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England: Who should go to the World Cup?

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Hodgson has choices to make. (©GettyImages)
Hodgson has choices to make. (©GettyImages).

The World Cup in Brazil is only around the corner. Who is likely to be on the plane to the finals as part of England's 23-man squad?

The current England squad is a mix of experienced senior players with caps in abundance and players who have only just broken into their club sides.

So, what does Roy Hodgson's need to take into account when selecting the side? Climate? The opposition sides drawn with England? Or is there a bigger picture that needs to be taken into account?

It has been a strange season as far as i'm concerned when it comes the Premier League. Manchester United are not at the summit, Jose Mourinho is relatively quiet in press conferences compared to his first reign in charge of Chelsea and Arsene Wenger actually spent some cash.

At the start of the season, any football fan worth his salt would have said Joe Hart would be in the form of his life - but this hasn't been the case. Hart was dropped from the Manchester City starting 11 having made several blunders.

No doubt this man will be in Brazil though as there is such a gulf between him and anyone likely to challenge him for the jersey. Fraser Forster is the only serious contender for the number one spot and is therefore likely to play second fiddle to Hart.

England's backline has never really recovered from the loss of Rio Ferdinand and Mr Chelsea himself, John Terry. Gary Cahill is in form at Chelsea at present whereas Ashley Cole has sometimes looked on from the sidelines.

Leighton Baines has been consistently impressive at Everton, whereas teen sensation Luke Shaw has earned plaudits for his performances, which has led to him being tipped with a big money transfer to a top four side. Glen Johnson is in the form of his life at title chasing Liverpool but Kyle Walker doesn't appear to have improved over the last two seasons.

Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are solid centre-halves but can they cut it against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi & Neymar?

As for the midfield, it's all change. Steven Gerrard & Frank Lampard are ageing, but albeit still putting in good shifts week in and week out. But the old guard need to make way as a new breed is on the horizon.

The likes of Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana are already showing why there is so much interest them, while the likes of Andros Townsend, Ravel Morrison and Jordan Henderson are all waving their arms around saying pick me. You can't forget that Jack Wilshere has also been delivering the goods at the Emirates Stadium.

Last but not least, the spearhead of the attack. Wayne Rooney is a certainty, as is the prolific Daniel Sturridge. But where does depth lie after this? Jermain Defoe can't get a start for love nor money at Spurs, which is strange considering  Roberto Soldado couldn't hit a barn door whilst driving a car towards it.

Rickie Lambert has shown he knows where the back of the net is but a Word Cup quality striker? I think not. So let's take a gamble on the likes of Saido Berahino or Raheem Sterling.

The message is simple, we need to invest in the future and there is no better answer than to take a few of the kids out to Brazil for the experience.

Predicted England World Cup squad:

GK - Hart & Forster

Def- Baines, Shaw, G.Johnson, Walker, P.Jones, Smalling, Cahill & Jagielka

Mid- Carrick, A.Townsend, Lallana, Lampard, Gerrard, Wilshere, Milner, Barkley & Morrison

Fwd - Rooney, Sturridge, Berahino & Walcott

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