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England: 5 potential surprise World Cup picks

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Will Adam Johnson be booking his ticket for Brazil? (©GettyImages)
Will Adam Johnson be booking his ticket for Brazil? (©GettyImages).

Here are five surprise choices who could go to the 2014 World Cup with England this summer...

Adam Johnson - Sunderland

After his move to Sunderland after becoming surplus to requirements at Manchester City, there were big expectations on the shoulders of Adam Johnson. However, up until now he has failed to deliver.

Johnson's inconsistent play meant that he only managed a miserly five goals in 39 games throughout the 2012/13 season. His poor form continued at the start of the 2013/14 season under the rather tyrannical regime of Italian manager Paolo Di Canio and he continued to disappoint.

Recently, however, under the great leadership of former Brighton boss Gustavo Poyet, Johnson has found a new lease of life and has had a massive influence in numerous crucial games.

Examples include the 4-1 win over Fulham where Johnson bagged himself a hat trick, the 2-2 draw with Southampton where he scored a goal in the amazing comeback and of course a goal in the Tyne-Wear derby where Sunderland demolished a troubled Newcastle side 3-0.

Surpassing his goals tally last season with 9 in 29 so far this season, the sky's the limit for Johnson and he is a serious contender for Brazil.

Jay Rodriguez - Southampton

With the fantastic season Rodriguez has had with the high-flying Saints, many would expect him to be an automatic pick for the World Cup finals this summer. Yet, the reality is that he isn't.

Roy Hodgson is surely likely to go for Andy Carroll, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge in his World Cup squad, potentially leaving Rodriguez completely out of the equation.

Rodriguez was handed a start against Chile in the International friendlies, but failed to impress and that could've been his last chance to prove himself to Hodgson. After scoring an impressive 12 goals in 29 appearances this season for Southampton, Rodriguez has outscored Defoe, Carroll, Welbeck and even fellow Saint Lambert and should seriously be considered for Brazil.

If Rodriguez manages 15+ goals by the end of the season then who knows?

Curtis Davies - Hull City

Staying up after being promoted is always a very difficult task and with the Premier League getting more competitive by the day, signings are crucial in the summer. Some turned their heads in confusion after the Hull's signing of Curtis Davies from Birmingham City.

Davies has proved all of his doubters wrong with some rock solid performances in the heart of defence this season for Hull City. Playing in a position where recognition is rare, Davies has put in many match-winning performances for Hull and has been superior to many defenders currently in the England squad.

The likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have not been in their best form this season, but continue to be picked for the English squad. This then brings in another argument of why don't England select players from the slightly 'smaller' teams? (no disrespect intended).

Surely if Davies consistently continues his amazing form until the end of the season and manages to keep Hull City up in the Premier League, then he could challenge Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka for a place in the side.

Steven Caulker - Cardiff City

Young centre-half Steven Caulker was tipped to be a Tottenham regular in the future and maybe even captain. Instead, former manager Andre Villas-Boas decided that Caulker was surplus to requirements and decided to move him on to Cardiff City, who were in need of defensive reinforcements to boost their attempt to stay up in the Premier League this season.

Caulker has not failed to impress in Cardiff as well and has been made captain on several occasions this season. His composure on the ball has been widely recognised and Caulker has already represented England in their 4-2 defeat to Sweden.

Caulker is the more likely to represent England in the World Cup than Davies just because of his young age and because he has played for a 'top club' before. 

Like Davies, Caulker can prove his worth to Hodgson by continuing his excellent run of form, and possibly could be on the plane to Brazil

WIlfried Zaha - Cardiff City (on loan from Manchester United)

After securing a dream move to Manchester United, Wilfried Zaha's career was set up to be a fantastic one at Old Trafford. However, his dream suddenly turned into a nightmare as David Moyes repeatedly left him out of the matchday squad let alone the starting line up.

Struggling for game time this season with only two Premier League appearances, it was clear Zaha had to continue his trade elsewhere, even if it was temporarily. Several clubs were reportedly interested in snapping up his services, but it was Cardiff who prevailed.

His debut at the weekend showed what Zaha is capable of. Coming on as a substitute in the first half with his side1-0 down, Zaha inspired Cardiff to a comeback with an assist and an eye-catching display, with Cardiff ending up winning 2-1.

Zaha's inclusion on this list may have been met with complete shock, but he is extremely capable and is clearly admired by Hodgson. If Zaha has an exceptional second half to the season, could Hodgson be tempted in calling Zaha up for the World Cup?

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Maxi Rodriguez
Jay Rodriguez
Steven Caulker
Wilfried Zaha
Curtis Davies
Adam Johnson
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