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

Steven Gerrard playing for England v France - Euro 2012

Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Southampton stars all feature.

Another weekend of Premier League action has been and gone with some important results at each end of the Premier League table.

It’s time to update our regular feature and name the starting England World Cup side based on the performances of key Englishmen over the course of the weekend.

There’s terrible news for Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez, a regular in this feature, who is likely to miss the World Cup this summer after picking up a horrible knee injury in the match at Manchester City.

The last time we ran this feature the side was; Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jones, Baines, Henderson, Carrick, Gerrard, Sturridge, Rooney Rodriguez.

Here’s our predicted side for this week.

GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Hart retains his place after a solid performance against the Saints over the weekend. Unless he makes serious errors over the rest of the season, it’s difficult to see him not playing.

RB – Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

Another very good performance for Liverpool in a difficult environment at West Ham. Effective at both ends of the pitch.

CB – John Stones (Everton)

Stones was one of Everton’s best players against Arsenal. He made one bad mistake when he lost his footing but was otherwise superb throughout.

CB – Phil Jones (Manchester United)

One of the most versatile players in the United back four, he can virtually play anywhere.

LB – Leighton Baines (Everton)

Baines provided a lot of balance to Everton as they defeated Arsenal and he’s someone who refuses to let himself be pushed about by the opposition.

RM – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

Sterling comes back into the side this week. His pace was too great for West Ham at times and he’s an extremely important player to have on the counter attack.

CM – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Henderson is a more forward thinking version of Phil Jones. He’s versatile and can play different roles and positions across the Liverpool midfield.

CM – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Gerrard showed great composure to bag a couple of goals from the penalty spot. He never looks like missing and leads well when his side are under pressure.

LM – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Sturridge keeps his place. While he wasn’t at his best against West Ham, he did enough in terms of work rate and passion all over the pitch to still be involved during key passages of play.

ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney didn’t play against Newcastle, in fact he wasn’t even in the match day squad but he keeps his place. Rodriguez would have slotted in yet again but with him injured, Rooney stays.

ST – Rickie Lambert (Southampton)

Lambert showed composure to originally equalise for Southampton in their game against Manchester City. He comes into the attack.

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