Liverpool five should ALL start for England at the World Cup, says Lineker

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Liverpool moved a step closer to the Premier League title on Sunday, and Gary Lineker had some interesting things to say about their team.

Another match, another three points for Liverpool, with a Raheem Sterling brace and yet another strike from Luis Suarez sealing the victory against a gutsy Norwich City side on Sunday lunchtime.

Much has already been written about the spine of Liverpool's team this season, with four English players tipped to have a big impact on England's World Cup campaign and a fifth possibly proving a surprise but very worthy wild-card in the form of Jon Flanagan.

That certainly appears to be Gary Lineker's thinking, after the Match of the Day host tweeted his admiration for Sterling before saying that Liverpool's English quintet should all start for Roy Hodgson's side this summer.

Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge are all certainties for the final squad, with only a fool now leaving Sterling out after his outstanding season that just gets better and better.  Along with Flanagan, that makes five.  But Lineker does not think they should simply be part of the squad for Brazil 2014, they should all start, leaving just six positions up for grabs.

It would be quite a move from Hodgson, but would many actually disagree?  After all, Liverpool are the form-team and their players have shone under Rodgers, with only Flanagan's place (ahead of Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw) likely to raise eyebrows.

But while that is a decision for another man, Lineker did also reserve special praise for Sterling, of whom he wrote, "If he gives himself the best chance to succeed, he could be absolutely anything he wants to be.  A very special talent."

Given the winger's recent performances and scope to improve even more, that is surely something we can all agree on.

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