There is plenty of debate concerning the centre of the England defence. This time last year, people were talking about the partnership of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand as being one of the best in international football.
Backed up by the reliable Matthew Upson, it seemed this was not a problem.
However, fast forward twelve months and it is a position of major worry. John Terry had a very poor World Cup, and his form had begun to drop even before then, following the revelations about his private life.
Rio Ferdinand was barely able to string a run of games together last season following a series of injuries, eventually missing the World Cup altogether.
Matthew Upson's reputation has hardly been enhanced by a distinctly average season.
This leaves problems at the back. Two men that should be given the chance to make the step-up are Phil Jagielka and Michael Dawson.
Jagielka was unfortunate to miss much of last season following a long-term injury suffered ahead of the 2009 FA Cup Final.
However, his performances before and since that injury have been excellent, and his form has prompted interest from Arsenal.
Michael Dawson has been tipped for the top for many years without really fulfilling his potential.
However, his form last season was impressive, winning the captaincy of Tottenham, as well as being named their player of the year. Carlos Tevez even called him the best English defender.
Gary Cahill has developed rapidly since joining Bolton from Aston Villa. Interest from Arsenal has been forthcoming, but he has remained at Bolton for now. He also has a useful knack of getting goals from his position.
Ryan Shawcross, Ledley King, and Matthew Upson would rank among the other options, but King and Upson have had their opportunities and have hardly shone. Rio Ferdinand is still injured and misses out on this squad.
Recommended Picks: Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton) and Ryan Shawcross (Stoke)