World Cup 2014: England's potential starting line-up

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England manager Roy Hodgson named his squad for next week's friendly clash against Scotland today - but we take a look at who is likely to start the Three Lions' first match of the 2014 World Cup (should we make it).

Goalkeeper - Joe Hart

The first name on Hodgson's teamsheet, Hart is certain to start the majority of England's matches next summer.

The Manchester City stopper has been in outstanding form for most periods over the last couple of years - so fully deserves England's number one jersey.

Hart will probably be joined by Ben Foster and John Ruddy - who will both be there to make up the numbers rather than compete with Hart.

Right-back - Glen Johnson

Johnson marginally shades it for the right-back slot due to his vast experience when compared to the likes of Kyle Walker and Phil Jones. 

However Johnson will have to impress for Liverpool over the course of the season as his place in Hodgson's starting line-up is far from certain.

Centre-back - Gary Cahill

Cahill is now one of England's most senior centre-backs mainly because of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry's retirement from the international scene.

The 27-year-old is likely to play regularly for Chelsea this season with Terry continuing to be plagued with injuries and David Luiz being frequently used in midfield.

Centre-back - Phil Jagielka 

Jagielka is one of the most underrated centre-backs in the Premier Legaue.

His no-nonsense style and his ability to play the ball around the back makes him a suitable candidate to partner the aforementioned Cahill. 

Left-back - Ashley Cole

Possibly the trickiest decision for Hodgson will be who he should start at left-back.

Many people will disagree with Cole's inclusion over Everton's Leighton Baines but the former deserves a final shot at World Cup glory.

Centre-midfield - Michael Carrick

Carrick is finally starting to gain the recognition he deserves after being hugely underrated over the last few years.

The former Tottenham midfielder may not be fancy but he steadies the ship and hardly loses the ball.

Centre-midfield - Jack Wilshere

If England have any chance of getting past the quarter-final stage then Hodgson will need to have a fully fit Wilshere at his disposal.

Wilshere combative nature, flair and passion makes him an ideal partner for Carrick in England's engine room.

Central attacking midfield - Steven Gerrard

Gerrard has been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League over the last decade.

Yes, we have not seen his best performances in an England shirt but he still head and shoulders above the likes of Tom Cleverley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Right wing - Wilfried Zaha

Manchester United's new-boy Zaha impressed for the Red Devils during their pre-season tour of Australia and Asia.

On the back of his performances, Hodgson has again decided to take a closer look at the former Crystal Palace winger.

If Zaha can continue to shine for Manchester United then there is no reason why Hodgson shouldn't take a chance on the 20-year-old. 

Left wing - Danny Welbeck

Despite his poor goalscoring record, Welbeck is extremely good at linking up play between the midfield and attack.

He may not like playing on the wing, but Hodgson may be forced to play there if Ashley Young continues to fail to impress.

Striker - Wayne Rooney

Rooney is by far the best striker at Hodgson's disposal - so is a certainty to lead the line.

The England management team will just have to make sure Rooney is not too isolated up front as the 27-year-old tends to become frustrated when he is not getting quality service.

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