The England squad may be severely lacking in depth in most positions, but central midfield certainly isn’t one. With the experience of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick, England have three men with nearly 250 caps between them.
On the other side of the spectrum, Roy Hodgson has raw talents at his disposal with the likes of Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxalade-Chamberlain.
Barkley and Lallana have both had exceptional seasons thus far, and it would be considered by many as harsh on the pair to leave them out. With a good end to the season, Chamberlain could force his way onto the plane, and his versatility may give him an advantage over others.
It is hard to forget that Jack Wilshere is still only 22 years of age and his good form for Arsenal this season would not have gone unnoticed by Hodsgon. He has added goals to his game, and if England wants to have a higher proportion of the possession, and not constantly chasing the ball, Wilshere must play.
Against Italy and Uruguay, in my opinion it is crucial to play a three in the midfield, as opposed to the 4-4-2 that Hodgson seems to prefer.
Wayne Rooney is a certainty to play up-front with the likes of Andros Townsend, Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling and James Milner fighting it out for a spot on the wings. A defensive midfielder must be played and Gerrard has struggled when playing the deepest midfield role for Liverpool.
I would expect to see Michael Carrick here, but Southampton man Jack Cork merits a call-up to the national team. Full of running, a great tackler and good with the ball, Cork is definitely worth taking even if he isn’t a starter.
That leaves us with the other two midfielders. As I have stated already, Wilshere must start which means Hodgson would have to pick between Gerrard, Lampard, Lallana and Barkley.
For me this is an easy decision, Adam Lallana has been outstanding for the Saints this season so has to play alongside Wilshere. Lallana can play as the number 10 in a 4-2-3-1 or as centre midfielder in a 4-3-3.
A midfield three of Carrick, Wilshere and Lallana would give us quality on the ball, energy and a goal-threat. The aforementioned trio are the three I would play in the centre of the pitch, feel free to state yours in the comments box below.
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