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World Cup 2014 Ladder: Rodwell, Milner and Barry

  • 17 June 2013 15:08
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

In the second part of our England spotlight, we examine the prospects of Gareth Barry, James Milner and Jack Rodwell - ahead of Brazil 2014.

James Milner

Age 27

Caps/Goals: 38/1

Milner England

International career to date…

After winning a record 46 England Under-21 caps, James Milner finally broke into the England senior team in 2009 and has gone on to win 38 caps already for his country. Though he hasn't pinned down a particular role in the team and doesn't always start, his caps total alone suggests he's a player a succession of national managers have decided is an important squad member.

Indeed, in November 2010, he was handed the captain's armband for the final ten minutes of a 2-1 defeat to France and scored his only international goal to date against Moldova in September 2012.

Will his nation be there?

As stated in part one, England are making heavy weather of their qualification attempts but with the destiny still in the Three Lions' own hands, experience should help ensure Roy Hodgson's team progress to Brazil 2014.

Who's the competition?

Milner has plenty of competition in the midfield engine room, but his adaptability means he is likey to edge out those who aren't quite as flexible. Milner can play anywhere cross the middle and also fill in at full-back if need be - few of his rivals for a place in the England team can boast the same.

International highlight

Skippering England against France and scoring his only international goal against Moldova would rate highly on James' England CV.

Gareth Barry

Age 32

Caps/Goals: 53/3

Barry

International career to date…

Gareth Barry began his international career more than a decade ago and has had a number of periods where it appeared his England days were over - so don't count him out just yet. It was Kevin Keegan who gave him his first break as a 19-year-old back in 2000 but after that, it was 2003 before he added four more caps to his haul.

Barry was then largely ignored by Sven-Goran Eriksson for most of his tenure in charge of the national team but in 2007 he was recalled by Steve McClaren and remained an integral part of the squad until late last year. With 53 caps he is the Blues' most experienced England player and though he has been left out of recent qualifiers by Roy Hodgson, his international career could yet continue to Brazil.

Will his nation be there?

As above.

Who's the competition?

Barry is up against Manchester United trio Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones - plus Scott Parker for the role of holding midfielder and team-mate Jack Rodwell is an emerging rival for club and country, too. All have won selection over Barry in recent months and while the City star scratches his head wondering what he's done to upset Hodgson, he won't have given up on representing his country again - though he may have to rely on injuries to win a chance back in the squad.

International highlight

Skippering his country for the first time against Egypt in 2009 will remain a career highlight for Barry and his first goal against Trinidad and Tobago in 2008 would also rate highly. 

Jack Rodwell 

Age 22

Caps/Goals: 3/0

Jack Rodwell

International career to date…

Jack Rodwell has won three caps to date as he continues his transition from the Under-21s to the senior squad. Injuries have hampered his progress on all fronts, but he showed glimpses of his potential towards the end of last season that suggested he could be a great asset for club and country in the years ahead. He made his debut for England against Spain in 2011 as a sub but played from the start against Sweden a few days later.

Jack won his third cap against Brazil recently and is emerging as a strong candidate for regular inclusion. 

Will his nation be there?

As above.

Who's the competition?

As stated in Barry's profile, cross-town rivals Carrick, Jones and Cleverley are all competeing for a similar role in the England side and Jack will have to play regularly next season to win selection ahead of the United trio. A fit Jack Wilshere will likely be an automatic choice for Brazil but Rodwell may have aleady moved ahead of Tottenham's Parker so he has a good chance of making the final cut - if he can repeat the form he showed against Norwich on the final day of the 2012/13 season on a sustained basis.

International highlight

Apart from his debut, coming on to face Brazil at the Maracana Stadium would no doubt rate highly in Jack's international scrapbook!

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