generally pin-point.

Jack Wilshere - Arsenal - 21: Jack Wilshere has been tipped to eventually captain both England and Arsenal, he was born a natural leader, his determination and dedication make him a fan favourite for both club and country. Furthermore, although he has only seven caps for England he is already regarded as a key player and one of the first names on the team sheet

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal - 19: Chamberlain had an extremely exciting first campaign for Arsenal, earning rave reviews from a number of pundits. He didn't quite push on as much as he would have liked last season. However, he finished the year in style, scoring a stunning volley against Brazil in the Maracana.

Raheem Sterling - Liverpool - 18: The first Liverpool player to make this list is Raheem Sterling, his breakthrough year in the Premier League was hugely impressive and Sterling earned his first international cap in a friendly against Sweden. 

Theo Walcott - Arsenal - 24: After his exclusion from the 2010 World Cup, Walcott has been in fantastic form for Arsenal and was the club's leading scorer last season, with 21 goals for the Gunners. Since his exclusion, his finishing has improved, his positioning has improved and his physicality has improved.

Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool - 23: It seems as if Daniel Sturridge has been around for a lifetime, he has already played for Man City, Chelsea, Bolton and now Liverpool. However, he is only 23 and still has plenty of time to improve. He enjoyed a very successful debut season at Liverpool, scoring 10 goals over the space of just 14 games in the Premier League.

SUBS:

Jack Butland- Stoke- 20

Kieran Gibbs- Arsenal- 23

Chris Smalling- Man United- 23

Tom Cleverly- Man United- 23

Tom Ince- Blackpool- 21

Wilfried Zaha- Man United- 20

Nathan Redmond- Norwich- 19

 

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