England, in recent years, had become a team composed of players solely from three or four teams. Usually the bulk of the players have come from teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
However, there is still an enormous amount of talent from the other teams and the purpose of this article is to show that there can be an England starting-XI built up of eleven different teams...
Joe Hart |Goalkeeper | Manchester City |
Joe Hart is the current, undisputed England number one. The 26-year-old from Shrewsbury has represented the Three Lions 38 times since making his debut for them in 2010.
This season, the 6ft 3ins Hart has appeared 17 times in the Premier League and made 48 saves, keeping five clean sheets along the way. He is England’s best option between the sticks.
Kyle Walker| Right-back | Tottenham |
Playing at right-back is Tottenham Hotspur's 23-year-old first-choice right-back Walker. In recent times, he has found himself as the Three Lions' first-choice ahead of the likes of Micah Richards, Carl Jenkinson and Glen Johnson.
He has represented England 10 times since 2011, with six of those appearances coming in 2013, in comparison to Glen Johnson who made four in the same year. Walker has an 82.4% pass completion rate and makes at least 1.5 crucial passes per Premier League game.
John Terry | Centre-back | Chelsea |
The 33-year-old former England captain is England’s best centre-back. Although he announced his international retirement in 2012 following a dispute with the FA, he still remains a stalwart in the Premier League.
Rejuvenated under Jose Mourinho’s management, the London-born Terry has made 196
clearances in his 24 Premier League appearances this season.
Mike Williamson| Centre-back | Newcastle United
Although maybe the least-talented member of this England XI he – until recently - has been in stellar form this season, appearing in nine of Newcastle’s Premier League victories this term.
His career seemed to be at a standstill during the summer transfer window, when Newcastle openly sought to find a replacement for him. However, with an injury to Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbwia struggling to find form, the 30-year-old has cemented a place in the Geordie-XI.
Leighton Baines | Left-back | Everton
The Evertonian free-kick specialist has in the last two-years became one of the finest left-backs in Europe. The one-time Wigan player was subject to an unsuccessful transfer bid from the 2012/13 Premier League Champions Manchester United in the summer – but Everton turned down the bid and now they are flying.
Adam Lallana | Right-midfield | Southampton
The 25-year-old Lallana is often described as ‘The one who didn’t get away’ by Southampton fans; he came through the renowned Saints academy with the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Nathan Dyer.
From his 23 appearances this term Lallana, has managed seven goals from 42 shots on goal.
Steven Gerrard | Central-midfield | Liverpool
The Liverpool-born Gerrard has been a main stay in the Liverpool and England XI for over a decade now. The 33-year old has won countless medals in his time at Liverpool; ranging from the League Cup to the UEFA Champions League.
However, one title eludes the England captain and that is the Premier League title – he came closest to this honour in 2008/09 season where Liverpool finished four points behind bitter rivals Manchester United.
With 108 caps for the Three Lions, Gerrard should eclipse the England outfield record following Brazil 14.
Jack Wilshere | Centre-Midfield | Arsenal
The one-time Bolton loanee Wilshere has been heralded as ‘a future England captain’ by fans and pundits. The 22-year-old has remained loyal to his beloved Arsenal. This season, the Arsenal number 10 has averaged 48.5 passes per Premier League game, assisting four goals from 16 games.
If he avoids injury consistently he can only become better and live up to his potential on the
international scene – which is in doubt the reason for his mere 14 England caps since 2010.
Adam Johnson | Left-Midfield | Sunderland
Johnson burst onto the international-scene in 2010, following England’s disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa. The 26-year-old netted twice in his first four games and he was dubbed as the next big English talent.
However, he could not hold down a place in the mega-rich Manchester City XI and he subsequently lost his place in the England team, behind the likes of Theo Walcott, Ashley Young and more recently Lallana.
However, following his resurgent form at the Black Cats and the season-ending injury Walcott, Johnson may have booked his place to Rio.
Wayne Rooney | Striker | Manchester United
The 28-year-old Manchester United striker is without a doubt the best England has to offer in relation to home-grown talent. The Mersey-born Rooney began his career at Everton, making his Premier League debut aged 16 in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
He went on to become Everton’s youngest ever goal-scorer when he netted twice against Wrexham in a league-cup tie. In 2004 Rooney joined Manchester United and his career has flourished from there
Picking up five Premier League titles, two League Cups, three Community Shields, one Champions League title and one FIFA Club World Cup. With 38 goals in 88 International appearances, the Red Devil is well on his way to surpassing the England scoring record currently held by former United player Sir. Bobby Charlton with 49 goals from 106 appearances.
Andy Carroll | Striker | West Ham
The ex-Newcastle United-man was once heralded as the next Alan Shearer by Magpies fans, however this comparison was short-lived as he became the most expensive English-player ever following his £35m transfer to Liverpool in the January transfer window of 2011.
Although he had a high price-tag around his neck, the Geordie-born striker failed to deliver for the Reds – managing only four goals in 37 games. He was then loaned out to West
Ham where his career found a second-wind – netting seven goals and assisting
four goals in 24 appearances.
Although, Carroll has not made an appearance for England since 2012 – he still has undoubted ability.
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