Predicted England XI if the World Cup started tomorrow - Dawson, Gerrard and more

Steven Gerrard playing for England v France - Euro 2012

Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur stars all feature.

Another round of Premier League games finishing means it’s time to update another of our regular features on HITC; naming the England XI to play in the first World Cup game against Italy on June 14.

The point of the feature is to name the side based on the latest round of Premier League games so obvious candidates for the team may miss out owing to not featuring for their side or not playing because they’re injured or suspended.

The eleven that featured last week is as follows; Ruddy, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Henderson, Carrick, Lampard, Wilshere, Sturridge and Rooney.

Here is our side for today.

GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Norwich’s John Ruddy loses his place because of the drubbing Norwich received at the hands of Aston Villa. Granted, Joe Hart didn’t play for Manchester City in the League Cup final but he’s England’s number one so retains his place when there have been no obvious standout performances.

RB – Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

Johnson retains his place for a solid performance for Liverpool away at Southampton. He was key in cutting out the high press the Saints uses and releasing pressure from the defence quickly.

CB – Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Cahill was part of the Chelsea defence which did a solid job away at Fulham. He’s going to be first choice for Roy Hodgson’s back four if he maintains his good form over the rest of the campaign.

CB – Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur)

Dawson steps into the defence in place of Everton’s Phil Jagielka. Dawson showed great leadership during Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Cardiff. Jagielka drops out because he didn’t play against West Ham due to injury.

LB – Leighton Baines (Everton)

One Everton star who does keep his place is Leighton Baines. Baines was sound defensively against the Hammers and supplied the attackers well from the left hand side throughout the game.

RM – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

Sterling sneaks into the side for a brilliant impact performance during the second-half of Liverpool’s game against the Saints. He replaces Jack Wilshere on the right hand side as the Gunner wasn’t at his best against Stoke City.

CM – Fabian Delph (Aston Villa)

Delph really got stuck in during the game against Norwich City, showing the sort of fight needed to get any team back into a game. He comes into the team for Frank Lampard who didn’t get off the bench in Chelsea’s win at Fulham.

CM – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Gerrard comes into the side in place of Michael Carrick, who didn’t play as Manchester United didn’t have a fixture. Gerrard was superb during the game at Southampton, showing superb composure once again to score from the penalty spot.

CM – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

The next Liverpool star in the team, importantly keeping his place, is Jordan Henderson. Henderson looks better and better in Liverpool colours and he keeps his place for his versatility all over the pitch and his impressive work rate.

LM – Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur)

Lennon comes into the team for Rooney, who didn’t play at all over the weekend. He slots in on the left to create a 4-5-1 formation. He’s been revitalised under the reign of Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood and played well against Cardiff.

ST – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Sturridge’s performance against Southampton is another example of a very solid display in a Liverpool shirt. His movement, pace and composure in the final third of the pitch was impressive.

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