With the World Cup on the horizon, could any of these uncapped players break into Roy Hodgson's squad?
The World Cup is fast approaching, and with England now guaranteed a place in the tournament, attention can turn to Roy Hodgson's squad selection next summer. Whilst the likes of Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Steven Gerrard won't have anything to worry about, many players are trying to impress Hodgson and get themselves in the frame - including a number of uncapped players, but could any of them make it to Brazil? For the purpose of this exercise, players eligible for Under-21 selection are not included...
Leon Britton, Swansea City
The diminutive midfielder is now 31, but has earned a number of rave reviews over the years. His six month stint at Sheffield United was merely a blot on Britton's copy book, as he has been an incredible servant to Swansea City throughout their Football League ascent. He's often been branded as “too small”, but his vision and passing ability have made him an asset in every division for the Swans. An England callup is probably beyond his reach now, with the emergence of Ravel Morrison and Ross Barkley, but Britton's technical ability would've given England another dimension.
Another player who is unlikely to get a chance for England is Kevin Nolan, who is also 31. Whilst Nolan is often derided for being “fat and lazy”, he has scored 58 Premier League goals from midfield, which is a fantastic return. In fact, it's somewhat surprising that Nolan has never been capped by England, given his goalscoring exploits, but his unfashionable style of play has never drawn many plaudits.
Nathan Dyer, Swansea City
Competition for places on the flanks is high, but Dyer is still only 25 and has been a dangerous player for Swansea ever since their promotion to the Premier League, with his pace and direct dribbling ability causing headaches for fullbacks. Andros Townsend's breakthrough displays have all but guaranteed his place on the plane to Brazil, and with Theo Walcott returning from injury, Dyer would have to have an incredible end to the season if he's to force his way into Roy Hodgson's plans.
Adam Lallana, Southampton
Another product of the Southampton academy, Lallana is a skillful midfielder with great dribbling abiltiy and close control. Having seen fellow Saint Rickie Lambert bag an England call up, Lallana must be hoping for the same after long being tipped to break into the side, and his manager Mauricio Pochettino agrees that he has a chance.
“It is not my decision in the end, but if he keeps performing as he has been, he’ll be actually very close to getting that call up to the national side.”
Gary Hooper, Norwich City
Hooper, newly acquired by Norwich City, has scored over 20 goals in each of his last five seasons, though they come with the caveat of being in the Championship and the SPL. With few English strikers hitting the net regularly, Hooper has the chance to push for a place in the England setup should he score goals for Chris Hughton's Canaries.
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