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Who should Roy Hodgson pick for England’s World Cup squad?

May 9, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT

Brazil Soccer WCup Draw

On Monday, May 12, Roy Hodgson will name his provisional 30-man England squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.

Like every national team manager right about now, the Three Lions’ boss has plenty of tough choices to make.

So, let’s make it easier for Roy.

England currently possess a fine crop of young talent and would be daft not to use that to augment their experienced players down in Brazil this summer. We all know every single nation goes into the tournament dreaming of lifting the trophy but at times you have to look to the future and that’s exactly what England should do in Brazil. If the likes of Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling get the chance to shine in Brazil, the future is bright for England.

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Hodgson will name his 30-man squad from a Vauxhall motor factory in Luton, Hertfordshire on Monday afternoon (you read that right) and then he has to whittle it down to 23 before the squad jets off to Brazil. Bearing in mind there are injuries to players like Theo Walcott, Andros Townsend, Jay Rodriguez and others, here is who I would take to the World Cup if I was England manager.

Why don’t you have a go in the comments section below, too. It’s a pretty fun time.

JPW’s 23-MAN ENGLAND SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Fraser Forster

Defenders: Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Leighton Baines

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Frank Lampard, Ross Barkley

Strikers: Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Rickie Lambert

  1. cuppyjo - May 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Assuming he’s fit, I’d take Jordan Henderson over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  2. cuppyjo - May 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    If he’s fit to play, I’d take Jordan Henderson over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

  3. navyeoddavee9 - May 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    John Stones over Phil Jones

  4. navyeoddavee9 - May 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I think Hodgson will also take a hard look at Gareth Barry

  5. cfutch - May 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Defoe over Lambert

  6. shanar2014 - May 10, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    While I stand corrected, Ben Foster, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Luke Shaw, Leighton Baines, Jack Wilshere, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, James Milner, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge as your starting lineup.

    • bchsom16 - May 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      How do Baines and Shaw start together?

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