Predicted England XI if the World Cup started tomorrow - Who joins Rooney and Lampard?

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Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton, Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur stars all feature.

Another weekend of Premier League action has come and gone, which means it’s time to update our feature, attempting to name the starting England side if the World Cup started tomorrow.

The point of the feature is to reward the most in form Englishmen in the Premier League so why a player with an odds on chance of starting at the actual tournament may not appear, it doesn’t mean they have been overlooked.

The team last week was a follows; Hart, Johnson, Stones, Cahill, Baines, Sterling, Barry, Gerrard, Lennon, Wickham, Rooney.

Here’s our side for this week.

GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Hart keeps his place in the side after keeping a clean sheet in a potentially difficult match against Crystal Palace.

RB – Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)

Clyne was superb against Everton and showed a good defensive game to go with an aggressive attacking one.

CB – Phil Jones (Manchester United)

Jones sneaks into the side for a good performance against Norwich City. It’s difficult for him to be consistent as he’s used in so many different roles but more of the same will see him on that plane to Brazil.

CB – Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

We had to find somewhere to fit Carrick into the side so we’ve dropped him back into the defence. He controlled things perfectly against the Canaries.

LB – Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

Cole showed Jose Mourinho what he’s capable of against Liverpool. He didn’t do anything wrong in the face of severe pressure from the Merseysiders.

RM – Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur)

Lennon worked his socks off in the game against Stoke and had to be withdrawn late on due to a little bit of fatigue. He looked discouraged at being subbed, which is encouraging because it’s proof he really cares.

CM – Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Lallana played well against Everton and gave Roberto Martinez’ men a real problem throughout the match at St Marys.

CM – Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Lampard’s experience against Liverpool was crucial. He knew the game plan well and executed it perfectly to stop key Liverpool players having an influence through the middle.

LM – Adam Johnson (Sunderland)

When Johnson is in form, there are few more effective players down either wing. He slots into our side for this week because he looked really dangerous throughout the game against Cardiff.

ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney played well against Norwich and looked a real goal threat throughout. If he can back up his brace then he’ll head into the main tournament in good form.

ST – Connor Wickham (Sunderland)

Wickham keeps his place because he’s playing out of his skin at the moment. Another good performance against Cardiff in a big win.

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