With the World Cup fast approaching, England manager Roy Hodgson is looking to run the rule over the possible 23-man squad and with plenty of strong contenders of a starting place, here is what England’s starting lineup could and probably should look like in three months’ time.
Manchester City keeper Joe Hart looks to be the undisputed favorite to start in goal in Brazil. Despite being consigned to the bench at Etihad in first half of the season due to poor form, he has made a great comeback and his recent performances will leave no possibility for doubt as to whether he should stat or not.
The defense looks like a settled case. Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Everton’s Phil Jagielka should be the preferred pairing in central defense while Liverpool right back Glen Johnson is likely to be preferred over Tottenham’s Kyle Walker who has a poor outing against Ukraine in the playoffs.
The left back position is one that is likely to be a problem to decide. Everton’s Leighton Baines should be the odds on favorite to start but given Hodgson’s continued love for Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, it might not be surprising if Hodgson decides to persist with Cole, which would be unfair to Southampton’s young left back Luke Shaw who should be in the squad ahead of Cole on merit alone.