The dust has settled on the weekend’s Premier League and FA Cup action, which means it’s time for the latest instalment of our feature where we name the England side if the World Cup started tomorrow.
The point of this feature is to reward the players who played well over the weekend with an England place. While other stars may be shoe-ins for a starting World Cup place, they may not appear because they didn’t have a game which is the case for Liverpool’s stars this past weekend.
The side that featured last week was; Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Dawson, Baines, Sterling, Delph, Gerrard, Henderson, Lennon, Sturridge.
Here is our current side.
GK – John Ruddy (Norwich City)
Ruddy comes back into the side ahead of Joe Hart because he had a decent game in many aspects against Stoke. Hart didn’t feature in Manchester City’s defeat against Wigan in the FA Cup.
RB – Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Smalling would slot in on the right hand side of the defence. He was superb against United and perhaps his best position is centre back but for this week we’d stick him on the right.
CB – Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Jones produced a great performance against the Baggies and deserves to be in the team. He’s one of the most versatile defensive players United have and it’s encouraging for club and country to see him back in competitive action.
CB – Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)
Caulker was effective at both ends of the pitch in Cardiff’s win against Fulham. He offered a real goal threat, bagging himself a brace and defensively had a very solid game.
LB – Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Shaw seems to have grown in confidence from being included in the actual England side, which played Denmark last week. He produced a performance against Crystal Palace which is a tribute to his current consistency.
RM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
The Ox has probably been a little unfortunate not to feature more than he has done this season. However, he’s done a great job whenever he’s been called upon by Arsene Wenger.
CM – Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
Carrick is one of the most consistent players in Europe at the moment. His ability to control the game in front of his defence is simply world class.
AM – Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Lallana would be slightly further ahead of him in the midfield. Another Saints star who seemed to explode with confidence over the weekend having played for England last week.
LM – Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)
Redmond gets the nod with Raheem Sterling not playing. He’s been a real threat for the Canaries this season with his pace and skill in possession at speed big attacking threats to any side. He played well against Stoke.
ST – Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)
Bagged a very important goal for the Saints against Palace. He’d most likely be the forward who dropped off to get involved in the midfield play.
ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Rooney produced one of his best performances of the season against the Baggies and England will want more of the same.
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