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Strongest England XI (Based On Form)

England manager Roy Hodgson will be naming the squad to take part in a couple of international fixtures next month and that has led to a lot of pundits and former players nominating Harry Kane to be part of the squad. Kane is probably England’s best striker, well at least the striker in form from the batch of English strikers playing.

Naming a squad is always a hard task and more often than not it is the big names who waltz into the team even if they have been performing rather poorly, so keeping that in mind here we present the England starting XI based on performances this season.

Fraser Forster

Current goalkeeper Joe Hart hasn’t been the most impressive this season either and in place of the Manchester City goalkeeper, the Southampton goalkeeper should play. Forster has been exceptional for the Saints this season and is partly the reason why the club are doing so well in the Premier League.

Leighton Baines

The fact that Baines faces almost no real competition for this spot is a worry for England. Baines nevertheless is one of the best left backs in the Premier League and is a shoe in to keep his place in the starting XI.

Phil Jagielka

Although Jagielka isn’t playing for the biggest club in the Premier League, he has been rock solid barring the first few games of the season where Everton were leaking goals from all sides. He is strong and good with the ball, plus his leadership skills are important for the back 4.

Gary Cahill

Another English defender who has been brilliant all season, Cahill might have had a couple of dire performances, but nothing can be taken away from the big defender, who has often played better than John Terry for Chelsea.

Nathaniel Clyne

Another Southampton star who has been in sparking form, Nathaniel Clyne is on the verge of becoming the best right back in England and at only 23 years old, he has a bright future ahead of him.

James Milner

James Milner is the kind of player every manager wants, always giving 100% for the team and doing whatever is needed. Milner has been one of the bright sparks from a disjointed Manchester City team and should be starting more games for England.

Mark Noble

The West Ham United midfielder might be a surprise choice for many, but his consistent performances for the club should ensure he gets another chance to prove himself on the international stage.

Stewart Downing

Stewart Downing has been given a new lease of life playing in a more central attacking role for West Ham United and the English attacker deserves to get another call up to the national side just to prove the doubters wrong.

Raheem Sterling

The 20 year old has been the star player for Liverpool in the second half of the season and even though there was that little issue with Raheem needing a rest in some earlier international games, he is a player who deserves to be in the XI.

Wayne Rooney

This one is a bit of a tough decision, not many English strikers are doing well and Rooney has been deployed more in midfield this season than as an attacker, but he still has done well in that position. He should play up front for England.

Harry Kane

The man of the moment, nothing really can go wrong for this striker. Kane has scored 23 goals in all competitions all season and with most English strikers struggling to score, he should be starting up front for the national side.

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Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough: Possible Starting Line-up For The Gunners

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal are set to face a tough game against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. The Championship side have already beaten Manchester City in the last round and they would be looking to make it another round where they beat a Premier League side. Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last 10 games and have won their last 5 games in the Championship, they are also on top of the Championship table as they seek a return to the Premier League.

Arsenal would have their hands full when they take on a confident Middlesbrough side and we predict the starting line-up for the Gunners.

Wojciech Szczcesny

Szczcesny is expected to start ahead of Ospina. The Colombian has been good in between the sticks, but Szczcesny could be given a chance to prove himself as Wenger could rest Ospina.

Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs was an unused substitute in place of Monreal and for this crucial tie; Arsenal might use Gibbs, who is more experienced to tackle a tough Middlesbrough side.

Gabriel Paulista

The Brazilian is all set to make his debut for the Gunners. Having moved from Villarreal in the January transfer window, the defender has been on the bench waiting for his chance and the FA Cup comes in the right time for him.

Laurent Koscielny

The Frenchman gets the nod since there really is no option apart from Chambers, who has not looked the best in the few games he has played.

Hector Bellerin

Bellerin was played in the home win over Leicester and should continue his role as the right back in the FA Cup tie for the Gunners.

Francis Coquelin

The rising star of the Arsenal team, Coquelin is literally the first name on the team sheets these days. He would provide the protection the team needs and has slowly become an important cog in the Arsenal lineup.

Tomas Rosicky

Rosicky has been in exceptional form for Arsenal and age does not seem to be catching up with him, he should play in midfield alongside Coquelin and provide Arsenal some creativity in the middle.

Santi Cazorla

Another player who has been playing exceptionally well for the Arsenal team, the Spaniard should continue in the squad and he would be playing as either winger in the front attacking four for Arsenal.

Theo Walcott

Walcott scored the 2nd goal for Arsenal (after coming back from injury) when they beat Leicester and would be looking to use his pace to tear the Middlesbrough team apart. Arsenal would be pinning their hopes on the speedster to unlock the defence and cause Middlesbrough all sorts of problems.

Mesut Ozil

The German would start this game since Alexis Sanchez could be missing the game after a clash of knees in the last game against Leicester. Ozil could play down the middle in his preferred No 10 role for Arsenal and could provide the spark they need.

Olivier Giroud

With Sanchez out of the team, it would be a choice between Giroud and Welbeck and Giroud would get the nod ahead of Welbeck as he seems to provide much more to the starting XI at the moment than the Englishman.