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England will struggle to make quarter-finals in Brazil

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Squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Brom), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka (both Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones, Chris Smalling (both Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling (all Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere (both Arsenal).

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

Fixtures

June 14 v Italy (Manaus)

June 19 v Uruguay (Sao Paulo)

June 24 v Costa Rica (Belo Horizonte)

Strengths

Roy Hodgson has injected the side with a good dose of youth in the form of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, and Luke Shaw. All have had impressive seasons and should prevent the squad's momentum going stale. With an experienced core and quick youth out wide, England might have struck the perfect balance.

Weaknesses

Conversely, many members of the England squad are not proven successes at an international level. Only Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard have consistently performed on the world stage. An injury to a Baines for example, would leave Hodgson to rely on an 18-year-old Shaw.

Key Player

Wayne Rooney. Despite a poor season for Manchester United, Rooney’s rejuvenated performances were a positive. He will be hungry to drive the team to success and could be the source of a goal at that vital moment.

Prediction

In what seems a difficult group, England will have to perform well against Italy and Uruguay in their first two games to have a chance of qualifying. With a potentially tricky last 16 tie against Colombia in the last 16, England will aim to win their group but it could be too tough of a test. They will do extremely well to make it to the quarter-finals.

Odds

28/1

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