With the Premier League season wrapping up, all eyes will soon turn to the World Cup in Brazil.
Manchester United’s poor season isn’t likely to affect a number of player’s hopes of going to Brazil but some will be feeling the pressure ahead of the announcement of the 23 man squad at the start of June.
Whilst Roy Hodgson will say nobody’s place on the plane is certain, there will be a number of players who, injury permitting, will already be on the England manager’s list.
One of those players is our own Wayne Rooney who has sparked back to life after an indifferent season last term. With 17 goals for United he is back to looking like himself, especially important at this point in time with Robin Van Persie out injured.
He has also chipped in with his share of assists too, showcasing the differing roles in which he can be utilised by Hodgson.
Speaking of versatility, Danny Welbeck is another player who shouldn’t make any plans this summer.
The 23 year old showed both the good and bad points of his game against Bayern Munich this week, stretching their backline and making a nuisance of himself with his strength and pace. It isn’t the first time either, putting in a similar shift against Real Madrid last season but where he scored a memorable goal at the Bernabeu, he was guilty of a bad miss when put clean through with Manuel Neuer on Tuesday. Whilst his finishing may need work, the fact he can play out wide as well as central, his power, pace and his work rate mean he is likely to be on the plane too.
Now here is where it gets sticky.
Manchester United’s midfield has long been a talking point for the wrong reasons, so the likes of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley may not be to everyone’s liking. Carrick has had a poor season in comparison to last year but his ability to retain possession, shield the back four as well as play defence splitting passes going forward could see him get the nod, even if he wasn’t to Hodgson’s liking when it came to selecting a squad for Euro 2012.
Cleverley has a lot more work to do to ensure his place though.