With the World Cup in Brazil getting closer and closer every minute, England manager Roy Hodgson will have a headache choosing who to take to the South American country.
There are, of course, the necessary and obvious choices already in mind - but who are the new or less obvious choices that may need to be put under serious consideration?
Youngsters across the Premier League have really outdone themselves, already meriting their place as a starter for their club and even with a few England caps under their belt, while some have made major improvements and are still on the uprise with no telling how capable they may be in a couple of months.
Starting with the already very capable - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has already impressed for Arsenal despite only recently coming back from a lengthy four and a half month lay off. Scoring a brace in his first start since returning, he played a holding-midfield role against Crystal Palace. This only proves sheer talent when anyone has the versatility to play multiple positions in an accomplished manner, never mind winger/holding central and being so young at only 20.
On the subject of versatility, Jordan Henderson has never proved himself more than this current season. Most people are familiar with the appalling start he made to his Liverpool career, but since then he has only grown as a player and sky-rocketed in form to be one of the key players for the Reds. With the ability to play anywhere in midfield very convincingly and attitude that can drive on his peers, he would provide only pure reliability.
Staying in the red half of Merseyside, another youngster that has really taken the Premiership by storm this season is Raheem Sterling. Lightning pace, ridiculous agility and the ability to give any of the highest quality defenders a nightmare - he has been providing assists and goals in a very handsome amount for a winger, bearing in mind he is still only 19.
Moving over to the blue half is a very talented 20 year old Ross Barkley. Being a major key player for Everton this season, he has been a reliable source of chances with his high-end playmaking and is even contributing the odd goal. Very comfortable on the ball and the vision to pick out whoever he wants on the pitch, he could be a fresh pair of legs to sub on in the latter stages of a match.
There are also the players that have made huge improvements and are really enjoying a good campaign, but may needed to be put under slightly more consideration; such as Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Jonjo Shelvey and Ravel Morrison.
Now there are players that have shone for their clubs and being the less obvious choices - some may disagree, but this season they have been near-flawless and really do deserve a look in.
With Malky Mackay gone and Cardiff struggling to overcome any team after such a good start to the season, there has been one consistent and strong performer: Steven Caulker. Being a tireless worker that never gives up and solidly built with good speed, he is a brick wall to get past. As well as this, he is dangerous from corners by chipping in with the odd goal, proven by the fact he has only ever had one cap for England and scored in that appearance.
Another center-back that has also had a great season is Hull City's Curtis Davies. A very similar case to that of Caulker's, he is a very reliable and strong defender. With the awareness of where to place himself and the pure consistency that only quality provides, if he ever had a campaign that proved he deserved a call up - it's definitely this one.
One that a lot of people are suggesting is Sunderland winger Adam Johnson. Six goals and two assists in only four appearances, it seems he is returning to his old ways. Already with England experience he could fit right back into a similar looking team, only this time providing the danger he knows he can exert.
Again, similar to the previous case, this one is another winger that is enjoying a good season and has had England experience - although very little. Gabby Agbonlahor was in a bit of a slump the last couple seasons, but this year has hit heights he was once at. With his manager even stating on his day Gabby is unplayable, he really is a handful when the fighting spirit is engaged. Scoring goals and providing plenty of assists for Aston Villa, he has a certain flair that England will be missing out on with Theo Walcott injured, could he be the replacement?
Finally, people were suggesting Roy Hodgson has to convince John Terry to come out of international retirement and play alongside Gary Cahill to form the formidable defence they have forged for Chelsea - I do not agree with this.
As much as I agree that would be a fantastic defence to take to Brazil, this is more of an opportunity for one of the previously mentioned defenders to step up and prove themselves.
This way is a more secure future for the defence of England, developing and playing the younger or lesser played - always better than a quick fix.
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