With qualification to Brazil 2014 now finally secure, English players' attention is now focused on securing a place on board Roy Hodgson's flight next summer. Unlike recent major tournaments, England are blessed with options all over the pitch.
Here are my five players most likely to gatecrash London Heathrow this June:
1. Ravel Morrison
Morrison pounced onto the scene this season with West Ham, playing in a midfield free-role in Sam Allardyce's side. Alongside the more disciplined Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan, Morrison has been able to flourish.
Being given the freedom to attack at will without a clear centre-forward, Morrison has taken it upon himself to add to the scoresheet at Upton Park. His goal in West Ham's 3-0 away win at Tottenham Hostpur highlighted his immense talent and raw footballing ability. He can beat a man so easily, he almost does it too often. Could he be Hodgson's joker card in Brazil?
2. Adam Lallana
Lallana has been called-up to the England squad before, but would still be a surprise inclusion in Hodgson's squad. More suited to play on England's left, Lallana would have to have a solid season to get ahead of Andros Townsend, Ashley Young, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and potentially Danny Welbeck. A very skilful player who could turn a match in an instant, Lallana is a more disciplined alternative to Morrison.
3. Andy Carroll
The giant West Ham centre-forward has seen himself out of England contention for some time due to poor form and injuries. England are always crying out for a big no.9, but with a new generation of strikers in England's frontline, the target man option seems consigned to the bench. Rickie Lambert has applied himself well in his short stint for the Three Lions, always looking likely to score. However, I feel a fully fit Carroll would command a place in Brazil ahead of Lambert.
4. Carl Jenkinson
Arsenal full-back Jenkinson would add much needed versatility to England's World Cup squad. Much like Martin Kelly at Euro 2012, Jenkinson can play across the back four. With England blessed with options at right and left-back, I can't see Jenkinson being in Hodgson's plans but he would be an option to think about.
5. Ben Foster
Even with Joe Hart being in flappy form of late, Foster is nowhere to be seen in the England set-up. Fraser Forster's recent sterling performances in the UEFA Champions League for Celtic has cemented his place in the squad, but the slot for third goalkeeper is hotly contested. John Ruddy, Ben Foster, Robert Green, Alex McCarthy and Jack Butland are all pushing for a place in Brazil.
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