England players took part in their final audition to be on the plane to Brazil in their friendly international with Denmark. This leaves England boss Roy Hodgson with many questions surrounding him, as players continue to perform well for club and country.

Since Roy Hodgson took over as England manager in 2012, 57 different players have been involved in the squad in 25 international games. Only 23 can go to the World Cup finals.

Here we take a look at who we think should be on the plane to Brazil in the summer.


With Manchester City man Joe Hart a definite; it’s the back-up ‘keepers who are eager to at least be a part of the World Cup squad.

Fraser Forster and John Ruddy have only made one appearance for England in their respectable careers, but remain the most likely back-ups to Hart. However, with six caps to his name, West Brom stopper Ben Foster could be set to make a late surge to earn a place in the squad. Some may argue that Foster is better than Ruddy or more experienced for that matter.


Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Glen Johnson, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Kyle Walker have surely secured their place in the World Cup squad.

However, there are many uncertainties, especially in the full-back positions, where England are particularly strong in. Ashley Cole has been pressurised for his left-back spot by Luke Shaw and Kieran Gibbs; who have both been vital for their clubs success this season.

Other young, promising Southampton full-backs include Nathaniel Clyne and Calum Chambers; who have both put in good performances for the Saints. Not to forget centre-backs Steven Caulker, Michael Dawson and experienced international Joleon Lescott. But, the last five names are increasingly unlikely.


There are many midfield players giving Hodgson a selection headache ahead of the World Cup. Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere are arguably the only players guaranteed for a spot in the squad.

However, the Arsenal player was ruled out for six weeks with an ankle ligament injury, giving him a smaller amount of time to prepare for the World Cup than he previously hoped for.

Adam Lallana strengthened his almost certain World Cup spot, providing the assist for England’s only goal against Denmark on March 5.

He has dazzled for Southampton this season and provides England with that well needed inch of creativity, balance and pure quality; which every team needs to win games. Michael Carrick, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling and Andros Townsend are debatably almost on the plane to Brazil.

Jordan Henderson, Tom Cleverley, James Milner, Ross Barkley and veteran Frank Lampard all face an apprehensive wait to decide their fate. Not to forget Gareth Barry and Adam Johnson; who have both put in terrific performances for their club sides this season.


England aren't particularly strong when it comes to strikers. But with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge, and the ability of midfielders able to operate out wide when going forward, teams should be fearful.

These two prominent and high-flying forwards continue to deliver for their clubs and will no doubt be the spearhead of England’s attack in the summer. As for Manchester United man Danny Welbeck, he has significantly improved his goalscoring touch this season and is considered to be an England regular when it comes to call-ups. He has 21 caps to his name at just 23 years of age.

Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert, Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll face a nervy wait before Hodgson’s squad selection. All they can do is continue delivering for their respective club sides in order to seize a dream spot in the World Cup 2014.

Who will be on their way to South America in June?

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