Lampard v Barry - Who should go to the World Cup for England?

Frank Lampard has made Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming friendly against Denmark with Gareth Barry missing out, but who should go to the World Cup?

The two midfield veterans have vast amounts of experience and strong cases can be made for both as to why they should travel to Brazil in the summer, but it is unlikely that both will make it.

Roy Hodgson named his 30-man squad for next week’s friendly with Denmark yesterday, but Gareth Barry has not made the squad, despite plenty feeling that he deserved a place.

Lampard, 35, and Barry, 33, have had very similar season’s from a statistical standpoint in the Premier League.

Barry is enjoying his season-long loan spell at Everton, with Lampard playing in his thirteenth consecutive season for Chelsea.

Both have made 21 appearances in the league so far, creating 25 chances with three assists to their names.

Barry has scored three times for the Toffees, whilst Lampard has netted five times after last week’s winner against Everton was awarded to him by the FA’s dubious goal panel.

Barry has been ever-present for Everton this season, playing 90 minutes in every appearance for the club, and has only missed one game from the last 19.

Whereas Lampard is struggling to play consistently at Chelsea this term, primarily because of the large squad at Jose Mourinho's disposal, and has only featured in three of Chelsea’s last eight Premier League games.

It therefore comes as a surprise that the two are so closely matched on paper, with Barry playing almost 500 more minutes in the league than Lampard this season.

Another identical stat the midfielders share is their tackle success rate, with both winning 45% of their challenges.

Barry has been better at distributing the ball, with an 86% pass success rate more impressive than Lampard’s 83%.

Gareth Barry has always been more defensive than Lampard despite both playing the same position, and it comes as no surprise to see that the Everton man gives more defensively every game.

He has made an average of five defensive actions per game, while Lampard makes an average of just two.

With the two so closely matched, Roy Hodgson may have looked to Frank Lampard’s Champions League experience as the deciding factor in separating the two.

The Chelsea man has played in all seven of the Blues’ Champions League games this campaign, scoring one and assisting two goals up to this point.

It would appear that the pair are both battling for one place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad for the summer, but there is also the possibility that neither will make it.

"I am very conscious of the fact that I could have to leave a big name out."

"I will have to disappoint some people I have worked with who have maybe done a good job for me and the team," Hodgson said.

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