England World Cup squad for 2014 revealed – Barkley IN, Carrick OUT
Roy Hodgson will name his 23-man England squad on Monday and the 66-year-old is ready to give youth its fling.
May 8th, 2014
Ross Barkley has played his way into the Three Lions set-up thanks to some bright performances for Everton this season, while Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana are also on the plane and the latter pair could even start against Italy on 14 June.
Barkley is the notable addition to an England squad which will include Ashley Cole as back-up left-back instead of Luke Shaw despite the Southampton youngster having impressed Hodgson enough to be selected for a recent friendly match against Denmark.
Steven Caulker could be a surprise inclusion if indeed Phil Jones fails to recover from a shoulder injury sustained against Hull City earlier this week.
Meanwhile, there is no place for Michael Carrick in the 23, with Barkley, Jordan Henderson and Frank Lampard being preferred for the central midfield positions, while Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere were always nailed-on to be included providing their fitness was up to scratch.
Fraser Forster will take the third goalkeeping spot behind Joe Hart and Ben Foster, while Rickie Lambert is the fourth-choice striker behind Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.
Andy Carroll simply hasn’t played enough football to be included in the England squad for this major tournament, while it appears that Hodgson is comfortable enough not to take a specialist right-back as cover for Glen Johnson.
Roy Hodgson’s England 23-man squad for 2014 World Cup
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Fraser Forster
Defenders: Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Leighton Baines, Steven Caulker, Chris Smalling, Ashley Cole
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Frank Lampard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, James Milner
Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Rickie Lambert