With the latest round of Premier League action complete, it’s time for us to update our feature naming the starting England World Cup side based on performances from the weekend and Monday night games.
While some players may be dead certainties to start at the World Cup, the point of this feature is to reward those who have put in the best performances most recently.
The side last week was: Hart, Johnson, Stones, Cahill, Baines, Sterling, Gerrard, Barry, Milner, Puncheon, Lambert.
Here’s our side for this week.
GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Hart keeps his place in the side as his Manchester City side ran out comfortable winners in their game against West Brom.
RB – Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
Johnson retains his place again as Liverpool moved five points clear in the Premier League title race. He needs to improve defensively before the start of the actual tournament.
CB – John Stones (Everton)
Stones continues to play well against the best sides in the Premier League and some of the best attacking players. He looked comfortable dealing with Wayne Rooney.
CB – Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Cahill has definitely had better performances than the one he showed against Sunderland, but there weren’t too many standout defensive displays from Englishmen to replace him.
LB – Leighton Baines (Everton)
Baines will definitely be an option for Roy Hodgson when the tournament in Brazil starts. Defensively he seems as good as ever and he provides great attacking support on the left.
RM – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
Sterling’s pace down the right is like lightning and he’s adding a good finishing game to his list of attributes.
CM – Gareth Barry (Everton)
Barry controlled things well against Manchester United and made it very difficult for David Moyes’ men to move the ball through Everton’s defence quickly.
CM – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Gerrard retains his place after showing great leadership skills in the game against Norwich. Heads started to drop when the Canaries came back into the game but he kept his side motivated.
LM – Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur)
Lennon was difficult for Fulham to keep quiet in the game at White Hart Lane. He’s as quick as any player in the league and his final ball seems to be getting more consistent.
ST – Connor Wickham (Sunderland)
The perfect illustration of why we run this feature; Wickham was superb against Chelsea and difficult for the Blues to contain but he’s unlikely to make the actual squad this summer.
ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Rooney was not great against Everton but with a lack of decent performances elsewhere and Daniel Sturridge injured, he sneaks back into the team.