Steven Gerrard (c), Liverpool
Captain fantastic Gerrard is Roy Hodgson's go-to guy, and he's moulded his 4-3-3 formation around the Liverpool midfielder to ensure he can dictate play and have a constant effect on the game. It will be his final World Cup and his second as captain, so he'll wear the shirt with pride.
Frank Lampard, Chelsea
Lampard is at risk of losing his spot in the England squad given his reduced influence on the team, and for some fans he doesn't warrant a seat on the plane. We think he'll go, as Hodgson loves a safe and experienced bet, and at the end of the day he's still a very talented player.
Michael Carrick, Manchester United
Hodgson has been taking a lot of flack on Twitter for not using Michael Carrick, but he started him against Poland and reaped the rewards. The former Tottenham man is by far the best keep-ball midfielder England have at their disposal and could play a crucial role in Brazil.
Ross Barkley, Everton
If Barkley continues his exponential growth this season, there's no way Hodgson can leave him out of the 23-man setup. He's physical, technical, fast and uncompromising in his defensive work; the complete midfielder.
Jack Wilshere, Arsenal
The battle to start in the midfield three is heating up, and with Carrick emerging, Wilshere could falter. It's clear Hodgson trusts him and will want to involve him, but who will it be at the expense of?