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What the England National Team Will Look Like At World Cup 2014

It is never easy being an England fan. The side seems to be either woefully underperforming, in the middle of scandals or suffering from just sheer bad luck. Being an England supporter really should come with a health warning.

For generations England have promised so much yet delivered so little. The current incumbent lot seem just another run of the mill England team — bags of potential but failing to fulfil.

But do not despair my dear people, the future is bright, very bright. As you’re about to see, the team England might put out in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup could bring back the glory days, well the glory day of ’66. We know for a fact that Capello is on his way out and the current squad isn’t exactly full of spring chickens. Lampard, Ferdinand, Cole, Barry and Terry will all most probably be past their sell by dates come Brazil.

So who will be pulling on the three lions come 2014? Let’s look into the future to envision the team and how what age they’ll be during the summer of 2014:


Joe Hart, 27
Lets face it. Joe Hart has been a revelation. Not since the days of Seaman have England had someone as reliable between the sticks. His enthusiasm to put on an England shirt is something rarely seen in today’s game.

Right Back

Micah Richards, 26
He seems to have been around forever but he’s only 22. For many, he should be Capello’s first choice right back but he struggles to make it on the pitch. Since bursting on to the scene, Richards has worked tirelessly to improve his game. His blistering pace, coupled with his ever improving defending, singles him out as England’s right back of the future.

Center Back

Phil Jones, 23
Already a key component in Sir Alex’s tilt at another title. And amazingly he is only 19. The youngster has shown bags of talent at Blackburn and now at United. Under Ferguson’s stewardship the sky really is the limit. He looks at home on the big stage following his £16.5m move and will probably be key to England in Poland and Ukraine in 2012 as well as Brazil.

Center Back

Chris Smalling, 24
Jones’ team mate at United has had a steady yet impressive start to life at Manchester United. Tall and deceptively strong the former Fulham star possesses all the attributes to be a top player. He is hungry to succeed as well, having risen from non-league football to the international stage. This hunger is exactly what England needs, someone who knows what it means to the fans.

Left Back

Kieran Gibbs, 24
Ok so when I said the future looks really bright, I may have fibbed about the left back slot. Not that Kieran Gibbs is not talented because he sure has the potential to be a good player but whether or not he is international class is questionable. He also has a hard act to follow in Ashley Cole. Gibbs is one of a plethora of left backs that could be in the slot come 2014 with Leighton Baines (30) still knocking on the door as well as Stephen Warnock (33).

Right Midfielder

James Milner, 28
The versatile midfielder should be his pomp when the next World Cup occurs. Capable of whipped crosses reminiscent of the great Beckham (all hail) and killer through balls, Milner should give England the edge when push comes to shove. His versatility makes him key to England who have been cursed with rigid formations and tactics for too long.

Central Midfielder

Jack Wilshere, 23
The future captain of England. No doubt about it. Maybe not in 2014 but definitely in the future. Wilshere is the brightest young light in English football. His vision is not dissimilar to that of Xavi or Iniesta. His composure on the ball already at just 19 singles him out to be one of the players of his generation. But, like so many other English superstars, utilising that talent and turning club form into the England set up is a whole different kettle of fish.

Central Midfielder

Jack Rodwell, 23
The midfield rock that England have been missing for some time now. The Everton academy graduate is not afraid to pull his sleeves up and get stuck in. His holding ability in the centre of the park is the perfect foil for Wilshere’s more creative side. If only Capello could see that these two Jacks are the future of English football and give them some game time.

Left Midfielder

Ashley Young, 29
In recent years England have struggled with the left winger role. However, the future here is very bright with a number of talented players trying to lay claim to the place. Young has been in exceptional form for Manchester United since his summer move from Aston Villa and should be on the plane to Brazil come 2014. Just like Milner on the other flank, Young should be at his peak and with his startling pace and eye for the spectacular you would back him to make an impression on the world’s biggest stage.


Wayne Rooney, 28
The one, the only Wayne Rooney. Who else? This boy ain’t half special. But how special will the man become? Rooney is a phenomenal player at the moment and in 2014 the then 28 year old will (hopefully) be mature both on and off the field. No silly kicks at Montenegrin’s, no late night rendezvous with people he shouldn’t be with. We hope. A Rooney in form could win England the World Cup. Unfortunately for us, Rooney never seems to turn up at the big international tournaments. Hopefully Euro 2012 can pave the way for Rooney to fulfil his promise at international level.


Andy Carroll, 24
Who to pair with Rooney is a tricky one, and one that could shape England’s chances. However, sticking Carroll up there with Rooney guarantees goals. A beast in the air and with clinical finishing skills, there is no reason Carroll couldn’t rival Rooney for supremacy. One does fear that Carroll’s £35m price tag could hold his progress back though.

Other ones to watch:

England’s defence will have a solid look about especially when the likes of Gary Cahill (28) can’t make the team (in my eyes). By 2014 England should also have Stokes’s centre back Ryan Shawcross (26) in contention as well. The midfield is also shaping up to have an exciting look to it with the likes of Jordan Henderson (24), Ross Barkley (20), Josh McEachran (21) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (20) all looking like being top quality players. Up front as well the likes of Theo Walcott (24) and Danny Welbeck (23) continue to bring excitement to Wembley.

So if a 2-2 draw with Montenegro has left you feeling blue. Do not fear! England are in a prime position to take on the world. We just need a manger who can actually speak English…

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  1. Pete

    June 25, 2012 at 9:18 am


    —————————————————-Walker Cahill Terry Cole———————————————————————–

    ————————————————————McEachran Wilshere——————————————————————————

    ———————————————————Sturridge Rooney Welbeck———————————————————————–

  2. taylor

    June 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

    goalkeepers: Hart, butland, ruddy
    defenders: richards, walker, cahill, jones, smalling, terry, gibbs, bains
    midfielders: rodwell, wilshere, cleverly, milner, McEachran
    strikers: walcott, rooney,oxlade, welbeck, sturridge, carroll

    the golden generation has come to an end now and this new team could be better, i dont want to get to hyped up as everyone always does as soon as we qualify for anything!

    we need to stop picking the veterans like gerrard terry lampard ferdinhand barry parker. and start replacing them with new players:
    gerrard – cleverly
    terry – cahill
    lampard – McEachran
    ferdinhand – smalling/jones
    barry – rodwell
    parker – wilshere (c)

    i think wilshere will be our best player since gerrard, not saying much since gerrard is still playing but look at the talent of gerrard and the talent of wilshere id love to see them two in the same team for a couple of years to give wilshere experience and then he can take over as captain. we arent looking to go and win the 2014 world cup in brazil but it could be a massive stepping stone to a great team and one to compete with the likes of germany, spain france, italy, portugal, argentina, brazil and another up and coming team belguim.

  3. new england

    October 28, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I agree England have a very bright future in international football in the next 3 years building up to Brazil but they will need to get a few essential components right in my view: –

    a) employ an English manager who will introduce and develop a consistent style of play, i.e. a fast paced possession and pressing game
    b) pick players with the heart and desire to play for the country and allow them the time/caps to gain experience
    c) tone down the expectations of the team.

    Key players for England going forward into WCs 2014 are Hart, Terry, Milner, Rooney. This is the new spine.I would pick Milner to be the new captain of this young squad. He has all the ingredients of a leader. Committed, intelligent and a winner. The next manager I think will have an excellent group of young/ish players to work with and mould in 2014 qualifying. Ideally, I would want to pick this squad to play a 4-3-3 or variant for WC 2014 qualifying.

    GK: Hart, Carson, Rudd

    Defenders: Richards, Walker, Cole, Baines, Terry, Cahill, Shawcross, Smalling

    Midfielders: P. Jones, Rodwell, Milner, Wilshere, Cleverley

    Forwards: Walcott Chamberlain Sturridge, Wellbeck, Rooney, Young

    Some comments: I would stop picking Ferdinand, Gerrard, Parker, Carrick, Barry, Lampard, Defoe, Bent and Crouch. Younger players need their chance and the new manager needs some cahones to trust the talent he has coming through and implement a modern possession/pressing game. I would continue to include Cole and Terry for their ability and experience. Rooney’s importance to the team will be down-played. He is burdened and constricted by the expectations on his shoulders. I would not include Carroll in the plan as he is so clearly a one-dimensional player. My new England team to start 2014 qualifiers in a fluid 4-3-3 is as follows. Doesn’t it look impressive with full of potential! All we would need is the right manager!! Maybe I should apply!


    —————————————————-Richards Cahill Terry Cole———————————————————————–

    ————————————————————Milner Wilshere——————————————————————————

    ——————————————————Sturridge Rooney Young———————————————————————–

  4. FootballFanatic

    October 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    With the exception of a few players I completely disagree with that team, of course nobody can say who will be in the England WC Squad for 2014 because the manager could adopt a whole new system, players can get injured, lose form, messed up private life or simply disliked by the manager… we might not even make the world cup. Anyway here is my team.

    GK Joe Hart – Probably will be the only playing Champions League football regulary and on a Top 4 PL team. Best english goalkeeper now and closest player to him is retired Ben Foster.

    RB Kyle Walker – Great going forward and a solid defender, put him over Richards because he is more of a modern full back he is better technically and is more of a goal threat.

    CB Phil Jones – Best England defender since Tony Adams maybe not the tallest but a great tackler and reader of the game and superb technically.

    CB Chris Smaling – Future of England and Man Uniteds central defence will Phil Jones, composed, tall, strong, quick.

    LB Ryan Bertrand – Ashley Cole is keeping him out of the Chesea team and maybe even the England great player in the same mould of Ashley Cole.

    CM Tom Huddlestone – Playing deep for England a good passer and can score a few rockets.

    CM Jack Wilshere – Most gifted english player since Rooney maybe and if he stays clear of injury and out of trouble can probably be on par with Scholes, Gascoigne, Gerrard.

    CM Tom Cleverley – Clever player (no pun intended), hardworking, great vision, gets forward, versatile and can score the odd goal.

    RW Alex Chamberlain – Similar to Walcott in athleticism but more of a naturally gifted footballer, great composure, finisher, passer and reading of the game.

    LW Ashley Young – Score and creates goals and hopefully will establish himself as a world class player.

    CF Wayne Rooney – On his day he is the best central forward in the world without a doubt he does everything.

    Other names Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Michael Dawson Gabby Agbonlahor, Wilfried Zaha, Carlton Cole, Jordan Henderson, Jack Rodwell, Micah Richards, Jack Robinson, Martin Kelly, Ryan Shawcross, Gary Cahill, Adam Johnson, Stewart Downing, Fabrice Muamba, Ross Barkley, Josh McEarchan, Craig Dawson, Matthew Briggs, Ben Amos, Henri Lansbury, Ravel Morrison, Nathan Delfouneso, Connor Wickham, Steven Taylor, Mark Noble, Lee Cattermole, Andy Caroll.

    Can’t wait for the oldies to go they’ve had too many chances Gerrard and Cole are world class players but they are used to failure.

    Aaron Lennon is so inconsistent and doesn’t appear to have any passion for the game.

    Theo Walcott once he pace goes I think he would be as useless as Crouch would be if he was 5 inches shorter. Walcott is so predictable I reckon I could have a good game against him because all you need to do is match his pace.

    This is my opinion and I had fun doing it don’t take it to heart if you disagree and sorry about the bad grammar 😛

  5. Andyb

    October 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I wouldn’t be excited about this team if I was English, overrated young players just 2 years older.

  6. Simon Farnsworth

    October 18, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Well guys it seems that my decision to include Mr Carroll was unamiously damned! I agree with you all that Sturridge is a quality player and should have been included somewhere. Whether he gets enough first team football will be an issue for the future but I do agree he will most probably become key for England. As for Cleverley he is defiantly the biggest threat to Rodwell and his development over the last few years has been rapid. Staying injury free and playing first team football will be his main problem.

    Budi, have you heard the phrase if you’re good enough you’re old enough? Granted the future England manager might to be as brave as to play a back four with an average of 24 but this was a look into the next generation of English football. The England side needs young blood, passion in the shirt and the “youngsters” will bring it. By 2014 they would all have been seasoned pros at the top level. As for Gibbs, who else will be in the left back slot come Brazil?

    Adam Johnson on the left wing is another very good shout. He is a top player and should be flying down the wing in 2014. A move away from Eastlands would be beneficial for him.

    The problem with Lennon and Walcott is their final ball. They both have blistering pace but when it comes to decision making they are woefully lacking. Hopefully time will improve this as they both have mass potential.

    We can all disagree but we can all see that the future is bright!

  7. budi

    October 18, 2011 at 12:48 am

    seriously Mr. Fansworth do you really believe england will field back four with average age of 24? they will be sent packing on the group stage

    some of your choices are shocking… line up containing milner, gibbs, and rodwell do not deserve to be called as a very bright future… it looks bleak mate… might as well put hargreaves’ name there

  8. PaulfromMiami

    October 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Andy Carroll??? HAHAHAHHAA…… nuff said. Welbeck and Sturridge both are way better than Carroll.

    Milner is only “OK” in the middle. I’d rather have Lennon, Johnson, Downing or Walcott in his place.

  9. Brad

    October 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Agree with pretty much all of this article, Wilshire looks very promising, and Carroll has plenty of potential to be an exceptional player by 2014.
    The team is shaping up to be far more promising than it has in a long time.

  10. Pete

    October 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Where’s Adam Johnson? He’s 24 now and should be at his peak by 2014

    My Team for 2014


    Richards Smalling Jones Gibbs

    Johnson Wilshire McEachran Young



  11. Peter

    October 17, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I’m glad you included Welbeck, but I feel that there’s still one glaringly obvious player missing from this roster: Tom Cleverly. I think if he continues to to grow as he has over the past couple of years, he’ll start right alongside Wilshere.

  12. hart

    October 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Daniel Sturridge is much better than Andy Carroll. And I’m a Liverpool fan. Sturridge, Defoe and Bent are higher up the pecking order to partner Rooney. Even Welbeck is better than Carroll right now. Of course with Rooney suspended for the group stage it will be interesting to see how England line up. I think they will play with Defoe as the lone striker with Gerard just behind him.

  13. Tom

    October 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Given time, Carroll will devlop into a world class player. He just needs to sort out his supposedly wild lifestyle. He obviously isn’t the same type of player as Rooney but I agree with Simon that in time he could challenge Rooney to be the first name on the team sheet. His finishing is very good, not clinical yet but lets remember he is still young and plenty of time to improve. And with the wide play of Young and Milner he will be brilliant at attacking their crosses

  14. CTBlues

    October 17, 2011 at 9:37 am

    What about Danny Sturridge? He puts Raggedy Andy to shame.

  15. Ryan

    October 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Look, I love me some Liverbirds, but Andy Carroll is NOT a clinical finisher and will NEVER rival Rooney for supremacy.

  16. Eric

    October 17, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Sturridge, Welbeck and Cleverley are notable absentees as previously pointed out.

    If Wilshere is going to excel, as well as the England squad, the ball has got to played on the floor and Carroll does not fit. Welbeck and Sturridge can operate from the wings and cut inside, but Carroll does pose a different threat coming from the bench.

  17. Bishopville Red

    October 17, 2011 at 9:05 am

    No Tom Cleverley? Between him and Rodwell, only one has done much of anything in the last 18 months. In face, as son as Rodwell was linked with Manchester United, he faded. That might be a good indicator of whether or not he’s up to that next level of challenge.

    Wilshere could be a captain based on his play, but based on how he’s behaved on Facebook and Twitter, not to mention the pitch, he has some serious growing up to do. Same reason why Rooney isn’t captain material – hot temper, sense of entitlement, = needs to be guided, not guider.

    I also have no interest in a striker who can’t score, no matter how “big and English” he is. Carroll out.

    Kieran Gibbs needs to prove he can stay healthy for more than 3 matches before I’d bother taking him across the street, let alone to Brazil.

  18. evan

    October 17, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Agree 100% about Richards.
    The right back spot should be his now, let alone at the 2014 world cup.

  19. Jonathan

    October 17, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Yeah you totally forgot Daniel Sturridge. Give him a full run this season with chelsea and Carroll can forget his england career.

  20. Prayag

    October 17, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Tom Cleverley!

  21. wira

    October 17, 2011 at 5:42 am

    You forgot daniel sturridge

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