England World Cup Roster 2014: Full 30-Man Squad and Starting 11 Projections

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014


Roy Hodgson named England's 23-man World Cup squad—plus his seven stand-by options—on Monday, opting to leave Manchester United's Michael Carrick out of the initial 23 in what was arguably his toughest decision.

Andy Carroll also missed out as Hodgson opted for Southampton's Rickie Lambert during Monday's much-anticipated announcement, as reported by the FA's official website.

Bleacher Report UK also revealed the full selection:

Now, all the attention and speculation turns to one primary question: Who will earn a place in his starting 11?

Will Hodgson unleash England's youth on their rivals in Brazil, or will he rely upon experience under the intense South American heat? The decision to go with youngster Luke Shaw over Ashley Cole indicates the former, but that was just one of several tough calls the England boss must make.

Cole spoke about the decision to leave him off of the roster and the players that will be heading to Brazil on his Twitter account:

Let's take a look at the full 30-man squad, and offer some predictions for Hodgson's starting 11.

Full Squad

England's World Cup 2014 Squad
GKJoe HartManchester City
GKBen FosterWest Brom
GKFraser ForsterCeltic
DFGlen JohnsonLiverpool
DFPhil JagielkaEverton
DFGary CahillChelsea
DFPhil JonesManchester United
DFChris SmallingManchester United
DFLeighton BainesEverton
DFLuke ShawSouthampton
MFSteven GerrardLiverpool
MFJack WilshereArsenal
MFJordan HendersonLiverpool
MFFrank LampardChelsea
MFJames MilnerManchester City
MFRaheem SterlingLiverpool
MFAlex Oxlade-ChamberlainArsenal
MFAdam LallanaSouthampton
MFRoss BarkleyEverton
ATTWayne RooneyManchester United
ATTDaniel SturridgeLiverpool
ATTDanny WelbeckManchester United
ATTRickie LambertSouthampton
The FA
England stand-by options
GKJohn RuddyNorwich
DFJohn StonesEverton
DFJon FlanaganLiverpool
MFMichael CarrickManchester United
MFTom CleverleyManchester United
ATTAndy CarrollWest Ham
ATTJermain DefoeToronto
The FA

Starting 11 Projections

Sang Tan/Associated Press

GK: Joe Hart (Manchester City)

LB: Leighton Baines (Everton)

CB: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

CB: Phil Jagielka (Everton)

RB: Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

CM: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

LM: James Milner (Manchester City)

RM: Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

CF: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Who's In, Who's Out?

Manchester United's poor campaign sees two England regulars miss out, neither of which are particularly surprising.

Carrick, who failed to replicate anywhere near his best form this campaign, will be disappointed to miss out on what is likely his last chance at playing in the World Cup. At 32 years old, the controlling midfielder failed to assert himself under David Moyes, with the tournament arriving one-year too late if we're judging solely on form.

Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

Tom Cleverley, one of England's most heavily mocked players, has played just three times since the end of February, per WhoScored.com. While Hodgson originally favoured the enigmatic midfielder in an advanced role during the early matches of his reign, it's no surprise his lack of form sees him overlooked.

Despite showing signs of versatility throughout his career—being able to play anywhere across the midfield—Cleverley is yet to nail down a role that totally suits his game.

On the contrary, Southampton's fantastic year is highlighted with the inclusion of Adam Lallana, Shaw and Lambert. Shaw is the squad's youngest inclusion at 18, while Lambert completes a remarkable rise up the tiers of English football to enter his first major tournament at 32, at the expense of West Ham's Carroll.

Paul Heyward of The Daily Telegraph gave his thoughts on the squad as a whole:

Tactical Dilemmas

Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

Much of the starting England XI should be predictable, but there will be serious questions over certain positions for Hodgson.

For one, is Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere the right midfield axis? With Carrick only on stand-by, it appears this pairing will look to provide the answer to a long-term problem area for England.

The combination of Gerrard and Wilshere would provide fluidity, with the pinpoint passing and organisation of Gerrard complemented by the box-to-box movement and ball control of Wilshere.

If Hodgson seeks alternatives, Jordan Henderson provides the type of energy that is offered by few other central midfielders in the squad, while Frank Lampard will always have a goal in him.

There will be questions out wide, as well. Both Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have made a strong case for their insertions into the squad, and Hodgson has also shown a preference for utilising Danny Welbeck on the left in the past. 

Andros Townsend misses out through injury, and his likely replacement in the starting XI will be Liverpool's in-form speedster Raheem Sterling, who showed incredible maturity during the Reds' Premier League title bid.

James Milner, meanwhile, provides a reliable option down either flank and has never let Hodgson down. He and Sterling would offer England the greatest balance.

Sang Tan/Associated Press

Hodgson has options. He can use a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3, although a forward pairing of Daniel Sturridge with Rooney playing in the hole seems like a given.

Finally, it seems this will be the year Leighton Baines finally takes over as England's left-back, surpassing the now-retired Cole. Given the Chelsea man's exceptional international career, it is the first of several potential gambles Hodgson could take over the next couple of months.


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