The England 2014 team 'Mail Online' predicted in 2007 - Where are they now?

Then Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool, Reading, Tottenham and Manchester City players featured...

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We all like to make predictions, unfortunately for those of us without crystal balls we normally end up with egg on our faces - fortunately not as bad as this absolute blunder by the Mail Online, who predicted the England 2014 side seven years previous. Here's a look at where are they all are now...

Goalkeeper: Ben Amos
Clubs: Manchester United
- Peterborough United
- Molde
- Oldham Athletic
- Hull City
- Carlisle United (currently on loan)

The 23-year-old goalkeeper is still contracted to the club despite being no closer to their first team than he was when the prediction was made. Since making his debut for Manchester United in 2008, he has spent time on loan at several different clubs at various levels. He is currently on loan at Carlisle United, playing along side former Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda.

Likelihood of making Brazil - 2/10

Right Back: Sam Hutchinson
Clubs: Chelsea
-Nottingham Forest
-Vitesse (currently on loan)

The 24-year-old right back has endured a torrid career so far, thanks to career threatening injury he suffered, even causing him to retire, before coming back 18 months ago. Clearly it has taken it's toll on the player. He would have perhaps been a real possibility had he not been injured, but the player is at the minute trying to remain fit and get his career back on track. He is currently on-loan at Vitesse with several other Chelsea stars, sitting top of the Eredivisie.

Likelihood of making Brazil - 2/10

Centre Back: Micah Richards (captain)
Clubs: Manchester City

One of the more likely players to make the squad for the tournament in Brazil, Micah Richards has racked up 13 caps for the national side. He hasn't made the significant progress that many tipped him for, but he should be in contention to warm the bench for Roy Hodgson’s side in the summer.

Likelihood of making Brazil – 8/10

Centre Back: Gavin Hoyte
Clubs: Arsenal
- Watford
- Brighton
- Lincoln City
- AFC Wimbledon
Dagenham & Redbridge

Currently playing fourth tier football for Dagenham & Redbridge, the former Arsenal starlet hasn’t had the career he was once tipped for. He can boast a Premier League appearance for Arsenal in 2008 playing against Manchester City, notably being substituted for Aaron Ramsey in the process. Now, he is considered a stalwart in the Dagenham defence being a regular in their first team.

Likelihood of making Brazil – 1/10

Left Back: Robbie Threlfall
Clubs: Liverpool
- Hereford United
- Stockport County
- Northampton Town
- Bradford City

I have to come clean when I say I genuinely cannot remember ever hearing of him, but apparently at one point in his youth career was considered one of the top youngsters in the world. In a similar fashion to Hoyte, you can see the 25-year-old left-back regularly in League One turning out for Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

Likelihood of making Brazil – 1/10

Centre Midfielder: Dean Parrett
Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur
- Aldershot Town
- Plymouth Argyle
- Charlton Athletic
- Yeovil Town
- Swindon Town

The 22-year-old was released by Tottenham last summer and after a series of trials at various clubs decided on signing for League One outfit Stevenage on a year contract. He hasn’t featured as much as he would have liked only appearing in two sub appearances so far for the club.

Likelihood of making Brazil – 1/10 

Centre Midfielder: Michael Johnson
Clubs: Manchester City
- Leicester City

It’s hard to quite understand what happened with Michael Johnson, anyone talking about players that just fell off the grid will mention him. He scored an absolute belter against Derby County in 2007 for Manchester City and won the game for them on the night. He signed a mega-deal with the rich Manchester side and was touted as the next Gerrard, he was that good. Now, well – he isn’t playing football anymore and the last known picture of the player shows him as your overweight average joe, unbelievable!

Likelihood of making Brazil – 0/10

Centre Midfielder: James Henry
Clubs: Reading
- Nottingham Forest
- Bournemouth
- Norwich City
- Millwall
- Wolverhampton Wanderers

The talented 24-year-old is currently flying high for League One promotion contenders Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was always considered a key player for Millwall under Kenny Jackett and when he left for Wolves, but he managed to convince Millwall's new manager Steve Lomas to allow him to move on. He won’t be troubling the plane for Brazil, but he is a player that has ground out a decent career for himself in the Football League.

Likelihood of making Brazil – 1/10

Right Winger: Theo Walcott
Clubs: Southampton

Finally, a good suggestion – well, perhaps. He made the World Cup squad as a 16 year old after a glowing review by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Despite the trip the player didn't get any minutes on the pitch, but would have been a good experience. He has since then endured a career in the spotlight and is considered a regular player in the England squad, with the competition heating up in his position – there is a small chance he may not line-up in the first 11, but will definitely make the squad (barring injury)

Likelihood of making Brazil – 10/10

There was a vacancy for regular free kick taker, that might not be the case after the game

Many fans have questioned Kyle Walker's presence over set pieces over the last couple of years. After all, his crossing is up and down, and he has seemed to be riding on his (admittedly) fantastic free-kick against Blackburn a couple of years ago for some time now. As Bale rose to prominence, there only seemed to be one player over the dead ball, and rightly so. But against United, Walker had several decent free-kick attempts, scoring one, and also whipped in some decent corners. With none of the attacking midfielders making a successful claim for set-piece taker, Walker has impressed enough to be given that role for the foreseeable future.

Predictable though it is, Spurs are missing a figurehead player to give the ball when under pressure

At times during spells of United pressure, Spurs looked like they were really missing a player they could rely on to do that something a little bit special. With Bale gone, they are the only one of the top six/seven teams that don't have that one outstanding individual to rely on, and all teams need it for when they inevitably have an off day. That's when the outstanding individual pulls them through the game. Spurs have several players that could eventually adopt this role at the club, but right now, they're still looking up hopefully for a powerful Welsh runner.

It's astonishing that Spurs didn't sign a left back in the summer

It is an indication of how good a player Jan Vertonghen is that he can play at left back when he so clearly isn't one. Danny Rose had a great start to the season and convinced AVB to let Benoit Assou-Ekotto leave on loan, but quite why the Cameroonian hasn't been recalled given Rose's extended injury is astounding. It also impacts the central defensive strength of the team, as the team are missing a player voted in the Premier League's top two in that position last year. If there was ever any chance of Fabio Coentrao being included in the Bale deal, Spurs should have snatched Real's hand off. Expect the team to look a lot more settled once Rose returns. 

Time to ditch Dawson?

One player that may have benefitted from that reluctance to sign another left-back is Michael Dawson, at times well off the pace this year. The Spurs captain has seen much fewer target-men going up against him in games, as teams adapt to try and breach Tottenham's high line. Never blessed with pace or acceleration, such a decision to persevere with him when playing this tactic is a little too much like football suicide for my liking. A fit Kaboul, or a central Vertonghen, would be a much more suitable option alongside impressive Romanian Vlad Chiriches.

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Centre Forward: Jose Baxter
Clubs: Everton
- Tranmere
Oldham Athletic
Sheffield United

He was considered at one point to be the next Wayne Rooney, and now he is playing League One football – funny that. He was ever-present in England’s school boy teams, as he proved to be one of the sharpest young strikers, not only in England but the world. Unfortunately, it seems he peaked at 11 and since then become a regular name of League One football, firstly for Oldham and now for Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United.

Likelihood of making Brazil – 1/10

Left Winger: Scott Sinclair
Clubs: Bristol Rovers
- Plymouth
- Charlton Athletic
- Crystal Palace
- Birmingham City
- Wigan Athletic
- Swansea City
- Manchester City
- West Bromwich Albion

The former Chelsea man is one of the most travelled 24-years-old in football, having endured many ups and downs already. He has had numerous period’s in his career where he found himself being raved about, most recently his form at Swansea was key in their promotion, and Premier League consolidation. He eventually signed for Manchester City in 2012 for around £6 million, but found it hard to break through. He is now on-loan at West Bromwich Albion, who paid around £2 million for his services for the year. Unless, he has a ridiculously strong second half to the season, he is unlikely to make the England squad.

Likelihood of making Brazil – 6/10 

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