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English Internationals in the Premier league

The season may not be over yet but it has to go down as one of the best in Premier League history. The football being played is right out of the top drawer, the title race is as close as it could get and there are quite a few candidates for relegation.

But what really intrigues me is the performance of some of the English players.

Steven Gerrard is getting used to playing as the regista which would be hugely beneficial for England. Jack Wilshire is getting some quality game time and is finally putting in the performances worthy of his talent. Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling have lit up Merseyside with some electrifying performances. Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill are part of the stingiest defences in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney seems to be carrying Manchester United on his shoulders and in Daniel Sturridge they seem to have found a finisher who can compliment Rooney’s hold up play. Leighton Baines is more than a capable replacement for Ashley Cole should the later fail to cement his spot in the first team come the end of the season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seems to have found maturity that belies his age. Adam lallana and Luke Shaw would also be have to be considered in the fold to get on the plane to Rio given their recent performances for Southampton.

Of course missing Walcott would be a huge blow but in Chamberlain, Sterling and Townsend Hodgson has a wide variety of options to choose from. The only area of concern remains the right back position and if England can sort that out they certainly have a good chance of making the quarters and beyond.

What is really pleasing is all these clubs are playing good football and that should certainly benefit England whose performances at times have been labelled workman like. It remains to be seen if Roy Hodgson can implement a free flowing style of play or if he goes with the cautious, reserved and much maligned style of play normally associated with his teams.

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  1. Murali manohar

    18 February, 2014 at 07:22

    It surely looks to be a positive for england. However how can jagielka and co even think of stopping a pirlo or a balotelli or a cavani or a suarez. What england needs now is a terry which they r no where near to getting andthats why despite wanting to see england perform well ; i have to conclude that england can’t go beyond the group stages.

  2. Chas Sinclair

    14 March, 2014 at 16:40

    And then we look at the UK players at Man U and our hearts sink into the ground.
    Apart from Rooney all the UK players have stalled in terms of progress. If they are not always injured (Phil Jones) then they are slow, unathletic, lacking in courage and imagination and give every indication that they feel they have “arrived” and do not need to improve anymore.
    How else can one explain the insipid, unfocused attitudes that week after week lead to uninspiring performances and disastrous results?
    They need to go – Cleverley, Smalling, Carrick, Evans, Welbeck, Jones and Young. It is appalling how many resources have been poured into this group of seven and how small has been the return.
    The sad part is that they are all on the England national team. No wonder the team is ranked 15th in the world.
    England will be out of the World Cup in the group stage.

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