From London to Rio - Who is fighting for their ticket to Brazil - Midfielders
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.
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
James Milner (Manchester City)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Tom Cleverly (Manchester United)
Gareth Barry (Everton)
Adam Johnson (Sunderland)
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
Liverpool maestro and England captain Steven Gerrard will lead his side out and will no doubt be on the plane. It is unclear whether he will adopt a similar role to his new position at Liverpool as a deep lying midfielder. In the engine room, Jack Wilshere of Arsenal and Michael Carrick of Manchester United will be relied on to pull the strings and provide support to the forwards. James Milner should be called upon to provide experience in the midfield ranks.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard should also make the pick but could struggle to make the starting eleven. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed last time when on international duty and returned from injury with two goals against Crystal Palace and is a favourite of Hodgson to provide pace and power to the midfield. Jordan Henderson is also expected to be joining them after a great season with Liverpool that has seen him win over the Anfield faithful with some fantastic determined performances for the Reds.
Everton playmaker Ross Barkley is also to be considered with his dribbling and trickery potentially a great option to have against teams that England will struggle to break down. His toffee’s team-mate Gareth Barry could also be in with a look-in following his recent resurgence at Goodison Park. Adam Johnson could fill the void left by Theo Walcott and has impressed for Sunderland in recent weeks. Southampton’s Adam Lallana was welcomed into the international fold last year and could be a contender to make a return in Rio.
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