How Liverpool can fire England further than anyone expects in Brazil

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The emergence of a crop of young, promising English players at Liverpool should mean Roy Hodgson may be able to surprise a few people this summer.

It appears that anyone tuning into this season's Premier League have missed the many impressive young English performers to have stood out over the months, especially at title challengers Liverpool.

And it is an attitude that, if he is canny about it, Roy Hodgson can expose to drive the country towards a successful World Cup.

Italian midfielder Thiago Motta gave us a glance into how the other teams in the tournament are looking at England, telling media that keeping England quiet is simply a matter of silencing Wayne Rooney: "I think that we (Italy) know that if we keep Rooney quiet in the opening game against England then we will get the result that we want," the PSG midfielder said.

"He is a very good player - one of the best - but the problem is England look at him for everything. At The World Cup that is a problem for them - the opposition know if they stop Rooney they stop England."

"Italy have many good players - we don't rely on just one. I think the same is true of Uruguay. Europe knows that Suarez has had a fantastic season in England - but even if Suarez is quiet they have Forlan and Cavani who will score them goals."

If others have that same frame of mind, England may be able to benefit spectacularly from Liverpool's absence from European competition - and thus the chance for other countries to watch them regularly - this year. Aside from captain Steven Gerrard, many players will have little experience of the Reds' other England players, and even fewer the chance to play against them. Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, even Daniel Sturridge to a degree, will all be fairly unknown entities on the football pitch for many sides. Throw in Glen Johnson and/or Jon Flanagan, and there is likely to be a decidedly Merseyside flavour to this England squad

Roy Hodgson has to have in mind, or surely at least speaking to Brendan Rodgers regarding, copying Liverpool's approach to the Premier League this year. The energy and tenacity of Henderson, alongside the class and experience of Gerrard, with the threat of Sterling and Sturridge in offensive areas alongside a talismanic attacker - which in Hodgson's case would be Rooney, could well catch out sides in Brazil in much the same way many in the league have been this year.

Of course, one of the main men at Liverpool will be able to give one of England's opponents all the information necessary on his Anfield teammates, when Luis Suarez and his Uruguay team meet England on June 19th in Sao Paolo.

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