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England Potential Starting XI: Brazil 2014

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The formation: 4-3-2-1.

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

The Man City shot stopper has had a wobbly season, slipping up on occasion, but he is undoubtedly the best English keeper. However, Ben Foster will most likely accompany him if he is fit at the time. Fraser Forster is not yet ready for the colossal event of the World Cup.

Right Back: Kyle Walker

Although the young man is inexperienced, his pace and skill make up for that. Despite his age, he plays a very mature game, and he will most definitely claim his spot on the trip.

Left Back: Leighton Baines

The Everton star-man has eclipsed Ashley Cole this season, and his current run of form should see him preferred. However, Cole, who has been displaced from the Chelsea squad by Cesar Azpilicueta this season, will also get a place on the plane.

Centre Backs: Phil Jagielka & Gary Cahill

The Everton and Chelsea partnership have been unstoppable this season, and if both of them maintain their fine form, it should see them both making the squad for Brazil.

Centre Midfield: Steven Gerrard (C)

The Liverpool star has recently attained captaincy of the national squad, and his orchestrating play will prove vital for the Lions if they wish to succeed. However, he will face fierce competition from his Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson, who is arguably one of the most in-form players in the Premier League currently.

Right Midfield: Andros Townsend 

The rapid winger has been in good form for the Tottenham this season, but is threatened by Aaron Lennon (in decent form), James Milner (who is playing quite well at the moment) and Wilfried Zaha will perhaps join them, depending on whether he flourishes at his temporary club: Cardiff. 

Left Midfield: Raheem Sterling

This position draws a variety of candidates, and three outstanding players emerge: Sterling, Ashley Young and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It is most likely two of them will be brought, but with Oxlade-Chamberlain capable of adapting to a central role, it is plausible that all three will get a seat on the plane. 

Attacking Midfielders: Wayne Rooney & Adam Lallana

Rooney's spot is perhaps the most safe, as he is probably England's best player. Adam Lallana on the other hand will perhaps be considered as a shock inclusion, but the Southampton captain has been outstanding this season and I think he merits his spot in the squad. However, youngster Barkley has impressed this season.

Striker: Daniel Sturridge.

Part of the the lethal strike force which has seen the rise of Liverpool, he has been utterly incredible this season. Other England strikers that I think will accompany him are Danny Welbeck, and Jay Rodriguez (who has been a prolific talisman for Southampton this season.) Jermain Defoe is also another potential player, but his move to Canada might have condemned his opportunity. 

The Full Squad (23): 1.Hart, 2.Foster, 3.Walker, 4.Jagielka, 5.Cahill, 6.Baines, 7.Terry 8.Cole. 9.Gerrard, 10.Henderson, 11.Lallana, 12.Rooney 13.Lampard 14.Townsend 15.Sterling, 16.Young, 17.Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18.Sturridge, 19.Welbeck, 20.Defoe, 21.Barkley, 22.Lennon, 23.Milner.

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