Players from Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, West Ham and Norwich City still have a chance of going to Brazil despite not being capped yet.
In just over a weeks time we will know whether England have managed to win their World Cup Qualifying group and automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
If as expected they do qualify (barring a dire performance which would see Hodgson join Graham Taylor and Steve McClaren in an unpopular group), then there is still time for a few uncapped players in England to impress the manager and jump onto that plane to Brazil. In the list below I have omitted Andros Townsend and Fraser Forster who despite being uncapped have featured in the last few squads, so I have therefore looked further afield.
Danny Rose – 23-years-old – Tottenham Hotspur
Danny Rose burst onto the scene in April 2010, when on his first start for Spurs he scored a glorious thunderbolt of a volley that helped them on their way to a 2-1 victory over rivals Arsenal. Since then he has played a more defensive role currently occupying the left-back position for his club. With Benoit Assou-Ekotto out on loan at QPR, he could cement that place this season. He was one of Sunderland’s star performers last year in an otherwise miserable season for the Mackems. Obviously he has huge competition for a place in the England squad with Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines key players, but were one of them to be injured it would be a straight fight between Rose and Kieran Gibbs. The fact Rose can play a bit further forward could give himself the edge and Hodgson the extra option.
Adam Lallana – 25-years-old – Southampton
Adam Lallana has been key to Southampton’s rise back up the divisions from League 1. It was in that league that he established himself and went on to score 20 goals in the 2009-2010 season following in Matt Le Tissier’s boots; the last midfielder to do so for the club. He again proved a vital cog in Southampton’s midfield engine when in the Championship scoring a further 11 goals as they secured promotion. He hasn’t looked out of place in the Premier League, and the now captain of the Saints could offer some much needed creativity to England. Capable of playing on the wing or in a central role he could be a key link between midfield and attack which is sometimes a frustrating non-productive part of the England team. His side have started the season well, and this will help him catch the eye of the England staff.
Ravel Morrison – 20-years-old – West Ham United
What a remarkable story it would be if Ravel Morrison could go on to represent England in Brazil. The once troubled player seems to have turned his life around since nearly going to prison to concentrate on his game and has looked an incredible talent so far this season. The Wythenshawe-born lad has already been compared to Paul Gascoigne, and despite Ravel reportedly saying “who?” when Birmingham manager Lee Clark made this comparison, it is easy to see why. His technical ability and raw talent shines through and his goal at the weekend against Tottenham was a reminder of a young Michael Owen. He made it look effortless, and if he his indeed focused and settled now, it will be hard for Roy Hodgson to ignore if he continue his run of form. Ravel played for the same boys team in Manchester as Wes Brown and Danny Welbeck, and will surely gain England caps as they have done. ‘Gazza’ was also a troubled character but managed to perform exceptionally on the pitch, if Morrison could play similar than it would be hugely exciting to watch.
Nathan Redmond – 19-years-old – Norwich City
Nathan Redmond was one of the star performers of an otherwise disappointing European Under-21 Championships for England this summer. He offered some hope for the struggling side and continued that with a man of the match performance when the Under-21’s beat Scotland 6-0 in August. His form for Norwich has shown that he is capable at that level and has made the step up from the Championship well. He seems confident in his own abilities, and for such a young player it is admirable how he already has made himself a key player for the Canaries. With Ashley Young failing to impress this season, players like Redmond will bring themselves into contention, and could well be England’s secret weapon, an unknown quantity to others in Brazil. Another player who was mentored at Birmingham by Lee Clark and looks to now have a mature head on his shoulders.
Gary Hooper – 25-years-old – Norwich City
Another Norwich signing looking to establish himself in the top flight and hopefully ignite his England chances. Often mooted as a possibility for England when at Celtic, he is now in a better league to test himself, and a good season could lead to an England cap. He does have a lot of competition in the area which could hinder him, and at this moment in time has at least six strikers ahead of him. Rooney, Welbeck, Defoe, Sturridge, Lambert and Carroll remain on the radar and it would take an exceptional season from Hooper. 15 goals plus would be needed to usurp one of the others. Injury has disrupted his start at Norwich but if injuries occur to the other strikers then he would be at the front of the contenders to step in.