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Sturridge and Welbeck look to jack in the box

STRIKE FORCE: (from left to right) Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney

DANIEL STURRIDGE and Danny Welbeck will hope that they will be selected in an attack alongside Wayne Rooney when England kick off their FIFA 2014 World Cup Group D campaign against Italy in Manaus on June 14.

The Three Lions also face Uruguay and Costa Rica. Having come close to securing the Premiership title with Liverpool however, Sturridge has the better chance of starting over Welbeck who along with his club side Manchester United struggled to a seventh place Premiership finish in the first season post Alex Ferguson's reign.

Fresh from his FA Cup winning exploits with Arsenal, Jack Wilshere will arrive in Brazil aiming to leave his mark on world football's greatest stage, and after suffering from ankle and knee injuries, will be keen to get into action. If selected, Wilshere could provide the ammunition for England's strikers

Wilshere said: "When you grow up as a kid, you remember 1998, 2002, so I remember all the World Cups. It's every kids dream to represent their country at a World Cup, it but it doesn't happen to everyone. To be in the 23, not just for me, my family and friends its massive.

"I remember Michael Owen's goal, I remember Beckham getting sent off. We lost on penalties to Argentina. I suppose you do watch every game, but the ones I remember are the England games," added Wilshere.

Lifting the FA Cup was the first medal Wilshere had won at senior level, and his 30 minute cameo added fresh impetus and energy as Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 after extra time at Wembley. Prominent amongst the pitch side celebrations, Wilshere lifted the famous trophy draped in a Union Jack as this proud young English star looks forward to future success.

His potential is without question, but injuries at crucial stages of his careers thus far have hampered the 22 year old, a point that former England and United midfielder Paul Scoles expanded upon. Not one to leave things to chance, Wilshere listened to the criticism, but then asked England coach and Scholes's former team mate Gary Neville for Scholes' number to seek further clarification.

" It was a bit strange, out of the blue. I remember watching it and he was having a go at Arsenal and I was thinking was he going to come for me?

" I actually spoke to him afterwards, we had quite a good chat and he explained his comments. He's entitled to his opinion. If it'd come from (another) player I'd say what you talking about? It came from Paul Scholes. We got to the bottom of it and explained it a little bit better and told me what I should work on. For me he was the best England midfielder of all time.

" He said to me that, (and) he's right in a certain way, when I first burst onto the scene, there was all this, and then I got injured, I've had bad luck with injuries but I can't keep saying that I've been injured and that was what he was referring to. There comes a time when you've got to stop saying he's young, he's got all this potential.

"I think this season I've improved a lot . I've scored a few more than I have in the past and I've got a few more assists, that side of things. You can keep the ball, and you can look good, but it's the stats that matter at the end of the day."

Keen to a add to those stats, Wilshere will be aiming to help England progress beyond a tricky Group D, and then for England anything will be possible.

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