Nathan Redmond – Norwich
The Birmingham prodigy was secured by Chris Hughton early on in the summer and its proven to be a good outlay. Redmond has started the season in scintillating form for the Canaries quickly establishing himself as a vital first team player, opening his account for the club last time out against Southampton. Firmly on the fringes of Roy Hodgson’s thoughts at the minute, Redmond’s exposure to regular first team football could see him nip ahead of the likes of Wilfred Zaha, Raheem Sterling and Andros Townsend.
Jonjo Shelvey – Swansea
Charlton product Shelvey looked like one of Brendan Rodgers favoured sons at the start of last season, edging ahead of Jordan Henderson but times soon changed for the England under-21 international. There’s a wealth of talent in the middle of the park for England right now but consistent performances would mean Roy Hodgson would have to consider Shelvey especially if injuries were to strike.
Gareth Barry – Everton
Elder statesmen of the group, Barry was looking to be well and truly frozen out at the Etihad by new boss Manuel Pellegrini and the former Aston Villa captain wasn’t sticking around to secure prime spot on the bench. A deadline day loan move to Everton could serve to resurrect Barry’s England hopes just in time to get him on the plane to Rio.
Steven Caulker – Cardiff
Sometimes you get the impression a manager just isn’t your biggest fan. Under Andre Villas-Boas, Caulker always seemed to be the back-up centre-half and Tottenham were surprisingly willing to accept Cardiff’s offer for the former Swansea loanee. First team football against the best the Premier League has to offer could see Caulker become a firm fixture in an area where England are lacking quality and depth.
Darren Bent - Fulham
Not long ago, Darren Bent was a firm fixture in any England squad. The modern day Andrew Cole, Bent has a proven ability to score goals in the Premier League but has struggled to transfer that form to the international stage. Having been re-assigned to primary bench warmer under Paul Lambert, Bent has taken his chances on loan at Fulham and if he can re-capture his past form he will surely nudge ahead of the likes of Jermain Defoe in Roy Hodgson’s plans.