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Top five: Players who didn't deserve England call-ups

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Johnson has been hampered by injury this season (©GettyImages)
Johnson has been hampered by injury this season (©GettyImages).

4. Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson is one of the best attacking full-backs in the Premier League.

Defensively, however, he looks susceptible and in an England team which is likely to spend most of its time on the back foot against the attacking prowess of Uruguay and Italy, defensive solidity is vital.

Furthermore, injuries have limited Johnson's game time this season so he has had little chance to make an impact.

Admittedly he has turned in a few impressive performances in the  past and is a player Hodgson has trusted so I can fully understand his inclusion.

For this friendly at the very least, though, I was hoping that Hodgson would be brave and give a chance to a different face, particularly in light of the erratic displays Kyle Walker has produced of late.

I would have no qualms if both of these men end up on the plane to Brazil, but think it would be unwise not to even assess other options, as both are fragile defensively.

A more solid figure would perhaps be Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne or Crystal Palace's Joel Ward, who also possesses versatility - vital in a limited World Cup squad.

John Flanagan has also been impressive for Liverpool in Johnson's absence and may be worth a punt (he is also eligible for Republic of Ireland, so Roy must move fast if he sees him as part of England's future).

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