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As Euro 2012 gets closer and closer, the competition for places on the plane intensifies week-by-week and these five players made excellent cases for inclusion with fantastic displays in their club colours over the past few days…
Wayne Rooney was excellent again, but so too was his England and Man United team-mate Welbeck. He has proved he is capable of scoring when occupying a wide position – doing his bit for the team without complaint – as well as from a more central role, acting as the target man. The 21-year-old has made himself a strong contender to lead the line for England in Rooney's absence for the first two Euro 2012 group games, scoring his seventh league goal of the season in United's 5-0 thrashing of Wolves.
Swansea again took the plaudits on the weekend following their 3-0 away win against Fulham in the Premier League and, while it was Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wales' Joe Allen that scored the goals, centre midfielder Britton was superb once more, as were wide men Wayne Routledge and Scott Sinclair. After the game, Allen - who bagged the final goal of the game - heaped praise on his midfield partner: “Leon Britton is such a good player to play with, he's a dream,” he said. England's Euro 2012 dream?
Solid as ever down the left flank, the defender's cross led to Everton's equalising goal against Sunderland in the FA Cup. Ashley Cole is widely regarded as one of the world's best left-backs, but in Baines England have a more than capable deputy and the 27-year-old offers a real threat going forward, which is essential for the modern full-back.
Centre-back Cahill opened the scoring in Chelsea's 5-2 FA Cup rout against Leicester, making it four in all competitions so far this season for the former Bolton stopper, who paid tribute to ex team-mate Fabrice Muamba with his celebration. Cahill has partnered John Terry in the England back four previously and, though Terry was injured for this particular cup tie, the pair could soon be a partnership for both club and country.
Yes, Liverpool paid a lot of money for him, but in recent weeks, the midfielder is showing signs of the form that we all know he's capable of and why the Reds deemed it necessary to spend £20m to get him. Against Stoke in the FA Cup, the tricky winger hit a thunderous strike to seal a semi-final spot, which can only boost his confidence as the season reaches boiling point and the big matches for Liverpool and England come thick and fast.