Attacking midfielder: Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
Dig the new breed. Raheem Sterling heads to Brazil as one of England's brightest young talents, not to mention the Stats Zone Premier League Young Player of the Season 2013/14, blessed with blistering speed, an ever-improving eye for goal, positional flexibility and innate confidence increasingly backed up by hard-won respect.
Like many of the new generation of attack-minded English players – think Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – the Liverpool man can play in a number of different positions, often within the same game. Brendan Rodgers can employ Sterling out wide to stretch teams, up top to push defences back or in advanced midfield to run at them. And the kid's still in his teens. Whatever happens in Brazil, players like this give England hope for the future.