A year in the job... so who are Roy Hodgson's go-to men as England bid for 2014 World Cup qualification?

Sam Wallace examines Hodgson's tenure so far to see who he is likely to select to help him get to Brazil

GOALKEEPER

Joe Hart (Manchester City)

(Statistics under Hodgson): 16 caps, 14 goals conceded, 1,335 mins

Still the undisputed No 1. There have been fluctuations in his form this season but the performance against Brazil showed Hart at his best. He kept England in the game in the first half. One of the players whom Hodgson cannot afford to lose to injury.

DEFENDERS

Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

13 caps, 1,111 mins, 0 goals

Always Hodgson's first-choice right-back, despite the emergence of Kyle Walker. Low-profile and solid, having had fine season for Liverpool. Prone to lapses in concentration but capable going forward, as shown by through-ball to Theo Walcott in Brazil.

Joleon Lescott (Manchester City) 12 caps, 1,029 mins, 1 goal

Left out of the squad for the World Cup qualifying double-header in March because Hodgson said he had not played enough for City. Even without Roberto Mancini, he will find it hard to force his way back into the side. Good cover though and will inevitably be called upon.

Leighton Baines (Everton) 10 caps, 714 mins, 1 goal

His best season yet for Everton but dislodging Ashley Cole is no mean task. Was unlucky to get injured against Brazil when on a rare start. Given Cole's extraordinary resilience he will have to wait for his chance but he is a patient, level-headed sort.

Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

10 caps, 817 mins, 0 goals, Captain 1

103 caps and counting and whatever you say about him – and plenty have done so – there is still a remarkable assurance about Cole. Fell behind Baines this season in terms of his performances at club level but never gives in and looked equally comfortable coming on as a sub in the Maracana.

Phil Jagielka (Everton) 8 caps, 622 mins, 1 goal

With the retirement of Rio Ferdinand and Hodgson's decision not to call on John Terry, Jagielka has overtaken his former Everton club-mate Lescott. Hodgson's faith in Chris Smalling has seen Jagielka demoted on occasions but generally it's the Jagielka-Gary Cahill combination that he favours.

Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

7 caps, 559 mins, 0 goals

Missed Euro 2012 with a fractured jaw but is now a key figure in Hodgson's defence. When fit he tends to play. A reliable, powerful centre-half. Solid and likeable, it's easy to see why Hodgson wants characters like him in the team.

Phil Jones (Manchester Utd)

3 caps, 223 mins, 0 goals

Has been talked up relentlessly by Sir Alex Ferguson – whose judgement Hodgson trusts – but has started only twice under the England coach. Was unused at Euro 2012 and started only his second game under the new regime against Brazil on Sunday. More likely to be deployed as a specialist holding midfielder than centre-half for now.

Chris Smalling (Manchester Utd)

3 caps, 270 mins, 0 goals

Highly rated by Hodgson who threw him in against Brazil in February and started him against San Marino and Montenegro in the World Cup qualifiers in March. There's trust in Smalling from a manager who signed him at Fulham. Injuries, however, have interrupted his international career and he has struggled to break in at United.

MIDFIELDERS

James Milner (Manchester City)

14 caps, 1,005 mins, 1 goal

Mr Reliable and perfect balance, for Hodgson, to more attacking Walcott on the right. His persistence paid off against Brazil to create the Rooney goal. There'll always be a squad place for him. Managers love him.

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

12 caps, 996 min, 0 goals, Captain 12

Persuaded by Hodgson not to retire after Euro 2012, the captain has great trust placed in him. Still capable of galvanising the team and would ideally play alongside Jack Wilshere in a 4-2-3-1 formation. But how will he recover from his shoulder operation?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) 12 caps, 604 mins, 3 goals

Still behind Walcott for a place on the right but is well regarded by Hodgson and a great option off the bench. Played centrally when he came on against Brazil but faces competition to play there regularly.

Ashley Young (Manchester Utd)

10 caps, 755 mins, 2 goals

Injured again having figured prominently at Euro 2012 where he missed a penalty against Italy in the quarter-final elimination. Has been overtaken by Walcott since and will have to work hard to regain his place.

Tom Cleverley (Manchester Utd)

9 caps, 691 mins, 0 goals

Another young one who has been heavily pushed by Hodgson post-Euro 2012. Has played in No 10 role on occasions but best deployed as one of two holding midfielders. Tidy on the ball but unspectacular. Behind Gerrard and Wilshere if – and that's a big 'if' – both are fit.

Michael Carrick (Manchester Utd) 7 caps, 585 mins, 0 goals

Finally a key player in England set-up, especially in the absence of Wilshere. Persuaded out of retirement after Euro 2012, has made six starts since. Still not a guaranteed starter when everyone is fit but given that is rarely the case, an important senior presence.

Frank Lampard (Chelsea) 7 caps, 551 mins, 6 goals, Captain 3

Still scoring crucial goals for England, not least the late penalty against Ukraine that earned a draw in September. Like Carrick and Cleverley is behind Gerrard and Wilshere when all are fit but, 35 soon, is still a key player.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

2 caps, 118 mins, 0 goals

So much talent, far too little playing time. Has the potential to be England's main man but has undergone yet more surgery this summer. Can play alongside Gerrard as one of two holding midfielders or as the No 10 behind Rooney. Either way, Hodgson needs him.

 

Wilfried Zaha (Manchester Utd)

1 cap, 6 mins 0 goals

Just one cap against Sweden, but Hodgson has said more than once that he intends to call up players who impress for the Under-21s at the European Championship this month. It's a tall order for Zaha to break into the United and England teams next autumn, but he'll be watched closely.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

1 cap, 85 mins, 0 goals

Another one who, like Zaha, has been as good as promised he will be given the chance if he performs for the Under-21s this summer. Hodgson is keen to bring in the next generation, even if it means doing so in the last four World Cup qualifiers. They might just give England the spark they need.

FORWARDS

Danny Welbeck (Man Utd)

12 caps, 5 goals, 779 mins

Highly regarded, he would have played in the post-season friendlies were it not for injury. He partnered Andy Carroll and then Rooney at Euro 2012 and in an ideal world you imagine Hodgson would deploy him as a No 9 with Rooney pulling the strings just behind.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

11 caps, 454 mins, 1 goal

An excellent season for Arsenal and while he can be unpredictable at international level, his pace still terrifies defences. Has made the right-side position his own for now, having been behind Young at Euro 2012. Needs more goals.

 

Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)

10 caps, 806 mins, 8 goals, Captain 1

Within five goals of being England's fourth all-time highest scorer. Still, whatever the concerns about him, one of the first names on the teamsheet. A huge year for club – whatever club that is – and country beckons. Next summer is potentially his fifth major tournament, and he has to deliver this time.

 

Andy Carroll (Liverpool)

6 caps, 1 goal, 320 mins

Hodgson wants a big-man option but the problem with this big man is his poor fitness record. Being dropped for Rooney at Euro 2012 was hard on him but the pictures of him eating kebabs after nights out are not the reassurance Hodgson is looking for.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

4 caps, 117 mins, 1 goal

Another young talent whom Hodgson hopes to promote. Ankle injury against Ireland was bad, however, and if he misses start of the season he could be a doubt for September's qualifiers. Unpredictable but offers a different kind of threat.

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