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Pick your England starting XI - Midfielders

10 Jun 2010 10:36:52

Pick your England starting XI - Midfielders

Yesterday we gave you the chance to vote for your first-choice England back-four to start against the USA.

- World Cup mini-site

Your votes have been counted and verified and we can reveal that you would like to see the following players line-up in front of Joe Hart in goal.

RB Glen Johnson

CB John Terry

CB Ledley King

LB Ashley Cole

Today we concentrate on the midfield, bringing you a look at the eight hopefuls vying for a place in Fabio Capello's starting XI.

We're sticking with a 4-4-2 formation so get yourself over to our Facebook hub (Click here to join) to vote for your preferred four.

Gareth Barry

A regular under Capello, Barry excelled in the holding midfield role during qualification.

Although back in full training, the ankle injury which ruled him out for the last month could scupper his chances of a start on Saturday.

Joe Cole

An England regular for five years before picking up a serious injury in 2009, Cole has struggled to find form for both club and country over the past 18 months.

Having won a place in Fabio's final 23, he has upped his game in recent friendlies and could now be the most natural option on the left flank.

- England News

Frank Lampard

Generally seen as one of the first names on the team-sheet, Lampard enters the World Cup on the back of another outstanding season for Chelsea.

With 20 goals from his 78 caps, Frank's goal-scoring instincts could be a major weapon in South Africa.

James Milner

One of the most impressive midfielders in the Premier League last term, Milner has proven himself to be adept both out wide and through the middle.

Rumours of a big money move to Manchester City will need to be ignored if he is to shine for the Three Lions.

Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool skipper endured a poor season by his high standards but still has the ability, passion and drive to play a big part for England this summer.

Often stuck out on the left-wing, many fans feel he must play centrally if we are to see his best form. 

Aaron Lennon

Had just begun to establish himself as England's first-choice right-winger before picking up a serious groin injury midway through last season.

Blessed with electrifying pace, Lennon could add a new dynamic to the side if picked.

- World Cup Gossip

Michael Carrick

With rumours about Scott Parker's great performances in training, Carrick's selection came as somewhat of a surprise to some.

But with 22 caps to his name, the Manchester United man could provide some much-needed experience if called upon.

Shaun Wright-Phillips

Another surprise pick, Wright-Phillips was widely expected to be left out in place of Arsenal's Theo Walcott.

As a natural wide player with pace, the former Chelsea man will add to Fabio's midfield options.

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