The Mail Online's 2014 England squad: Where are they now?

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Back in 2007, a year on from a disappointing World Cup campaign, the Mail Online tried predicting England's 2014 World Cup starting XI based on the seemingly rising talent of the time.

Six years on, with the World Cup just around the corner, it is evident that the Mail was way off with some of the predictions. So where are those chosen starlets of 2007 now?

GK - Ben Amos

Signed as an 11-year-old from Crewe Alexandra, Amos was tipped to be Manchester United's future No.1. However, now 23, he has only made five appearances for the Red Devils and has been loaned out to five teams in five years.

He has played three times for England at U21 level, and it is unlikely that the 'keeper currently on loan at Carlisle will be on the plane to Brazil.

RB - Sam Hutchinson

Hutchinson had just become a member of the first team squad when the Mail made their prediction, having been promoted from Chelsea's youth team.

He, similarly to Ben Amos, has only made five first team appearances and has been loaned out to Nottingham Forest and Vitesse Arnhem in recent years.

With the wealth of young right-backs that England have, chances will be very limited for the 24-year-old who has only gone as far as U19 level internationally.

CB - Micah Richards

Richards is one of two realistic selections made by the Mail. However, with all the new talent at Manchester City's disposal and a whole host of injuries, Micah Richards' playing time has been at a premium.

It seems that unless he moves clubs in January and has a quality end to the season, we won't be seeing him at the World Cup.

CB - Gavin Hoyte

A product of the Arsenal Academy, big thing were expected of Gavin Hoyte. However the 23-year-old has only five Arsenal appearances under his belt and, following a number of unsuccessful loan moves, he moved to Dagenham & Redbridge in 2013.

He has not played international football since 2009 when he represented England Under 20s. 

LB - Robbie Threlfall

Liverpool academy graduate, Robbie Threlfall is currently plying his trade at Morecambe, a far cry from the English national side. His career got off to a flier as he won the FA Youth Cup in 2006 and 2007 before a series of loan move to the lower tiers of English Football.

These proved comparably unsuccessful and he was released by Liverpool in 2010 without even making a first team appearance. He was quickly snapped up by Bradford who then sold him on to Morcambe in 2012.

CM - Dean Parrett

Parrett started his footballing career at QPR before moving to Tottenham in 2007.

He made four appearances for Spurs, all coming in the UEFA Cup/Europa League. However he never really made his mark at the club and after five loan moves away from White Hart Lane, Parrett moved to Stevenage in 2013.

He has reasonable success at international level, playing 11 times for the under 19s, scoring four goals and once for the under 20s in 2011. However he hasn't played international football since and is way down the pecking order for England.

CM - Michael Johnson

A career plagued by injury blighted Johnson's chance of playing for England. He played 37 times for Manchester City over a six year spell and could perhaps be seen as a victim of the money influx at the Etihad.

He was arrested three times on drink driving charges in 2012. He joined Leicester City on loan but the deal was cut short after sustaining an injury. City released the player at the start of 2013 as pictures of the 25-year-old showing him overweight were published.

He has been a free agent since then. The apparent demise of his promising career was lamented by a number of those that had worked with him. Former Manchester City team-mate Dietmar Hamann described him as an "outstanding" midfielder that reminded him of his Germany team-mate Michael Ballack.

City manager at the time of his release Roberto Mancini simply said: "A guy with a big talent - I am sad for him".

CM - James Henry

Henry, who also qualifies for the Scottish national team, currently plies his trade at Wolverhampton Wanderers having signed on a loan deal from Millwall in 2013. He had a successful spell at The Den under Kenny Jackett, playing 121 times after making his loan from Reading permanent.

This season has also been a success, scoring three times in 10 appearances for Wolves, where Kenny Jackett now manages. He is another who has come nowhere near the current England team despite playing seven times (scoring twice) for the under 19 between 2007 and 2008.

RW - Theo Walcott

Arguably the one with the best chance of going to the World Cup next year, Walcott is a star for Arsenal despite missing a lot of this season through injury.

Should he regain his starting place in the Arsenal team, there is no doubt that the speedy winger will be in Roy Hodgson's plans.

Having started, along with many other world class wingers, at Southampton, Walcott sealed a £15million move to the Emirates in 2006. Since the he has played 36 times for the Three Lions, scoring five goals and was named in England's 2006 World Cup squad and their Euro 2012 squad.

ST - Jose Baxter

Everton signed local lad, Baxter, at the age of six. He remained at Goodison Park until 2012, making seven appearances before leaving for Oldham. He had a relatively successful spell for the Owls, scoring 15 goals in 42 appearances.

He is currently at Sheffield United and has scored one goal in 10 appearances this season. The closest he has come to the national side is the nine appearances he made for the U19s, for whom he scored three times between 2008-2009.

LW - Scott Sinclair

Some may argue that moving to Manchester City wasn't Sinclair's smartest move.

After an incredible spell at Swansea which saw the Welsh club promoted to the Premier League, City took notice and ultimately signed the winger in 2012. However it wasn't to be and he played only 190 minutes of league football for City.

In 2013 he moved to West Bromwich Albion on loan. His fortunes may change for him at the Hawthorns and he will be hoping to progress further than U21 level. He also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.

So there we have it. Prediction is never a good idea, especially in football.

Despite that I am going to predict the England team for the 2018 World Cup. Here goes: Jack Butland, Andre Wisdom, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley, Will Hughes, Theo Walcott, Saido Berahino and Raheem Sterling.

So save this link and feel free to make fun of my selections for 2018 in six years time!!

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