The 5 Players Who Least Deserve A Place In England’s World Cup Squad

So Roy Hodgson has shown his hand and named his provisional list of 23 players to play for England at the World Cup, plus seven standbys.

The squad contains household names and mainstays of the team such as Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Joe Hart, but what about those who are only there to make up the numbers?

Here are the five who are lucky to be on the plane.


Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Presumably picked because of a lack of alternatives who can ‘operate’ at both right-back and centre-back, defender Smalling gets into the squad despite a poor season at Manchester United.

Of course he wasn’t alone in that, but his poor control, sloppy passing and questionable positioning will hardly fill England fans with confidence.


Phil Jones (Manchester United)

Like Smalling, Jones is another who has barely impressed this season but is at least able to play in a variety of different positions.

In an attempt to justify the huge £16.5m outlay he sent to Blackburn for his services in 2011, Sir Alex Ferguson once claimed that Jones has the capabilities to go on and be Manchester United’s greatest ever player.

Presumably he’s taking his time before proving his former manager right. Yeah, that’s definitely it.


Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

A harsh inclusion here perhaps, as Wilshere is undoubtedly a gifted performer when he’s fully fit, it’s just that no-one can remember when that last was.

The Arsenal midfielder possess the ability to drive at opponents and of course he can also stay composed under pressure, but none of that will be any good to Hodgson when he’s laid up on the treatment table after his first training session.


Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Plenty claimed that Hodgson’s exclusion of Ashley Cole was a signal that he was ushering out the old guard and bringing in the new, but then he’s completely ignored that suggestion by picking Lampard.

The Chelsea man will turn 36 during the tournament, and just claiming that he’s there to provide a wise old head or even to take a penalty isn’t good enough.

Besides, he surely would prefer to spend the summer at home with Christine wouldn’t he?  


Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

We’re not picking on Manchester United here, but they really did have a shocker of a season, so much so that their third or fourth choice forward really shouldn’t be rewarded with a call-up.

Jermain Defoe may have harmed his chances by bizarrely heading off to Toronto in mid-season but wouldn’t you trust him to score a vital goal ahead of Welbeck? And the same can be said for Andy Carr… okay maybe not, but you get our drift.


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