With another disappointing tournament behind them, it’s time for Roy Hodgson and England to look ahead to the next major tournament in two years’ time.
With that in mind, Chris Ellis takes a look at what Hodgson’s squad should look like when they fly off to France for EURO 2016.
The current England number one shows no signs of being displaced any time soon. Despite the odd shaky moment, the Manchester City stopper shows his class more often than not.
The Celtic shot stopper has put in some impressive performances for his team over the last few years and has become a staple of Hodgson’s squads these days. The Newcastle academy graduate needs to increase his profile with a move to a bigger club if he’s going to oust Hart for England.
The promising youngster has failed to force his way into Stoke’s first team since his transfer last summer but he has two years to establish himself and prove his quality, be it at the Britannia Stadium or somewhere else.
Walker missed out on the World Cup through injury but would have been on the plane had he been fit. With Glen Johnson failing to produce performances of the necessary level, it’s time for Walker to step up and nail down his position.
Chambers impressed for Southampton last year and will be looking to feature even more prominently under new manager Ronald Koeman next season. Able to play anywhere in the defensive line, Chambers versatility will be a big bonus.
Cahill was one of the few Engalnd players to come out of the tournament with any sort of credit. Committed to the last the Chelsea man performed admirably under some extreme pressure and will remain at the heart of Hodgson’s defence.
Jones will be hoping to force his way into Louis van Gaal’s first team at Old Trafford next season and cement his position as a central defender. If he does so there’s no doubt he will emerge as an England regular.
Smalling will be fighting Jones for the right to start under Van Gaal next term and the former Fulham man has shown enough to remain in Hodgson’s plans.
Stones has impressed in his time at Everton and fought his way on to the verge of Hodgson’s squad this time around. With Phil Jagielka and Sylvan Distin both ageing, the former Barnsley defender will be hoping for more opportunities for first team football at Goodison Park to aid his development.
The world’s most expensive teenager is beginning a new chapter in his career and will be hoping his position with Manchester United will help cement his England place too.
Baines didn’t enjoy the best of tournaments but showed glimpses of what he can do in the final third. His experience will be key in aiding Shaw’s development and it is up to the youngster to oust Baines for the starting XI.
Henderson was another who performed well in Brazil. He showed maturity and a good sense of positioning in his deeper lying midfield role. Now a regular in Liverpool’s midfield Henderson will be looking to be the same for England.
Probably England’s stand out player in Brazil, Sterling showed his potential to be a world beater. His direct running and pace frightened defences, something England fans can expect to see a lot more of.
The new Liverpool player will be disappointed he didn’t get a chance to fully show what he can do in an England shirt but he’s firmly planted his feet under Roy Hodgson’s table.
Injury restricted the Ox from playing his part in England’s World Cup campaign but there’s no doubting that he’s a key part of England’s future. It remains to be seen whether he will remain out wide or move to a central position as Arsene Wenger feels he’s destined for.
Barkley impressed with his cameo performances and will become an increasingly important part of England’s set up in the coming years.
Another affected by injury in the run up to the tournament , Wilshere was one of the bright lights to come out of the Costa Rica game as the Arsenal man added some much needed drive from midfield.
Another injury casualty, Walcott continued his unusual stat of not playing in a World Cup game despite first going to the competition aged 17. Walcott has been a regular starter for England over the last few years and looks set to remain a key player.
Wayne Rooney - Captain
Press target Rooney managed to get his World Cup monkey off his back by scoring against Uruguay but will still be disappointed with his contribution overall. His class remains however and he is still the best player at Hodgson’s disposal.
Sturridge outlined his abilities in Brazil, leading England’s frontline and grabbing a goal against Italy. Still with room for improvement, Sturridge is Hodgson’s best option for a consistent goal threat.
The Manchester United forward was a trusted starter for Hodgson in Brazil, playing in a wide role. A dependable member of the squad, Welbeck looks set to stick around but will need more football, and more importantly more goals, if he is to force his way past Sturridge.
West Ham’s Carroll was on the cusp of the squad this time around but was hampered by injury throughout the preceding campaign. A dangerous option to call on from the bench, Carroll provides a different, more direct threat when needed.
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