The England squad for the World Cup is nowhere near decided yet. However, most England fans can take a educated guess at who will make up the starting XI. But who is in contention for the remaining seats on the plane?

Here is an alternative England XI who could end up flying to the World Cup...

Goalkeeper- Fraser Forster

The Celtic 'keeper has been in excellent form this season. Currently, he is on a run of 12 consecutive clean sheets, only 31 minutes away from setting a new Scottish League record. His debut performance won't have Jose Hart too worried about losing his place in the starting XI, but Forster has played consistently well throughout the season. At the moment, he is a much better option than John Ruddy, Ben Foster and Jack Butland.

Defenders - Steven Caulker, Luke Shaw and Ryan Shawcross

Steven Caulker has been a revelation for Cardiff. Whilst his team is in danger of relegation, Caulker has been the standout performer. He has been involved in every game this season, has kept six clean sheets and has scored two goals this season, including one against fierce rivals Swansea. Caulker has already made his debut for England and scored for the Three Lions as well.

One of Southampton's prized assets, Luke Shaw has excelled since his introduction to the first team in 2012. The World Cup could be an excellent stage for the 18-year-old to show his full potential. He would have competition for a place with Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole, but would be a more than adequate back-up to have in the squad.

Stoke's Ryan Shawcross is probably the most unlikely to end up going to Brazil. Shawcross had proved over the last couple of seasons that he is a quality defender and developed consistently. The no-nonsense defender could add some strength into the back line and at 26, this could be his best chance of making a World Cup squad.

Midfielders - Kevin Nolan, Steve Sidwell, Gareth Barry, Leon Osman and Adam Johnson.

How Kevin Nolan hasn't received an England cap is incredible as he is one of the most consistent English midfielders over the last decade, alongside Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

First at Bolton, now at West Ham, Nolan has proved invaluable. His willingness to cover every blade across the pitch, throw himself at the ball at both ends of the park and his passing ability make him one of the greatest English players never to win a cap. Brazil should be Nolan's chance to make amends for this.

Another ageing midfielder who has had a remarkable season is Steve Sidwell. Aged 31, he may be passed his prime, but the energy that he gives to the team is second to none.

Sidwell has featured in every game for Fulham, playing consistently well. He has seven goals this season, include some stunning efforts. A risky choice, but one that is certain to give 100% effort for the team.

Gareth Barry has had a great season. His loan move from Manchester City has been beneficial for both Everton and Barry. He has been key to Everton's push for the top four, and with this, is surely being considered as a possibility to go to Brazil. Having similar players also in contention may mean he gets overlooked which would be a great shame.

Teammate Leon Osman has also had a stand-out season. His importance to the team is very often overlooked as other players take the plaudits. This season, Osman has stood out and is now getting the credit he deserves. He is a strong addition to any squad and would be a more than worthy back-up option.

This season's surprise package has been Adam Johnson. The winger has been a fantastic return to form since moving to the Stadium of Light. Scoring nine goals this season, Johnson has propelled himself into Roy Hodgson's plans.

With Jordan Henderson excelling at Liverpool and Adam Lallana impressing at Southampton, there is the possibility that Johnson may be unfortunate and not make the squad. Despite this, if he can continue his scoring form, he may force Hodgson's hand.

Forwards - Jay Rodriguez and Wilfried Zaha

Rodriguez has had an excellent season and he has bagged 10 goals so far. If teams were selected on statistics alone, Rodriguez would be certain of a place in the starting XI.

Unfortunately, teams aren't and Rodriguez isn't. He is the second top English goalscorer this season, scoring at a rate of 0.38 goals per game. With Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge certain to make the team, barring injury, Rodriguez may have to do with a place on the bench. He has proved more consistent than Danny Welbeck and that should hand him the fourth striker-spot on the plane.

Manchester United youngster Wilfried Zaha has had a difficult start to his career at Old Trafford. His loan move to Cardiff has reignited his chances of making the plane to Brazil.

The nippy winger adds a different element to the squad with his tricks and flicks, which could be beneficial to have if things aren't going England's way. He may not be an striker by nature, but his electric pace and quick feet put pressure on the opponent defence. Zaha is a risk but one that is worth taking.

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