England 2014 World Cup squad confirmed by Roy Hodgson – Shaw, Barkley and Lambert make the cut
Hodgson goes for exciting young prospects in his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup
May 12th, 2014
We’re just a month away from the 2014 World Cup and Roy Hodgson has decided to axe Michael Carrick and Ashley Cole from his squad for the tournament, while there is also no place for Andy Carroll or Tom Cleverley.
Hodgson has been true to his word when giving youthful players a chance in a Three Lions shirt, with Ross Barkley having played his way into the squad at the expense of the more experienced Michael Carrick, with the latter having suffered as part of Manchester United’s disappointing season.
Rickie Lambert has been included as the fourth-choice England striker, while Fraser Forster and Ben Foster have forced John Ruddy out of the reckoning although Joe Hart will be the first choice keeper.
Luke Shaw’s presence in the squad was confirmed late on Sunday night when Ashley Cole announced his retirement from international football, while there is no place for Kyle Walker who has failed to recover from injury in time.
However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere should be fit for the World Cup, even though the Arsenal pair missed the last few games of the season with injury.
The competition for central midfield places should be fierce, with Steven Gerrard the only cert for a starting berth, although Frank Lampard, Adam Lallana, Wilshere and the Ox will all be hoping to make the grade.
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Ben Foster
Defenders: Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling, Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Rickie Lambert