It’s that time again when we update our predicted England XI if the World Cup started tomorrow based on the weekend’s performances.
The point of the feature is to reward the Englishman who played well over the weekend so while an apparent sure fire bet may not appear in the starting eleven, that doesn’t mean they have been overlooked.
Last week’s side was; Hart, Flanagan, Shawcross, Baker, Shaw, Sterling, Gerrard, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge and Rodriguez.
Here’s our side for this week.
GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Hart keeps his place in the side because he managed to keep a clean sheet in City’s win against Fulham. There’s no reason to replace him.
RB – Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
In terms of attacking play, Johnson was one of the best right-backs around this weekend. He was valuable, providing width in Liverpool’s 6-3 win at Cardiff.
CB – Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Cahill hardly put a foot wrong in Chelsea’s demolition of Arsenal. He’s back in the side.
CB – Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Jones comes back into the centre of defence after a good performance for United, under a lot of pressure, against the physical nature of West Ham.
LB – Leighton Baines (Everton)
Baines was superb against Swansea, showing good composure from the penalty spot for his goal and shutting down the left hand side.
RM – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Henderson keeps his place in the team and is becoming a regular in this feature. He was effective all over the park against Cardiff.
CM – Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
We’ve out Carrick into the midfield, although he played in defence against West Ham. He rose to that challenge well and did a great job for David Moyes.
CM – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Gerrard is in the side as captain. His leadership qualities were on full display against Cardiff, as he kept everyone focused as Liverpool conceded early on.
LM – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
We had to find a way into the team for Sturridge following another goal at the weekend so he slots in over on the left hand side.
ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Scored the goal of the weekend with his first effort against West Ham and followed it up with a great piece of improvisation.
ST – Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)
Sturridge is the only English player to have scored more goals than Rodriguez this season. He keeps his place in attack for another good goal against Tottenham over the weekend.