England gave us plenty of joy over the summer.
Try to forget about that agonising defeat to Croatia in the semi-finals, because at one World Cup they provided a last minute winner, a 6-1 hammering and a penalty shootout victory.
At long last.
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Now they are together again for the first time since that heartbreak in Russia with much of the squad the same, albeit with a few retirements.
So what where the current crop all doing back in 2014 at the previous World Cup in Brazil? We took a closer look…
England’s No1 spent one half of the 2013/14 season on loan at Burton Albion in League Two, and other at Carlisle United in the league above.
20-years-old at the time, he was yet to debut for parent club Sunderland.
Stoke’s new signing spent his 2013/14 season in Yorkshire on loan at Barnsley and then Leeds.
He had already made his England debut when Roy Hodgson gave him a go in a friendly against Italy in 2012.
Butland wouldn’t play senior international football again for another three years.
McCarthy’s seven years at Reading came to an end that summer after he had finally nailed down the number one shirt following eight different loan moves.
QPR came calling later that summer after a couple of years of really consistent performances, including one of the best individual goalkeeping displays in Premier League history to keep Luis Suarez’s Liverpool and co. out in April 2013.
Fulham fans may well be stunned by the progress Bettinelli has made in recent years after a really unconvincing start to his career.
Back in 2014 the goalkeeper was just finishing his second successive loan spell at Accrington Stanley.
An established Spurs regular, a dip in form and injury troubles meant he slipped down Hodgson’s pecking order.
He was spared the torture of England’s disastrous trip to Brazil.
Rose followed an impressive season at Sunderland with a semi-breakout campaign with Spurs.
He featured in 30 games in all competitions for the north London club as his potential turned to substantial performances.
Still two years off an England debut.
Long before Man City forked out for £50million for him, the Barnsley Beckenbauer was a gifted yet error-prone centre-back at Everton.
His composure in possession won him plenty of fans in Merseyside with many tipping him as a future England captain.
England’s current No6 spent the 2013/14 season dominating every forward he came up against in League One.
Maguire was named Sheffield United’s Player of the Year for the third season in a row and earned a transfer to Premier League outfit Hull City in the process.
One of England’s most impressive performers at this World Cup, Trippier was instrumental in Burnley’s promotion from the Championship four years ago.
The Bury Beckham was well-known in the second tier for his unparalleled crossing at that level.
The Liverpool right-back couldn’t legally by a lottery ticket four years ago.
TAA was making waves for Liverpool’s youth side but still an unknown quantity to the fans who now adore him.
Liverpool’s defensive rock hadn’t even broken into the Charlton team in 2013/14, working his way up their youth ranks.
He would join the Reds a season later for just £3.5m in what has to go down as one of the best bargains in recent history.
Considering Shaw’s rotten luck with injuries since, it’s weird to think he was one of the few players in the current squad who were actually involved in 2014.
After a stunning breakthrough season with Southampton, Man United made him the most expensive teenager in the world and he was named in Roy Hodgson’s final 23 for Brazil that summer.
Tarkowski is the embodiment of Football League defender makes the big time with his rise as steady as it has been impressive.
The now Burnley star signed for Brentford from Oldham in January 2014 after being scouted with the Bees’ ‘Moneyball’ transfer approach well in mind.
The man who ended England’s World Cup penalty hoodoo was soaking up the Portuguese sun in 2014.
Dier was a bit-part player for Sporting CP and did enough to convince Spurs of his ability.
J Lingz enjoyed loan spells in the Championship with Birmingham and Brighton, scoring ten goals in 30 games between the two clubs.
A regular for England Under-21s, he established himself as one of the manager’s favourites.
That manager? Gareth Southgate.
A first-team regular for club and country.
Henderson played more games for England in 2014 than any other calendar year of his career so far.
Part of the Liverpool team who suffered when Steven Gerrard slipped…
A near ever-present for Aston Villa, Delph became a midfield talisman and was named as the club’s Player of the Year.
Made his debut for England in the aftermath of England’s World Cup exit.
A rising star in League One for MK Dons.
Played half a dozen games for England’s youth sides at Under-18 and Under-19 level.
The Chelsea youngster hadn’t kicked a ball in senior professional football when the last World Cup was taking place.
One of many talented teenagers desperate to make a name for himself for the Blues.
The boy wonder was still gracing Man United’s reserves in 2014.
Nobody other than his coaches could possibly have predicted how fast he would transition from an unknown teenager to one of the most exciting young talents in the world.
Day Guy Welbz enjoyed his equal second-best season in terms of goals in 2013/14.
He scored ten goals in 36 games for Man United and was a regular goalscorer for his country when given a chance.
Welbeck was given the No11 shirt for England at the World Cup but failed to make much of an impact.
England’s golden boy had scored just three Premier League goals this time four years ago.
Spurs fans had only been given a taste of what was to come.
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