For both Daniel Sturridge and Alex Ox-Chamberlain, the experience in Brazil will be unique. The two England stars will be featuring in a World Cup finals for the first time in their life.
Liverpool forward Sturridge has been in stunning form since making his move from Chelsea last January, while Arsenal winger Ox-Chamberlain has earned a name for himself as one of the best young players in the Premier League.
Both were named in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for football’s biggest tournament in Brazil next month, and now they have taken to social networking site Twitter to express their delight at being part of the Three Lions unit.
Honoured to be given the opportunity to represent my country at the World Cup, can't wait to meet up with the boys! pic.twitter.com/ExuWfbL5ae— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) May 13, 2014
Sturridge has been arguably the best English forward in the Premier League in 2013-14. Having failed to first establish himself at Manchester City and Chelsea, the 24-year-old burst into life in the second half of last season after making the switch to Anfield, scoring 10 goals and providing three assists in just 11 Premier League starts. This term he found the net 21 times and laid seven assists in 26 starts.
On the other hand, Ox-Chamberlain has largely been a bit-part player for Arsenal this campaign, having featured in just 14 Premier League fixture and two Champions League matches, thanks largely to injuries. However, the 20-year-old is a precious talent, and his power and pace will be useful for the Three Lions - although he is not expected to be given a starting role.
This time England have named a very youthful squad. There is a sense of pessimism and the 1966 World Cup winners are not one of the favourites. Yet, hope springs eternal...