With England set to qualify for Euro 2016 this weekend, many wondered why Roy Hodgson didn’t decide to experiment a little for the clash with San Marino.
Instead, the Three Lions boss opted to spring for a full strength squad, though the announcement may have been lost amid all of the transfer deadline hubbub.
But thanks to WhoScored (via The Guardian) we’re now able to see what the best England XI would look like if Roy picked solely on form alone.
It’s quite an eye opener.
GK: Jack Butland
Butland has had to be patient to get a regular starting role at The Britannia, and now that he finally has it he’s taken it with both hands (no pun intended).
RB: Micah Richards
Richards’ career has stalled somewhat over the years, but he has been given a new lease of live at Villa, even though he now features as a centre-back.
CB: Chris Smalling
Smalling is another player that that has put the work in to rebuild his reputation this term, and according to WhoScored, his form is worthy of a place in the national team.
CB: Scott Dann
Part of Palace’s early surge up the table has been in part down to Dann’s colossus-like performances at the back. Could it be too late for him to be called up, or are his real best days behind him?
LB: Luke Shaw
Shaw has been starting to show exactly why United paid so much to bring him to the club. He’s in the squad anyway, so no real shocks there.