England 1 Denmark 0: Five players who have boosted their World Cup 2014 chances... and five that haven't

Who has come out of the international friendly victory over Denmark with their hand firmly raised for selection in Roy Hodgson's Brazil squad

Five players who did their Brazil 2014 chances a world of good:

Adam Lallana

The Southampton midfielder changed the match against Denmark when he came off the bench for the final 32 minutes. Having made two appearances in recent months – and suffering two defeats in the process – this was the performance his recent Saints form has deserved. Having been a possible inclusion in the 23-man squad, it now looks like his place is nailed on if he can maintain this level of performance.

Luke Shaw

Went into the ‘battle of the left-backs’ at a slight disadvantage when Ashley Cole was named in the starting line-up, and when the 107-capped veteran gave a solid display in the first half, it was down to Shaw to show what he can offer. Immediately, he showed a desire to get forward, reliability and calmness in defence, and a natural understanding of the game that you rarely see. Another two months on bench-warming for Cole, and Shaw could be on his way to Brazil.

Left-back Luke Shaw Left-back Luke Shaw  

Raheem Sterling

Sterling’s recent displays for Liverpool have been none too shabby, but there was a question lingering over his head as to whether he could cut it on the international stage. On the basis of Wednesday night, he can. Providing width, pace and the ability to cross a decent ball where others can’t looks to have given him a strong case for inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s squad.

Winger Raheem Sterling Winger Raheem Sterling  

Daniel Sturridge

Quickly becoming England’s go-to man, which is made all the more impressive given that Wayne Rooney is in the same side. Where the latter failed, Sturridge excelled, and he currently stands as the most threatening striker England has to offer. That could change by May, but at least Sturridge looks set to continue his development and learning curve rather than fall away.

Striker Daniel Sturridge Striker Daniel Sturridge  

Andy Carroll

Despite not even being picked in the 30-man squad for yesterday’s friendly, Carroll may have seen his chances given a boost having seen England’s lack of a cutting edge in front of goal. The Three Lions could (and should) have won by two or three goals, and while the impressive Kasper Schmeichel kept them at bay, Hodgson’s side were certainly missing something up-front. Carroll now has 10 games to show Hodgson that that missing ingredient is him.

Striker Andy Carroll Striker Andy Carroll  

Five players who saw their Brazil 2014 chances dented:

Jordan Henderson

He may be Liverpool’s in-form central midfielder, but he is yet to produce the goods on the international stage. It’s worth mentioning that he has really pushed on from this time last season and could yet become a key figure in England’s World Cup campaign, but he will want to avoid performances like yesterday’s where he was absent without leave for large periods of the game.

Midfielder Jordan Henderson Midfielder Jordan Henderson  

Ashley Cole

Reminded everyone of what he is capable of with a good showing in the first 45 minutes, but he will have squirmed from the England bench when Shaw showed what he is capable of. Has done enough to give Hodgson a headache over his selection, but he really needs to play more often than he is currently being afforded by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Left-back Ashley Cole Left-back Ashley Cole  

Ross Barkley

His injury robbed him of important playing time in January, and Everton manager Roberto Martinez admitted that he may have rushed him back for the Merseyside derby. However, the teenager has featured from the bench recently and he was left among the reserves at Wembley. While Lallana is shining, Barkley could be losing a grasp on his World Cup dreams.

Midfielder Ross Barkley Midfielder Ross Barkley  

Frank Lampard

Used sparingly but to full effect by both Chelsea and England this season, Lampard will have found himself in unfamiliar territory when he spent all 90 minutes sitting on the sidelines. With the competition for places at its fiercest in the central midfield, could Lampard really be left at home for the journey to Brazil?

Midfielder Frank Lampard Midfielder Frank Lampard  

Ben Foster, Fraser Forster and John Ruddy

Two of these three will travel to Brazil with the rest of the squad, but on last night’s viewing they won’t be doing much else than soaking up the carnival atmosphere. In an international friendly against an inferior opponent such as Denmark, and with Joe Hart assured of the number one shirt after his blip in form earlier this season, Hodgson could have given one of Hart’s understudies a much-needed run-out. Instead, the Manchester City stopper played all 90 minutes, and Foster must be questioning what exactly he came out of international retirement for.

Fraser Foster, John Ruddy and Ben Foster Fraser Foster, John Ruddy and Ben Foster  

Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and Clara have their first real heart to heart since he regenerated in 'Deep Breath'
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie Oliver
filmTV chef Jamie Oliver turned down role in The Hobbit
News
The official police photograph of Dustin Diamond taken after he was arrested in Wisconsin
peopleDownfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Life and Style
Sony Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Andrew House, executive in charge of Sony Network Entertainment, introduces PlayStation Now
tech
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Jeremy Clarkson, left, and Richard Hammond upset the locals in South America
tvReview: Top Gear team flee Patagonia as Christmas special reaches its climax in the style of Butch and Sundance
News
people
Sport
Ashley Barnes of Burnley scores their second goal
footballMan City vs Burnley match report
Arts and Entertainment
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca alongside Harrison Ford's Han Solo in 'Star Wars'
film
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Man of action: Christian Bale stars in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film
Arts and Entertainment
Tracy Emin's 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's
artOne expert claims she did not
Life and Style
Apple showed no sign of losing its talent for product launches with the new, slightly larger iPhone 6 making headlines
techSecurity breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Arts and Entertainment
Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) in Happy Valley ((C) Red Productions/Ben Blackall)
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Clueless? Locked-door mysteries are the ultimate manifestation of the cerebral detective story
booksAs a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Sport
Robin van Persie is blocked by Hugo Lloris
footballTottenham vs Manchester United match report
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?