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England: Top 5 uninspiring players

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With the World Cup draw being made on Friday, England's opening game in Brazil will come against Italy in a game that will take place late in the evening for fans on these shores.

Here are five relatively uninspiring England players who, if playing in Manaus, will make the game difficult to stay up for...

James Milner - The Manchester City winger is frequently the subject of many taunts over social-networking sites when he is used by Roy Hodgson. Milner doesn't inject much confidence into the England fans.

Deployed mainly as a defensive winger, the 27-year-old certainly isn't in the 'ones to watch' category for the 2014 World Cup. 

He will start the majority of games because he can run a bit.

Danny Welbeck - The gangly striker surprisingly doesn't have a bad record in an England shirt, a stark contrast to his poor record in the red of Manchester United. A bad first touch and poor technical ability are what frustrate Welbeck's critics. 

The fact he's an England regular continues to baffle many, and it will be those that persist on pressing the 'snooze button' when Welbeck appears on the screen.

Tom Cleverley - Many once had Cleverley down as the next Xavi or Andres Iniesta. It's these same people who now seem to berate him.

The Manchester United midfielder had a tough task coming through the ranks when the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes were still performing for their club and Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard for country.

After a good first breakthrough season, it looks as if the pressure has caught up with him. Cleverley has decent vision, but aside from that offers very little.

Glen Johnson - When Johnson gets named in the starting eleven, the nation winces. If there isn't a left-winger in world football that hasn't met the Liverpool right-back yet, he's worth waiting for. You'll have a field day.

Kyle Walker has been around the England camp for a while now, and it's hoped he can establish himself as a starter.

Michael Carrick - 'Carrick is going to Rio'. You've probably heard that somewhere before. Normally passing backwards towards teammate Rio Ferdinand, because that's all he ever does.

Sideways. backwards. sideways. backwards. Many call for his introduction into the England squad when things are going slightly wrong, mainly out of panic. He's very static, made worse by the fact he'd be playing with an ageing Steven Gerrard.

Carrick shouldn't be near the squad, but he probably will be, ahead of our more youthful players like Ross Barkley.

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Glen Johnson
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