Roy Hodgson's men have been given a tough group for the 2014 World Cup, and whilst the Three Lions must guard against all players for their opponents, there will be a strong emphasis placed on players based in England, as they will have first hand experience of facing some of Hodgson's selections.
England's first game is on June 14th against Italy in Manaus, and there could be a couple of players with Premier League experience waiting to get England off to a terrible start. Midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini and striker Pablo Osvaldo, who play for Sunderland and Southampton respectively, will be fighting to break into the squad as their places are by no means guaranteed. The goals are likely to come from former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi and ex-City forward Mario Balotelli, whilst Alessandro Diamanti, who had a spell with West Ham, has rebuilt his career with Bologna and has become a dangerous playmaker for Itay boss Cesare Prandelli.
Hodgson will then face an equally tough test against Uruguay, whose dangerman will be Liverpool star Luis Suarez. The 26 year old has an outstanding goalscoring record for his country, and is likely to cause the England backline all sorts of problems throughout the game on June 19th.
Whilst Gaston Ramirez hasn't had much of an impact at Southampton, he is still an important player in Oscar Tabarez's squad. Additionally, former Manchester United flop Diego Forlan – who will be 35 by the time the World Cup kicks off – will be on standby should anything happen to Suarez or Edinson Cavani.
Finally, England's easiest fixture appears to be against Costa Rica, but they still have players who can cause Hodgson problems. Newly found Everton hero Bryan Oviedo will be looking to cause another surprise after his winning goal against Manchester United in midweek, whilst Fulham playmaker Bryan Ruiz is the star of the team. Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell will be hoping to continue his Olympiacos form and prove to Arsene Wenger that his future lies at the Emirates Stadium after three loan moves away. Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto will need large contributions from all three Premier League players in order to progress from Group D, which looks to be a very tall order.
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