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England In-Form XI: Southampton’s Iniesta leads charge to Rio

| 31.03.2014

It’s extremely rare for the now world famous England In Form XI selection panel not to consider multiple Liverpool and Southampton players for the only graphic worth consulting for the form of prospective Rio squad members.

That’s no different this week after the two sides recorded heavy wins, with their influential Englishman playing integral parts. As such, six of the 11 play their football at Anfield or St Mary’s but would you have picked the same team?


Joe Hart squeaks his way into the net after an OK performance against Arsenal, and can thank the considerable lack of alternatives for his 1/50 price to make the plane.

Joel Ward finally makes an appearance after knocking on the door for much of the season. His part in shutting out Chelsea didn’t go unnoticed and he’s a 33/1-shot should you think Roy Hodgson took note too.

Glen Johnson (1/7) lines up at left back after outshining all other candidates for the role in a marauding performance on the right for Liverpool against Tottenham. Everton’s John Stones (20s) and Cardiff’s Steven Caulker (5/1) partner up in the middle.

Jordan Henderson capped a fine performance at Anfield with a goal and he’s joined in the centre circle by Adam Lallana, who drew comparisons to Andres Iniesta from Mauricio Pochettino following Saints’ 4-0 win over Newcastle.

Only injury is likely to affect Wayne Rooney’s 1/50 odds of going to the World Cup and his brace against Aston Villa ensures he’s handed the number 10 role.

Jay Rodriguez must be the player causing Hodgson the biggest selection headache, after yet another match-winning turn. He’s a 7/4 gamble, while teammate Rickie Lambert should surely beat Andy Carroll to the plane at the same price.

Having been handed the man of the match award for Brendan Rodgers’ table-toppers, Raheem Sterling (2/5) gets the right-wing gig.

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Matt Wiggins

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