Predicted England XI if the World Cup started tomorrow - Cahill, Sterling and more

Gerrard Euro 2012

Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Southampton stars all feature.

It’s that time of the week when we update our regular feature attempting to name the starting England World Cup side, if the tournament kicked off tomorrow.

While some stars will be dead certainties for the main tournament this summer, they may not appear on this feature as they didn’t play through injury over the weekend, didn’t have a fixture or were suspended.

The point being to reward the Premier League’s Englishman who played well in the latest round of games.

The side last week was: Hart, Johnson, Stones, Jones, Baines, Sterling, Henderson, Gerrard, Sturridge, Rooney, Lambert.

Here’s is this week’s edition.

GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Hart retains his place because there were no standout performances anywhere else over the weekend, worthy of taking the number one spot away from him.

RB – Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

Johnson is quickly becoming one of Liverpool’s most important and valuable defenders. He’ll stand a good chance of starting at the actual tournament.

CB – John Stones (Everton)

Another very good performance from the young man at Sunderland. A different kind of challenge to the display he produced against Arsenal but he played well.

CB – Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Cahill produced a decent display of football against Swansea but he wasn’t thoroughly tested as the Swans went down to ten men early.

LB – Leighton Baines (Everton)

Baines stays in the back four as he did nothing wrong against Sunderland, playing well at both ends of the pitch.

RM – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

Sterling’s pace at the moment is superb and he’s a great option to have on the counter attack. He also showed great intelligence and composure for Liverpool’s first goal.

CM – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Although Gerrard is a little older, he seems to be producing some of his best football at the moment. He lead the team well against Manchester City.

CM – Gareth Barry (Everton)

Barry has just admitted that he’s written off his chances of making the England World Cup squad for the actual tournament but he played well against the Black Cats, if he keeps up this sort of form then he’ll put Roy Hodgson under some pressure.

LM – James Milner (Manchester City)

Not a popular selection but Milner changed the game when he came on after 50 minutes at Anfield. He offered extra protection and control in the middle. He’s the ultimate utility man.

ST – Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)

Puncheon was all over Aston Villa like a rash at the weekend, effective from different positions and a real thorn in the side of Paul Lambert’s team.

ST – Rickie Lambert (Southampton)

Lambert may have played in a losing cause but his efforts were significant considering the recent injury to Jay Rodriguez. He worked hard and produced the sort of grit England will need at the World Cup.

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