In this article, GMS contributor, Matthew Teague, predicts the squad Roy Hodgson will take to Brazil 2014, and analyses why these players should feature.


1st Choice - Joe Hart: The Man City star has been indispensable in the England squad since becoming a regular star, and for good reason. Consistent performances for both club and country show exactly why Hart is 'head and shoulders' above all the other English keepers, perhaps also one of the best in the world.

2nd Choice - John Ruddy: The Norwich keeper has matured dramatically and has become a fine keeper over the past couple of seasons, this is good enough reason for Ruddy to be cover for Hart.

3rd Choice - Jack Butland: The England under 21's keeper is currently showing the most potential to challenge for Hart's position in a few years time, and if England were unfortunate enough to lose Ruddy and Hart then this young starlet could prove a revelation.

Right Backs:

1st Choice - Glen Johnson: The experienced Liverpool defender has started to come into his prime and is always a reliable rock in the defence. Along with his great pace, his strength is enough to intimidate opposition attackers.

2nd Choice- Kyle Walker: The Tottenham full-back might end up being first choice for Hodgson, as the youngster is showing great promise. One things for sure; we've got the right back position covered.

Centre Backs:

1st Choice - Gary Cahill: The Chelsea man has the experience, simple as that. With Rio Ferdinand and John Terry out of contention, we are left with talented yet inexperienced defenders. Cahill will be a rock in the heart of the English defence.

2nd Choice - Phil Jones: The Manchester United defender has played in nearly every position for the Red Devils but has proven most effective in the heart of defence. Watch out for perhaps the surprise of the World Cup.

3rd Choice - Chris Smalling: Another Manchester United defender with similar ability to his team-mate. Could easily make the starting 11 depending on the coming season.

4th Choice - Phil Jagielka: Another experienced defender that would provide excellent back-up for the England squad.

Left Backs:

1st Choice - Leighton Baines: The Everton full back is consistently effective for club and country and is quite simply better than my second choice at the current time.

2nd Choice - Ashley Cole: He has appeared over 100 times for the Lions, yet is perhaps on the decline. As he gets older and Baines gets better, he will lose his starting XI place, yet provide a brilliant back up for the squad.

Right Midfield/Wingers:

1st Choice - Theo Walcott: The Arsenal stars' recent improvement and blistering pace will make him key in England's team next year. With a fair amount of experience considering his age, he will be pivotal in Hodgson's game plan.

2nd Choice - Wilfred Zaha: The United wonder kid has very little experience at the current time but his fantastic skill and pace have proven him a force to be reckoned with.

Left Midfield/Wingers:

1st Choice - James Milner: A work-horse in midfield, Milner has plenty of experience and is a strong quick player, the kind England need.

2nd Choice - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: The youngster from Arsenal could prove to be a strong back up and might even challenge for the starting XI depending on his performances this season.

Centre Midfield: 

1st Choice - Jack Wilshere: The hard working Arsenal star will be key in England's success, and the all-rounder will be one of the first names down on the team-sheet.

2nd Choice - Steven Gerrard: The Liverpool and England captain is probably the most reliable player in the squad, and Gerrard could link up with Wilshere to create a rock hard midfield.

3rd Choice - Tom Cleverley: With the top selection in the heart of midfield, he could easily find his way into the starting XI; it will depend on this coming season.

4th Choice - Frank Lampard: Like Gerrard, the Chelsea midfield dynamo will bring buckets of experience to the squad.


1st Choice - Wayne Rooney: The striker is indispensable in the England side with his great amount of caps. His skill, finishing and experience are needed in the squad.

2nd Choice - Daniel Sturridge: The red hot Liverpool striker has rapidly improved since joining the Reds and could provide a great striker for the Lions.

3rd Choice - Danny Welbeck: He could easily take Sturridge's place in the starting XI, if he proves himself this coming season. The young striker has got goals in him.

4th Choice - Jermain Defoe: A tricky decision, but this striker would provide fantastic back-up for England, the tricky Tottenham strikers pace and awareness in the box is unbelievable.

Other players that could make the cut:

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea), Michael Carrick (Man Utd)

Average squad age: 25

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