Is THIS how England will line-up for the 2014 World Cup?


Without tempting fate too much, Roy Hodgson’s men should comfortably reach the World Cup finals in Brazil in two years time.So let’s try and fast forward and attempt to predict England’s team for the 2014 extravaganza.

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

The easiest decision Hodgson will have to make. Hart has already established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and will still only be 27 by the time by Brazil, a sprightly age for a goalkeeper.

Right-back: Kyle Walker

Looked set to become England’s first choice right-back at Euro 2012 before an injury cost him his place. In his absence, Glen Johnson impressed and the more experienced campaigner has kept his place ahead of the Tottenham man since then. However, one would expect that if Walker can continue his rate of progress, by the time 2014 comes around he will be a near certainty to start.

Central-defence: John Terry & Gary Cahill

A difficult position for Hodgson despite the plethora of options he has at his disposal. However, many of the players are ageing with John Terry, Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka all the wrong side of 30. Terry appears to be a personal favourite of the manager and despite his declining Chelsea form and pace, which one imagines will only continue as we head into 2014, he should keep his place as England’s senior defensive figurehead. He should be partnered by club mate Gary Cahill, who has youth on his side and was pencilled in to start alongside Terry at Euro 2012 before a broken jaw sidelined the ex-Bolton man. A quick mention for the likes of Phil Jones and particularly Chris Smalling, who for different reasons endured somewhat difficult seasons last year but have the potential to usurp one of the two Chelsea boys if they can recapture their form.

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Has been the undisputed first choice left back since 2001 but will be 33 by 2014. Leighton Baines has been in outstanding form for Everton for a good few seasons while the even younger Ryan Bertrand is being heralded as Cole’s long term replacement at Chelsea, let alone England. However, one imagines that Hodgson’s conservatism will take shape particularly in the rigours of the Brazilian climate and that he will opt for Cole, who will most likely retire from international football after the tournament.

Central-midfield: Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverly, Steven Gerrard

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