8. Jordan Henderson
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson came very close to joining Fulham last season, but has banished memories of an unhappy start to life at Anfield with a truly terrific ever-present campaign this time round.
Henderson is trusted by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to affect every match with an all-action style that calls on his boundless energy and enthusiasm, with fitness never an issue during 33 successive Premier League games for the Reds to far this term.
England boss Roy Hodgson must be tempted to partner the youngster with his club colleage Steven Gerrard in Brazil this summer, and in the intense, humid climate of South America Henderson is one player you can count on not to wilt.