England take on Sweden tomorrow with some big names missing from the squad. However, this means an opportunity for five players to shine. Here are five players with a chance to impress.
Caulker has been a main figure in the Tottenham defence in their first few games and he has a chance to prove that he is good enough to play on the international stage. He may not get the full 90 minutes but he should grasp this chance with both hands. Caulker is an aggressive, physical typical English centre back.
Shawcross is in similar territory to Caulker in the respect that this is a relative unknown for the Stoke City captain. No John Terry, Rio Ferdinand or Joleon Lescott means he has a great chance to start in the centre of defence. Shawcross has sometimes been criticised for being an overly aggressive defender, more keen to make challenges than to actually defend. He has a brilliant chance to show, on the biggest stage, that he is an equally effective ball player as England try and move the ball through the defence and midfield.
Leon Osman has had to wait until the age of 31-years-old to get his chance in an England shirt. He has been one of the most consistent players for Everton under David Moyes and with injuries to key midfield players, he may get to start the match. Osman needs to show all of his busy tendencies and do a lot of leg work in the middle when the more attacking players have flooded forward in waves of attacks.
Sterling was included in the last England squad but did not play leading to suggestions he would switch allegiances to Jamaica. However, he is back and he should feature out on the left wing which is where he plays most of his football for Liverpool. Sterling is a quick and slippery winger who will be able to get at the Swedish full backs on either side. He has a chance to prove the fruitfulness of Brendan Rodgers’ recent comments.
Zaha is destined for Premier League football according to Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway. He has a fantastic chance here to showcase his talent which will raise his profile in the Championship and potentially add value to his transfer fee. Recent assists for Palace have shown that Zaha is very effective when he is allowed to dribble the ball unchallenged. Expect to see him on the pitch later in the game when Swedish defenders start to tire.
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