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Many have tipped England to not reach the knockout rounds of the World Cup this summer after they were drawn into a tough group with Costa Rica, Uruguay and Italy.

With Roy Hodgson yet to release his 23-man squad, many have been predicting that with Liverpool's Englishmen spearing their title challenge that not only will they all go, that they will carry the team forward in difficult matches. Steven Gerrard especially pulling the strings in midfield with Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend making darting runs from the middle of the park.

The ongoing battle for the left-back spot is gaining speed in the closing stages of the Premier League. Despite Ashley Cole's staggering number of caps and his experience many are tipping up-and-coming Luke Shaw to snatch that spot with Leighton Baines.

However, that bit of experience may be useful to Hodgson. After all, Cole has been there and done nearly everything in European football, and no doubt been England's best left-back for the past ten years.

You wouldn't expect anyone to knock Gary Cahill or Phil Jagielka out of their spaces. And many couldn't think of any other Right Back in better form than Glen Johnson at the moment. His marauding runs from further back and link-up play with Sterling will be crucial. 

Of course, players like Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, (If he's fit) Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck you would imagine would make the cut leaving a few spaces still with question marks over them. Rickie Lambert or Andy Carroll? Tom Huddlestone or Tom Cleverly?

Lots of fans have made their feelings towards Tom Cleverly heard. With the midfielder coming under scrutiny recently after a run of poor performances and many asking the question why he plays for Manchester United. Or in some cases why he plays professional football. However, his ball retention could be something Hodgson is looking for in the heat of the Brazilian summer.

It's refreshing to see English players spearheading a team's Premier League challenge and they could prove to be successful at the end of the season. In which case, you'd think that Hodgson would have to make use of the tactics that Brendan Rogers has implemented in his team using players like Johnson, Gerrard, Sterling, Henderson and Sturridge.

And of course if that isn't enough firepower, Roy Hodgson could always throw on Frank Lampard who will always find the net in crucial matches.

With the forever-energetic Wayne Rooney, the magic of Steven Gerrard, the prowess of Sturridge, the stability of Cahill and the occasional save from Joe Hart in goal, you would have to think England have the chance to progress past the group stages.

Maybe even reaching the final, who knows? Only time will tell and the Three Lions will be hoping to get a result in the opening match against Italy, which may stand them in a good position to qualify for the next round if they do.

England's World Cup kicks off on June 14 2014 against Italy in the Arena Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil.


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