Who has the best chance of making the World Cup squad?
Jack Butland – Having already made an appearance for the England senior side, and with quality goalkeepers in the England set-up seemingly thin on the ground, Butland will no doubt make more appearances for the senior side. Whether he dethrones Joe Hart as England’s number one is another matter entirely.
John Stones – A lot will depend on how his career develops at Everton. He is a capable looking full-back but one feels that he will need regular game time at Goodison Park. Even with that it looks like he will be playing for the Under 21’s a lot more with Hodgson preferring Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson.
Jack Robinson – On loan at Blackpool from Liverpool, and Hodgson will know him from his brief time on Merseyside. Robinson is really going to have to impress and improve at Blackpool and seek a return to Liverpool if he wants to ultimately make the senior side. I fear that it looks a long way away for him.
Nathaniel Chalobah – Whether he is going to operate in defence or in midfield, it looks as if is he going to be playing in an area of the field where competition for places is fierce. Having spent last season on loan at Watford, he might have a chance to impress at Chelsea this term, and that could aid any international ambitions if he can break through.
Andre Wisdom – Having been handed the captain’s armband by Hodgson, it is evident there is something about Wisdom which impresses the England boss, perhaps from his time at Liverpool. He will feature for Liverpool this season, but not regularly, but could get into Hodgson’s first team thinking in the not too distant future.
Michael Keane – On loan at Leicester from Manchester United and will no doubt feature heavily for the Under 21’s in the next season or so. However, if he returns to Old Trafford a better play, David Moyes might well be prepared to give him a chance. In the long-term, he could be a bright prospect for the senior side.
Raheem Sterling – Having already made an appearance for the senior side against Sweden, Sterling might well be in Hodgson’s thinking ahead of the World Cup as a covering winger. He will certainly get his chances to impress this season at Liverpool.
Will Hughes – He seems an impressive prospect, but he is another player that plays in that fiercely competitive area of the field and it will be difficult for him.
Connor Wickham – It all depends on how many starts he makes for Sunderland. He was talked about a lot during his time at Ipswich but now seems to have dipped below the radar a little. He might need to raise his game and be more consistent.
Jonjo Shelvey – Out of all the players that played for England, Shelvey probably has the best chance of going to the World Cup. Hodgson seems to be a big fan of him, and has already selected him for a qualifier against San Marino. Now with a move to Swansea, and regular first team football likely to follow, Shelvey has a decent opportunity.
Nathan Redmond – He put on a very impressive display against Scotland and if he carries that form into the Premier League season he could be a key player for Norwich. It wouldn’t surprise me if we see him earn a senior cap within a couple of years.
Ross Barkley – There is a lot of excitement around Everton about this lad’s future. He is evidently talented, and after a few more spells for the Under 21’s, it would not be surprising if Hodgson turned round and gave this lad a chance with the big boys.
Tom Thorpe – Still plenty of time for this lad to develop and eventually be considered for senior football. His priority for now will be trying to make an impression at Old Trafford. A long way to go to get to England’s senior side.
Sammy Ameobi – Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to play anywhere near enough for his club to be considered for selection at senior level. It looks like he’ll be playing frequently for the under 21’s in the near future.
Eric Dier – Spending a bit of time at Sporting Lisbon and playing a fair amount of games will do his opportunities no harm. It all depends on how closely he is watched by Hodgson and his men.
Harry Kane – Though he is on Spurs’ books he has had several loan moves. I feel he’ll need to find himself regular football at one club, but still has a few years to develop and find what’s right for him.
Tom Carroll – Another Spurs player, who we have seen quite a lot of. It’s hard for him to get in and hold down a regular place but with plenty of football to be played at White Hart Lane this season he can certainly be kept in the mind of those in the England set-up.
Jesse Lingard – He’s been impressive in Manchester United’s pre-season so he could get a couple of opportunities under David Moyes this season. If he continues to progress the way he is then maybe he will be given a chance in a couple of years’ time.
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