Yesterday Roy Hodgson announced his 30 man squad for next weeks friendly against Denmark, but with only this and another few friendly matches to go till the World Cup, we asses how good this squad would be for the World Cup and whether Roy is likely to pick them.
Squad picked for the Denmark Game:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Jon Ruddy - We think these are the most likely keepers to go to the World Cup and are up to the standard of Brazil.
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Steven Caulker, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker. - This defence is pretty tough at the back and with the inclusion of Luke Shaw we think this will strengthen England's back four for Brazil.
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverly, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere. - The midfielders selected here will bode well for England, with experience from the likes of Lampard and Gerrard but the youth from Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley we expect this midfield to do well, but with unimpressive performances for Utd we don't think Cleverly will be taken to Brazil. Unless Roy has seen something in him we haven't.
Strikers: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck - This strike force has both finishing, skill and power which will provide great assets in Brazil, especially when the likes of Rickie Lambert are included who showed his willingness to fight for England up front during previous games. The only change we believe Hodgson may make to the strikers in the squad for the World Cup is to bring in Andy Carroll.