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

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

The Premier League is over for three months, which means it’s time to start focusing firmly on the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

We’ve already had snippets of information ahead of Roy Hodgson’s official squad announcement with Ashley Cole announcing his retirement from international football while Kyle Walker has also reportedly been told he’s missing out.

So which eleven will Hodgson go with for that first game against Italy next month?

The side before the final round of Premier League games was; Ruddy, Clyne, Cahill, Jagielka, Shaw, Lallana, Barkley, Delph, Milner, Lambert and Carroll.

GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

It would be extremely surprising if anyone other than Joe Hart was given the nod to start against the Italians. He’ll be confident after a second title winning medal.

RB – Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

Johnson has done enough to start at right-back for England at the tournament. He’s effective and solid at both ends of the pitch.

CB – Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Cahill has been one of Chelsea’s most consistent players this season. He should start in the heart of the defence offering strength in the air and on the ground.

CB – Phil Jagielka (Everton)

Jagielka offers that extra bit of experience in the back four and most importantly, he gained some fitness with Everton towards the end of the season.

LB – Leighton Baines (Everton)

Baines is ahead of Luke Shaw in the pecking order. His delivery from set pieces is superb and he’ll be important if England ever reach a penalty shoot-out situation.

RM – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

Sterling’s pace is going to be a real weapon for England. There are times when the side will be pinned back and Hodgson’s men will have to counter attack.

CM – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Henderson is never going to be the most exciting player to watch but he’s consistent, works hard and allows the more creative players in the team to perform.

CM – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Gerrard should lead the side with a point to prove. He’ll be disappointed after Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title and England can take advantage of that.

CM – Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Lallana is at the heart of a reported £20 million tug of war between several Premier League clubs. He’ll probably be the player given a free licence and urged to cause chaos by Hodgson.

LM – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Sturridge may start out on the left but he won’t stay there. He’ll get forward and form a partnership with Wayne Rooney when he gets the chance.

ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

This is a big tournament for Rooney after a disappointing season at club level. When England’s backs are to the wall, Rooney needs to step up and produce some heroics.

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