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England 1-0 Denmark: 5 things we learned

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England beat Denmark 1-0 at Wembley on Wednesday, but manager Roy Hodgson still has a lot to consider with the World Cup less than 100 days away.

So, with that in mind; what have we learned from the display?

1) A selection dilemma - Who will he pick?

It's probably the best situation he could be in. Hodgson is going to have a few nightmares ahead of him yet although for all for the right reasons.

The players who started the game against Denmark on Wednesday probably have a better chance of boarding the plane in June but you just don't know what Hodgson is thinking.

I mean, there were also many injured players that didn't make Wednesday's match - Phil Jones and Kyle Walker to name just two. There were a few others, who, if they carry on their form, could make the trip. Adam Johnson and Gareth Barry both missed out this time, but you'd think they still have some chance if their form continues.   

2) Age or youth? 

It was very surprising that Frank Lampard was left out England's squad to face Denmark, which ultimately puts his World Cup place in severe doubt. But who's better? The experienced players or the newbies?

Well, Steven Gerrard has to go and realistically so does Lampard even if he stars as a substitute this time. But I think that a player who is barely playing such as Ashley Cole shouldn't be called-up (baring in mind that this could all easily change). Anything can happen.

As Roy says, a mixture of the two would be brilliant. If we are to do well then I reckon we need the right balance.

3) Wayne Rooney's got back-up in Sturridge

At last somebody has finally been found to partner the excellent Rooney.

Sturridge perhaps didn't impress on Wednesday but it would be no surprise if we were to see him in South America come June. For years we've been looking for somebody to shine up front alongside Rooney.

Jermain Defoe had his time on the main stage, Rickie Lambert remains in-and-out, Andy Carroll hasn't played enough and Peter Crouch did quite well. But none have particularly stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.

There are other youngsters, but they haven't risen either and only one or two will be invested in by Hodgson. Can Sturridge be the man to shine?

4) Sterling, Shaw, Lallana - England's great hopes?

It was clearly apparent against Denmark that these three in particular offer England a new dimension which has never been discovered before.

Sterling, with all his impetus, was a real star for the Three Lions, especially when the rest of the team struggled.

Lallana, likewise, did exactly what he's been doing for Southampton all season. He provided the assist for the goal and really proved what Hodgson's men would be missing without him.

And Shaw, well he's just a marvel. At 18-years-old, Shaw had a really good debut against Denmark providing crosses and pace whilst standing firm defensively. Shaw may not make the World Cup, but he certainly has a bright future ahead of him at international level.

5) Unfortunately, England won't win the World Cup

I'm sorry to say, but optimism is probably all we have come the World Cup in June. No matter what Hodgson says, I don't think it is going to happen. It's been a good few years now since 1966 and we need some silverware. But judging on performances  and taking into account previous games, I think by saying we can win we are only kidding ourselves.

I suppose, you never know and I shouldn't really say it but personally I really cannot see England lifting the trophy.

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