England will head to Rio de Janiero facing a tough group in the upcoming 2014 World Cup. The Three Lions’ defence will be tested against the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani after England drew Uruguay in Group D. They will also be up against the Italians who knocked Roy Hodgson’s side out of Euro 2012. The group is completed with Costa Rica who are no doubt the underdogs in arguably the group of death.
With England’s domestic season roaring to a conclusion with almost no difference at the top and bottom of the table. We take a look at who will be vying for their chance to fly to Brazil.
Joe Hart (Manchester City)
John Ruddy (Norwich)
Fraser Forster (Celtic)
Ben Foster (West Brom)
Jack Butland (Stoke)
David Stockdale (Fulham)
England’s number one despite a shaky start to the season will no doubt be Joe Hart. The shot-stopper was dropped by Manuel Pellegrini and replaced by Costel Pantillimon in between the sticks after a poor run of form. However since returning, he has recovered his good form to secure his position as Englands top goalkeeper.
His under-studies for the trip to Brazil remains unclear. John Ruddy is expected to travel following another solid season with Norwich. Fraser Forster remains the favourite to join them with his exploits at Celtic attracting interest Barcelona.
Other keepers such as Ben Foster, Jack Butland and David Stockdale remain outsiders for a seat on the plane but will still be in Hodgson’s mind when he decides his squad.