Reputation or form?
Between now and the end of the season, some squad player or a complete outsider like
Adam Johnson is going to go on a run of form that could put him in the starting XI.
The question for Hodgson, then, is whether he harnesses someone's purple patch and gives them a World Cup berth or whether he sticks with the same faces that served him well in qualifying.
It's a tough choice but it is always nice to have a joker in the pack that can do something surprising. Hodgson could do worse than pick at least one surprise selection.