The upcoming qualifiers will be a vital moment for the English national team and could put Roy Hodgson on the hot seat if he fails to deliver.

Hodgson most likely understands that his career as manager of the national team rests on him qualifying for Brazil '14.

Going to a playoff would not be an ideal situation considering the inconsistencies of England over the qualifying campaign, and there would be a good chance of playing a difficult team.

My guess is that Hodgson will not be trying to experiment, but will want to field his most in form players at the moment to face Montenegro. The team has been lining up in a 4-4-2 / 4-2-3-1 hybrid as of late, and this starting XI will be shaped to a 4-2-3-1.

Goalkeeper - Joe Hart (Manchester City): Definitely not at the top of his game right now. At the moment though Hart is far and away England's best goalkeeper, and will need to find the confidence back that had gotten him this far.

Hart is a great goalkeeper and one of the best England has had between the posts in a long time and if he can find his form, he will definitely be talked about among the world's best again.

Right-back - Kyle Walker (Tottenham): In the absences of Micah Richards and Glen Johnson, Walker is the currently the only option for Hodgson at right-back.

The starting Tottenham right-back is a very gifted player and there is no reason to doubt his ability, but on the other side Walker is notorious for defensive lapses, concentration and being caught out of position.

The day Walker is able to bring all his talents together he will be one of the most feared right-backs in the world, but he will be a quality step in for Johnson while he's out.

Centre-backs - Gary Cahill (Chelsea FC) and Phil Jagielka (Everton FC): Probably the best options for England at the moment, and it seems for the first time in a long depth at the centre-back position is a cause for concern. 

Injuries have seemed to really hamper the back-line and it could not be a worst time, but I have faith that Cahill and Jagielka will be able to click and handle the test that awaits them against Montenegro. 

Left-back - Leighton Baines (Everton FC): The Everton man has been in scintillating form this season and one of the main reasons Everton are so far up the table is because of Baines.

He has been an absolute rock on the left side of the field and going forward has been completely unstoppable.

His crosses and set-pieces this season have been mouth-watering to say the least, and going forward for England he will add a dimension that Ashely Cole did not offer. With Ashely Cole injured, Baines will really get his opportunity to shine.

Centre-midfield - Michael Carrick (Manchester United): A constant enigma to many English fans, he certainly doesn't have the flair and goalscoring ability that a Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard would offer a team, but you can't deny the fact that Carrick knows how to control a game from his deep-lying position. 

United fans can vouch that he hasn't won many plaudits outside of Manchester, but look out for Carrick to be a key player in the upcoming qualifiers and potentially in Brazil.

Centre-midfield - Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC): The old days of partnering Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the midfield are over, and it is no longer a combination worth trying to make work.

Gerrard's ability as a box-to-box midfielder is almost unmatched and is one of the most world class midfielders to have ever played the game.

I believe pairing up with Carrick will really compliment Gerrard's game, while Carrick will be able to dictate play and control the tempo, Gerrard will be able to handle all the dirty work and possibly add some goals.

How the current England skipper plays will be a huge part in how successful England can be. 

Ring wing - James Milner (Manchester City): With the Ox and Walcott both not in the squad, Hodgson has got one of his long time favourites in Milner.

Having never really been able to cement his a place as a consistent starter at Manchester City, he has been regularly called up to the England squad because of his hard-working attitude.

I predict Hodgson gives Milner a start on the right side based on his ability to track back and the possibility of him being to add in an assist or a goal. 

Left wing - Danny Welbeck (Manchester United): A lot like Milner, his hard working mentality is a favourite attribute of Hodgson, but his technical and goalscoring ability will usually draw groans from fans when they see him starting.

Granted, Welbeck has been better for England and with a lack of wingers at his disposal, Welbeck's experience on the wing with Manchester United will earn him a starting spot on the left. 

Centre-forward - Wayne Rooney (Manchester United): The current Manchester United striker has been in incredible form this year and without him we could have seen United in a spot in the table that many of us (myself included) do not want to see.

Whether he's tracking back, assisting, scoring goals, or dazzling us with his free-kicks it seems the Wazza of old has returned. He is a guaranteed starter for Hodgson and I look for him to be the key man for England this week. 

Striker- Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC): The former Chelsea striker has been an absolute star since arriving at Anfield, and made a lot of Liverpool fans forget about Luis Suarez during his suspension.

He has been a goalscoring machine and has helped Liverpool get back to the top of the table again. There's not much else to say other than Sturridge is in incredible form right now and if he and Rooney can get on the same page, it will be downright impossible to stop these two. 


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