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

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester City, Southampton and Stoke City stars feature.

Another round of Premier League action has been and gone which means it’s time to update our feature naming the starting England side for the World Cup if the tournament started tomorrow.

While some players are shoe-ins for Roy Hodgson’s squad, the point of this feature is to name the side based on the latest round of games as though England’s first match at the summer tournament was tomorrow.

There will be players you expect to start who miss out because they may have been injured or didn’t play with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere a good example.

Last week’s side; Ruddy, Smalling, Jones, Caulker, Shaw, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carrick, Lallana, Redmond, Rodriguez and Rooney

Here’s our predicted side for this week.

GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Hart gets his number one spot back from John Ruddy for keeping a clean sheet at Norwich City.

RB – Jon Flanagan (Liverpool)

Flanagan has excelled under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers and he makes it into the side for a standout performance against Manchester United yesterday.

CB – Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

Shawcross was superb against a very difficult opponent in West Ham United. He’d inject the tough, aggressive physical element any back four needs.

CB – Nathan Baker (Aston Villa)

On the left side of central defence we’ve gone for Nathan Baker who had a decent game against Chelsea. He stood firm as the Blues fought to get back into the game at Villa Park.

LB – Luke Shaw (Southampton)

There’s no reason to drop the Saints defender so he keeps his place in the side. Consistency is everything for him over the rest of the season.

RM – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

He gave Manchester United plenty of problems with his pace, exploiting gaps all over the Old Trafford pitch.

CM – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Gerrard is back in the side as captain. He showed great composure yesterday in high pressure situations against United.

CM – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Henderson is another Liverpool star back in the side. He covers multiple positions with ease across the midfield.

LM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

The Ox is guilty of being wasteful against Tottenham, especially with one attempted chip which went closer to the corner flag than the goal. However, he looked dangerous and stays in the team.

ST – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Worked hard and was a real nuisance against Manchester United. The only thing missing from his performance was a goal.

ST – Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)

It will please Saints fans to see Rodriguez keeping his place after another goal over the weekend. Sturridge is the only English player with more Premier League goals this season.

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