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After another agonising penalty defeat, this time to Italy, the Three Lions return from Poland and Ukraine needing to revolutionise the squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers

ANALYSIS
By Jay Jaffa | England Expert

For a campaign in which little was expected, England sure know how to amplify the grief. A hardy, backs-to-the-wall display against Italy saw Roy Hodgson's side miraculously survive a two hour onslaught.

The optimistic logic that the poorest team over 120 minutes would be favourites in a shoot-out was dismissed as both Ashleys - Cole and Young - handed the initiative back to Italy after poor penalties.

It was a familiar story, and although the macabre among us may point and laugh at England's ever-growing list of failed spot-kick encounters, the brave but desperate display in normal time highlights the need for change as Hodgson's revolution truly takes shape in the build-up to 2014.

England's performance will attract plenty of criticism for the turgid nature of their work, but plenty of positives should be gleaned from a quarter-final run in a tournament no-one expected them to win.

There was a camaraderie not often associated with modern day England; a determination and belief that against the odds, through their efforts, the nation could be proud of this campaign. And in comparison to 2010, they achieved that.

This is the foundation Hodgson has erected. Should he combine this attitude with the right blend of players, the fans can look positively towards the next World Cup.

Of course, there will always be casualties from the fallout of any competition and this is no different. Injuries prevented a number of players making Euro 2012 but that should only further their case for inclusion in the World Cup qualifying campaign.


CALLING TIME
JOHN TERRY

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 31
CAPS (GOALS) 77 (6)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING
THE HIGH World Cup 2006 All-star team
THE LOW Exposed vs Germany in 2010
WHY HE HAS TO GO Pace and decision-making on wane

No-one can deny that if you put his off-pitch issues to one side, Terry has been a fantastic servant for England. However, despite his commendable display at Euro 2012, blocking shots and making last-ditch tackles is no longer enough to justify his inclusion. His pace is on the wane and the repeatedly poor decision to play an offside trap without the rest of his defence, exposed him.


SCOTT PARKER

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 31
CAPS (GOALS) 17 (0)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING
THE HIGH Captaining England
THE LOW Poor fitness at Euro 2012
WHY HE HAS TO GO Too limited to play in a 4-4-2

Parker was rightfully included in Hodgson's team for the Euros after four years of impressive club form and made captain in the latter stage of Fabio Capello's reign. However, carrying an injury to Poland and Ukraine left Parker short of his best form, exposing him as a limited central midfielder. In Hodgson's preferred 4-4-2, he is not complete enough to justify his place.


ASHLEY YOUNG

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 26
CAPS (GOALS) 25 (6)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING
THE HIGH Best player in 2012 qualifying
THE LOW Horrendous form at Euro 2012
WHY HE HAS TO GO Flopped on the big stage

So much was expected of Young heading into the Euros. He had been the best performer in the qualifying campaign, but the only consistency he showed in Euro 2012 was at the bottom of the scale. The worry now is whether the Peter Crouch debate is relevant with Young. Is he simply a flat-track bully? He needs to start again and prove he is good enough to warrant a place in Hodgson's new England.


INTRODUCING THE NEW BLOOD
JACK WILSHERE

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 20
CAPS (GOALS) 5 (0)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING N/A
THE HIGH Competitive debut at 18
THE LOW Injury forcing him out of Euros
WHY HE MUST BE INCLUDED Modern, dynamic midfielder

It has been a terrible year for Wilshere as injuries ruled him out of an entire campaign as well as the Euros. Absence has most definitely made the heart grow stronger and Wilshere should be at the forefront of Hodgson's mind as England build towards Brazil 2014. His work-rate is neatly married with the typically composed grace in possession that is second nature to Arsenal graduates. He is the modern box-to-box midfielder and something England are crying out for.

PHIL JONES

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 20
CAPS (GOALS) 5 (0)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING N/A
THE HIGH Making Euro 2012 squad
THE LOW Unused squad member
WHY HE MUST BE INCLUDED Natural heir to Terry

Tipped by many as a future England captain, it was only Jones' dip in form for Manchester United that restricted his chances for England. Trusted by Fabio Capello in qualifying, Jones showed he had the nous to slot into the middle or right-side of defence. At 20 years of age, his versatility has meant he has yet to find his niche position but one can only assume this will be addressed next season. And that will be of huge benefit to Hodgson.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 18
CAPS (GOALS) 5 (0)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING N/A
THE HIGH Rapid ascent to England set-up
THE LOW Not taking chance in group stage
WHY HE MUST BE INCLUDED Fearless alternative to Young

The Arsenal prodigy has shown technical excellence in his first full season at the Emirates and this was seen as England's secret weapon. There were glimpses of creative ingenuity in the France game - his second full start - and a high work-rate defensively, but he was dropped by Hodgson for the next three fixtures. However, the potential will have been noted and at just 18 years of age, Chamberlain looks to have a very bright international career. The sooner he gets it underway, the better.


POTENTIAL ENGLAND XI FOR THE 2014 QUALIFIERS

GOALKEEPER

Hart

RIGHT BACK
CENTRE BACK
CENTRE BACK
LEFT BACK

Walker

Jones

Lescott

Cole

RIGHT MIDFIELD
CENTRE MIDFIELD
CENTRE MIDFIELD
LEFT MIDFIELD

Milner

Wilshere

Gerrard (C)

Oxlade-Chamberlain


STRIKER
STRIKER

Carroll

Rooney

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