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England: World Cup Lineup Prediction (March)

England: World Cup Lineup Prediction (March)

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Roy Hodgson's England squad for the 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil is the most competitive it has been for many, many years. With that in mind, here is a projection of the 11 men who will play in that opening game for the Three Lions against Italy. The formation is likely to be a 4-2-3-1, but Hodgson commonly allows his side to alternate between 4-3-3 and 4-4-2.

GK - Joe Hart

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GK - Joe Hart

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Joe Hart may have had a poor start to the season, but he is easily England's best keeper.

RB - Glen Johnson

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RB - Glen Johnson

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Kyle Walker may be the younger and more exciting option, but I feel Hodgson will go for experience in this position. That, combined with poor club performances from Walker means Johnson will be set for a second consecutive World Cup starting place.

CB - Phil Jageilka

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CB - Phil Jageilka

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Despite having missed recent games with injury for both club and country, Phil Jagielka will be ready for the World Cup, meaning Hodgson will surely stick with him.

CB - Gary Cahill

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CB - Gary Cahill

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Despite Chris Smalling and Phil Jones being potential future England regulars, Cahill will be given the chance to play at the World Cup. He is easily England's best available centre-back.

LB - Luke Shaw

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LB - Luke Shaw

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There is a good chance young 18-year-old Luke Shaw will be given the chance to start at the World Cup, mainly because England are looking to the future, but also because Shaw is quickly becoming one of England's best left-backs.

CDM - Steven Gerrard

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CDM - Steven Gerrard

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Hodgson won't take any risks with his experienced captain. Gerrard is a hub that Hodgson seems to be building around.

CDM - Jordan Henderson

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CDM - Jordan Henderson

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Hodgson may well go with the Liverpool combination of Jordan Henderson alongside Gerrard in the midfield. It's worked extremely well at club level, and the energy and improvement of Henderson this season means he'll likely start in Manaus for the opening game.

RM - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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RM - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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His performances for Arsenal against the very best clubs have been very impressive. Hodgson will have faith in the 20-year-old and give him a starting place in England's roster, which will need his counterattacking traits.

CF - Wayne Rooney

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CF - Wayne Rooney

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Many players can play in the attacking roles, but few can truly play as a number 10 at a World Cup. Love him or hate him, Wayne Rooney can.

LM - Adam Lallana

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LM - Adam Lallana

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After having performed admirably for Southampton all season long, Hodgson will give the left midfield place to Adam Lallana. England must keep the ball more, and Lallana is the type of player who can do that.

ST - Daniel Sturridge

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ST - Daniel Sturridge

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The second-highest goal scorer in the Premier League this season is Daniel Sturridge. With his pace and ability to also play on the wing, Hodgson will pick Sturridge as his man to lead the line.