This season's surprise package came in the form of Brendan Rodgers’ attacking Liverpool side. After finishing seventh in the previous season few expected Champions League football yet alone a title challenge from the Merseyside club.
With Liverpool having a large British contingent recent calls from England legend Paul Scholes to base the national team on Brendan Rodgers' philosophy. He seems to have a point, so here's how England may look if they followed the lead of Rodgers with their players in Brazil...
GK: Joe Hart
Many consider the Manchester City star to be an upgrade on Liverpool's Belgian No.2 Simon Mignolet. Without doubt the first choice keeper for England this summer.
RB: Glen Johnson
The injury to Kyle Walker has made the Liverpool right back the undisputed starter for this summer's tournament . Similar to club level expect to see a lot of attacking forays from the former Chelsea full back this, but his defensive ability still remains in doubt.
CB: Gary Cahill
After a stellar season which resulted in him being named in the PFA team of the year, there is a lot of pressure on England's only avalible world class centre back going to Brazil. Comfortable with the ball , and deadly from set pieces, Gary Cahill is a somewhat better version of Liverpool's Martin Skrtel
CB: John Stones
Brendan Rodgers has never been afraid to put trust in young players , as he's shown with the likes of John Flanagan and Raheem Sterling . For this reason, plus the Everton youngster's far superior ability on the ball compared to his Everton team mate, and first choice England centre back Phil Jagielka, I'm going to include the Barnsley boy.
LB : Leighton Baines
Despite Luke Shaw having a wonderful season and being more than capable going forward, a basic requirement in the Liverpool philosophy. I'm going to include another Merseyside player in Leighton Baines. Both at international and club level has shown he is more than capable of combining attacking excellence and defensive experience; something which could prove vital against top opposition .
CM: Steven Gerrard
There's only player to fulfil this role and that is England and Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard. Despite suffering title heart break, Gerrard remains a vital cog in both setups, and in this team should perform his normal club role of deep lying playmaker and orchestrator of the play.
CM/RM: Jordan Henderson
Joining his Liverpool teammate in Brendan Rodgers' 4-3-3 diamond formation hybrid is Jordan Henderson. Since being signed by Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, Henderson has been questioned by supporters and managers alike. However rather than share the same fate as former Liverpool teammate Andy Carroll, Henderson has much like Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, transformed his career and is now an Anfield favourite .
CM/LM: Jack Wilshere
We could have picked any one of England's up and coming attacking midfielders to play the Philippe Coutinho role, as Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all capable of providing the creative spark in the England midfield, but I’ve gone for the young yet experienced Jack Wilshere.
Wilshere has long been touted as the saviour of English football and on the back of successful season with Arsenal, despite injuries, looks like England’s best bet to help replicate the style of a free flowing Liverpool side.
CAM: Raheem Sterling
Despite the wonderful seasons Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana have had, Raheem Sterling at 19-years-of age looks unstoppable. Sterling has come on leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers. Originally just a winger Sterling is now one of the most complete No.10s in the Premier League, adding vision and superb pass selection to his already wonderful ball control and dribbling in tight spaces. If England are to truly replicate a Liverpool team that has been outstanding this season, Raheem Sterling would have to be at the forefront of this.
RS: Daniel Sturridge
After an emphatic season in which the Liverpool No.9 scored 21 league goals and created a further seven, Sturridge is going into this summer's tournament in red hot form. Arguably England’s top striker, there is no doubt of Sturridge’s place in this Liverpool based England XI.
LS: Wayne Rooney
In spite of recent calls to drop Wayne Rooney from the England team, he is still England’s closest thing to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. On the back of a poor season with Manchester United, many feel Rooney doesn't warrant a place in the England lineup, however his ability to pull of the extraordinary coupled with Liverpool’s two striker system makes him an obvious selection in this lineup.
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