Adam Johnson and Roy Hodgson's England Underrated XI

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Adam Johnson and Roy Hodgson's England Underrated XI
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Adam Johnson has made his case for international selection this season with Sunderland.

This week, the Guardian quoted Sunderland and England winger Adam Johnson delivering a particularly damning verdict on his and his lower-table compatriots’ international chances:

“I don't think it really matters how well you're playing, it's who you play for…If you look at the last 10 squads: Southampton have been playing well, they're in the top eight‚ and the rest are Everton, Tottenham, Man United, City, clubs like that.”

Johnson’s suggestion is that Roy Hodgson’s England selection policy is limited by club reputation, which has ostensibly been proven true within recent squads, despite glowing form by some players further down the Premier League table.

Hodgson’s current pool is essentially defined and unbreachable, with Luke Shaw, Jay Rodriguez and Raheem Sterling the only arguably surprising inclusions in his most recent squad, BBC Sport reported.

However, with around a quarter of the Premier League season left to go, there may be time yet for some of the figures on the international periphery to force their way into Hodgson’s World Cup reckoning.

Here is England’s underrated and in-form XI, taken from the Premier League and the Championship.

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