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England squad will be unrecognisable to 2007 prediction

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In 2007, the Daily Mail came up with a squad of 11 players they predicted to make the England 2014 squad for the World Cup.

However, since then, arguably only two of them have made it to the big time and are in with a shout of making the flight to Brazil next year.

The squad was as follows:

Ben Amos; Sam Hutchinson, Micah Richards (C), Gavin Hoyte, Robbie Threlfall; Dean Parrett, Michael Johnson, James Henry; Theo Walcott, Jose Baxter, Scott Sinclair.

As you can see, Richards and Walcott are the only standout names, although Baxter and Sinclair are noticeable too.

Here are where the players are now (many of them never having been close to an England XI):

Amos - Manchester United (reserve)

Hutchinson - Vitesse (in Holland, on loan from Chelsea)

Richards - Manchester City (fringe player)

Hoyte - Dagenham and Redbridge

Threlfall - Morecambe

Parrett - Stevenage

Johnson - Retired

Henry - Millwall (on loan from Wolves)

Walcott - Arsenal

Baxter - Sheffield United

Sinclair - West Brom (on loan from Manchester City)

To prove my earlier point, nine of these 11 remain uncapped for England, with Walcott and Richards the only men to have represented their country.

Well, you can't get them all right...

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