With the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro just 101 days away, many English players are working hard to ensure a place on the plane for the 2014 tournament.
There are positions we have an idea of who will be filling them however changes in form and stars emerging throughout the rest of the season could see players rise that we wouldn’t have expected.
Here I’m looking at four wingers who will all be competing for spots on the plane in June.
The 26-year-old could be an outsider if he can put in consistent performances from now until the end of the season. Lennon has always been known for his incredible pace and the ability to beat defenders. Unfortunately his final product has always been his downfall which is one of the reasons he hasn’t featured regularly on the International scene.
He has made 21-appearances for England including World Cup games at Germany in 2010 but hasn’t played for over a year now since the friendly in February 2013 against Brazil.
The Leeds-born winger hasn’t set the Premier League on fire this season with his form. He has one goal and one assist in 19 games so with the remaining matches he will need to show England Manager Roy Hodgson that he has got what it takes if he is to break into the squad.
Andros Townsend is another Spurs winger who will be looking to go to the World Cup. This season has seen the 22-year-old given a chance in the Tottenham side after nine-loan spells before finally breaking into the first-team. His performances led to him getting his first England call-up in September 2013 and scoring his first goal on debut in a 4-1 win against Montenegro with a low-swerving effort.
Townsend who is a product of Spurs’ academy has played 18 times in the League this season scoring once but is yet to provide an assist. The statistics don’t do his performances justice though as his efforts earned him a call-up and he will be looking for that consistency to keep his place in the squad.
With Liverpool’s stunning season so far, much of the praise has gone to their strike force of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. Without doubt Raheem Sterling also deserves the plaudits after recapturing the form he showed at the start of last season which saw him get called-up for his only England senior appearance.
The 19-year-old tricky winger has six goals and three assists this Premier League season and has been involved heavily with some top class performances which has seen the Reds break back into the top-four. Sterling probably wasn’t in many people’s thoughts before this campaign however he will certainly be in them now.
The Ox as he is known has had a very frustrating season with injuries which has halted his progress this year. Oxlade-Chamberlain can play on the right and in the middle meaning we are yet to find out where his preferred position will be. The Portsmouth-born Arsenal player has played 8 times in the League scoring twice and assisting with one as Arsenal have mounted a serious title charge.
In regards to his England experience, he has been in and around the team for two years now including a major tournament debut against France during Euro 2012. He has scored three goals in 13 games including the equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Brazil at the Maracana last summer.
Who will be playing on the flanks for England at the 2014 World Cup is still to be decided. Injuries and form are going to play a big part in the selection but we certainly know we have healthy options available.
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