5 English Youngsters Roy Hodgson Should Take to the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 27, 2013

5 English Youngsters Roy Hodgson Should Take to the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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    As England stutter toward FIFA World Cup qualification—quite possibly through the playoffs—the English public are left disgruntled once more at the performances on the pitch.

    The draw in Montenegro represented a typical England showing. It was great for 45 minutes, and torrid for 45 minutes.

    Whoever's to blame, fans are becoming increasingly disgruntled, and can't help but look to the German standard set by Joachim Loew, Matthias Sammer, Christian Seifert and company.

    Throw the youngsters (alongside carefully placed experience) in and see how they cope. The last decade has been woefully disappointing, so let's try something new.

    Whether it's a strategy the English FA will ever bite on remains to be seen. Either way, here are five players who Roy Hodgson should take to Brazil.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    It was a real surprise to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain omitted from the starting lineup against Montenegro.

    He played exceptionally well in England's 8-0 destruction of San Marino, and although the opposition was a complete minnow, his performance should have been rewarded with another 90 minutes.

    Roy Hodgson showed cajones throwing him in against France at Euro 2012. He should have done the same against the Brave Falcons.

Steven Caulker

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    Steven Caulker may be in and out of the Tottenham side, but he's definitely surpassed expectations since returning from Swansea City.

    Andre Villas-Boas has been very sensible in managing the youngster's playing time, but Roy Hodgson doesn't have to take the same approach.

    Caulker shows huge potential and, for many, is a staple in England's long-term plan at centre-back. Get him in the squad on a consistent basis, even if he's not playing each and every time. 

Daniel Sturridge

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    Daniel Sturridge essentially wasted two years at Chelsea.

    He never got a look, despite Fernando Torres' failings, and has had to wait until now to prove what a great player he is.

    Liverpool took a big risk in signing him this January, but he's showing enough in his game for us to believe he's an all-round threat as well as a good finisher.

    The Three Lions' striking options are short—get this man the starting experience necessary for him to be a factor at the World Cup.

Jack Cork

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    Perhaps a look at Southampton's swelling ranks is in order?

    There are many English talents on show there, including Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez.

    The pick of the bunch is Jack Cork. Together with Morgan Schneiderlin, the 23-year-old has solidified a pass-heavy, secure Saints midfield all season long.

    When Chelsea sold him for just £750,000, it was clear there would be a day they regret it. That day looms large.

Wilfried Zaha

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    Sir Alex Ferguson saw enough raw potential in Wilfried Zaha to buy him for approximately £17 million, and Roy Hodgson has already given him his debut in a friendly.

    There's nothing wrong with taking a wild card to the World Cup, and Zaha seems the perfect man to fulfill that role. He's confident, he's naturally gifted and he's not afraid of a challenge.

    The quiet Theo Walcott did not benefit from his surprise inclusion in Sven-Goran Eriksson's 2006 World Cup squad, but Zaha is a different animal entirely.