Published on November 12, 2013 | by Jack Davis

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World Cup is the goal for London-based players

With the Barclays Premier League now into its fourth month the London–based clubs have had some mixed fortunes, with one topping the table and another firmly rooted to the bottom.

Each club has had their stand out performers and with the World Cup at the end of the season, most of these stars will be hoping to continue their good form in the hope of securing a golden ticket to Brazil.

Oscar playing for Chelsea this season

Oscar will be playing in his home country at next summer’s World Cup [Flickr:Wonker]

Now into his second season at Chelsea the brilliant Brazilian has really started to shine under the influence of Jose Mourinho, keeping twice voted player of the season Juan Mata, warming the bench.

After showing flashes of brilliance last season Oscar has really come to form in his preferred number 10 role.

It seemed that he would again be drafted out to the wing like he was many times last season under Rafa Benitez, but he has now firmly established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet, adding more goals, assists and flair to his game.

The Brazilian seems to have firmly found his feet in West London and will no doubt be a star of the World Cup providing he can stay fit.

 

Cazorla playing for Arsenal

Cazorla will be struggling to make the Spanish starting line up [Flickr:Wonker]

The smiling Spaniard has been back in the Arsenal team since returning from an injury lay–off  and has now started to turn on the form that impressed so many fans last season.

His goal against Liverpool in the recent Premier league clash was as clinical as it was important, and his overall influence in games has really helped in Arsenal’s surprise start to the season.

But with Cazorla plying his trade in an era when Spanish football has an abundance of talent, with the likes of David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Juan Mata all vying for a starting berth in the same position, it’s very likely that Cazorla will be a bench warmer this summer at the World Cup, even if he continues to produce great performances for Arsenal.

Townsend playing for England

Andros Townsend scoring on his England debut [Flickr:Cyprusfooty]

2013 has certainly been kind to Tottenham’s Andros Townsend, cementing his place in Spur’s starting XI despite an influx of attacking players, including £30 million pound winger Erik Lamela and highly–rated Dane Christian Eriksen.

Not only has Townsend made waves in the Premier League, the direct winger has also starred for England, scoring on his début against Montenegro and playing a vital role in the crucial game against Poland.

At only 22 he will be looking for more improvement as he looks to secure his place in the squad flying to Brazil next summer. If he continues his current form, he’s likely to be in the starting XI for England’s first group game, let alone the squad.

Pajtim Kasami playing for Fulham

Kasami will be a huge part of the Swiss team at the World Cup [Flickr:MichaelPlumridge56]

So much was expected of a young Kasami when the  Swiss midfielder made the move to Fulham in 2011, despite interest from several high profile Italian Serie A clubs.

Kasami’s progress had been somewhat of a disappointment in his first couple of seasons at Craven Cottage, failing to secure a starting berth and contributing little to the side. However Kasami has finally started to deliver. Getting a rare start in the opening game of the season, he repaid Martin Jol’s faith with the winning goal against Sunderland.

This was then followed by several eye–catching performances and a contender for goal of the season against Crystal Palace after scoring what can only be described as one of the best technical goals the Premier League has ever seen.

With Fulham struggling and the World Cup only months away, now is the time for him to show what he has got to offer.

Morrison playing for West Ham

Ravel Morrison can be a wildcard for England if he keeps up his impressive start to the season [flickr:reds forest]

Morrison’s short career has already been blighted by controversy, and some questioned whether the winger would ever fulfil his undoubted talent, a potential a certain Sir Alex Ferguson once described as him being “as gifted as any youngster I’ve ever seen”.

His troubles proved to much for Ferguson and he was sold to West Ham, where it looks like he may have finally seen the light under the guidance of Sam Allardyce. The quick midfielder has been the highlight of a relatively slow start by the Hammers and some are predicting a shock World Cup call–up for the former Manchester United bad boy.

This was confirmed when he took on the Tottenham team in a recent Premier League clash, scoring a fantastic solo goal that had many pundits comparing the goal to that of Michael Owen’s against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.

If Morrison can stay out of trouble and continue to perform on the pitch like he has been, he will surely be in Roy Hodgson’s thinking come June.

Jedinak playing for Crystal Palace last season

Jedinak will be hoping to make the Australian World Cup squad [flickr:Mike Mercury Sewell]

The Australian international was a key figure in helping Crystal Palace back into the Premier League and the combative midfielder has been the only shining star in what has been an abysmal start to the season for the Eagles.

Known for his impressive work rate, Jedinak has led by example with Palace’s captain never say die attitude making him a firm favourite amongst the Palace supporters.

Jedinak will be hoping his desire and efforts rub off on his Palace teammates as they fight against the dreaded drop and this can only improve Jedinak’s chances of making Australia’s World Cup squad, where the Socceroos will be looking to make a surprise impact.

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