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England: Potential 2014 World Cup squad based on stats

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Get your head around this one Roy. (©GettyImages)
Get your head around this one Roy. (©GettyImages).

If statistics decided who would make it into England's World Cup squads, which players would make the cut?

Goalkeeper

John Ruddy - Norwich

Apps: 26     Saves:89     Clean Sheets: 9

If it all came down to the stats then the Norwich stopper would be England's number one.

The 27-year-old has made a very respectable 3.42 saves per match, compared with second placed Joe Hart's measly three per match.

Of course you could question how much of this comes down to defence, but given that Manchester City are currently employing a formation of 0-0-10, I would say credit still goes to Ruddy.

Most likely first choice: Joe Hart - Manchester City

Right-back

Kyle Walker - Tottenham Hotspur

Appearances: 25     Clean Sheets: 10     Blocks: 6     Clearances: 83     Crosses: 82

The 23-year-old is by far the stand-out right-back for England in the game of stats and realistically for the actual squad as well.

Glen Johnson's absence for Liverpool has only helped Walker by the favourite for the spot, but with 10 clean sheets, 83 clearances, 6 blocks, 82 crosses, and 3 assists (admittedly, that last one should be higher, but we'll lay the blame on the spurs strikers for England's sake), Walker is making the position his own.

Most likely first choice: Kyle Walker - Tottenham Hotspur

Centre-backs

John Terry - Chelsea

Appearances: 24     Clean Sheets: 10    Blocks: 18    Clearances: 196

Michel Dawson - Tottenham Hotspur

Appearances: 25     Clean Sheets: 10    Blocks: 18    Clearances: 223

With a total of 20 clean sheets between them, this pair seem England's best hope; however, neither will realistically be first choice. With Hodgson seemingly already set on Cahill and Jagielka, and with him confirming there is no return for JT, it is all Dawson can hope for to be on the plane.

Most likely first choice: Gary Cahill - Chelsea & Phil Jagielka - Everton

Left-back

Luke Shaw - Southampton

Appearances: 23     Clean Sheets: 9     Blocks: 4     Clearances: 92     Crosses: 90

The 18-year-old is certainly considered one for the future, but is also managing to do the job at the top level now.

With Ashley Cole not considered first choice for Chelsea anymore, he is definitely Leighton Baines closest rival, but this world cup might just come a little to early for Shaw.

Looking at the stats, however, Shaw has managed the same amount of crosses and one more assist then Baines. Add to this Baines only has 7 clean sheets, and 49 clearances, It is maybe a reminder that they youngster might be able to be considered for a first choice slot.

Most likely first choice: Leighton Baines - Everton

Midfield

Steven Gerrard - Liverpool

Appearances: 22     Goals: 7     Shots: 36     Assists: 10     Blocks: 11     Clearances: 62

Jordan Henderson - Liverpool

Appearances: 26     Goals: 2     Shots: 33     Assists: 6     Blocks: 11     Clearances: 64

Gareth Barry - Everton

Appearances: 20     Goals: 3     Shots: 11     Assists: 3     Blocks: 8     Clearances: 56

Adam Lallana - Southampton

Appearances: 26     Goals: 8     Shots: 30     Assists: 4     Crosses: 97    

The statistical analysis of English midfielders reveal a good balance of players.

Although there is a great deal of natural width that Roy Hodgson will probably choose, all of these players face a great chance of getting to Brazil. Lallana very much impressed during his first two caps, and Barry has looked a revitalised player under Martinez.

As has Jordan Henderson at Liverpool, who is enjoying a great season, While the one guaranteed starter is England Captain Steven Gerrard whose stats stick out the most out of everyone.

Most likely first choice: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), James Milner (Man City) and with Walcott's injury your guess is as good as mine.

Forwards

Wayne Rooney - Manchester United

Appearances: 21     Goals: 11     Shots: 74     Assists: 14     Crosses: 98

Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool

Appearances: 18     Goals: 19     Shots: 67     Assists: 4     Crosses: 15

The perfect match-up of goals and assists to lead the England line in Brazil. Also the most likely partnership come the world cup barring injury, can't imagine anyone else starting up front. No one else comes close in terms of stats or genuine quality.

Most likely first choice: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) and Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)


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