There is a lot of criticism about the England football team nowadays saying that the side has the potential to be one of the best nations in the world.

However, they currently sit in 17th place in the FIFA rankings and questions will be continually asked towards Roy Hodgson. England haven't won a competition 37 years and many people across the nation believe this is far too long. 

I think the main reason for why England have struggled is that the manager has been picking the wrong squad, the wrong starting 11.

Hodgson likes to pick the players from the top teams i.e. Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool. The exceptions are Fraser Forster (Celtic) and Rickie Lambert (Southampton) and Everton players.

Hodgson includes far too many United players in his England squad. In the latest England squad, there were five United players, but were originally seven.

I believe only three out of those seven deserve a place in the England squad and they are Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.

Welbeck has scored eight goals in 18 games for England which shows he gets the job done when he plays and Rooney is there for Welbeck as the more experienced player.

More like the Miroslav Klose to Mario Gomez role Rooney has. Carrick is a brilliant central midfielder who can work well with Jack Wilshere and Frank Lampard in a more defensive midfield role.

The players that managed to not get injured while on international duty who play for United and England were Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, Carrick, Ashley Young and Welbeck (pulled out due to suspension).

As you see Carrick and Welbeck, players I like were rightly in the squad. But, Smalling, 23, Cleverley, 24, and Young, 28, do not deserve to be in that England squad, but since they play for Man United they get a better chance than players such as Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), Kevin Nolan (West Ham) and Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

Smalling, Cleverley and Young fall under the overrated file as they really are average players. Cleverley's 11 caps does not represent his quality as a footballer. Kevin Nolan has been a consistently good player for over 10 years now and hasn't gotten anything back from it, just a £4million move to Newcastle then a free transfer to West Ham. 

The underrated consist of the players I have listed above who are not playing for the top six sides. However, there are people who play for Arsenal who I believe do not get enough opportunities to represent England, for example Carl Jenkinson.

Jenkinson has proved he can play at the top of club football after playing 27 Premier League games and 11 Champions League encounters.

He has one cap for England after coming on as a late substitute against Sweden. Jenkinson, 21, has been in good form, better than other right-backs like Glen Johnson. Unfortunately, he isn't seen as a better player than Johnson or Kyle Walker. 

The England squad is going into turmoil and something really has to change before Brazil, because otherwise I can only see us getting just past the group-stages like in 2010.

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