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Hodgson opts for youth in World Cup squad

Posted on 13/05/2014 in International

Roy Hodgson has named a youthful but inexperienced squad for the World Cup.

The England manager picked a new generation of player, leaving the likes of Ashley Cole, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley back home.

It means that Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana could all feature prominently in their first international tournament.

Hodgson said: "These youngsters have imposed themselves upon me and my thinking because they've been so effective and successful for their clubs.

"A lot of water has gone under the bridge since we qualified back in October and you can't ignore what these players have been doing on a week-to-week basis."

According to the manager, the 23-man squad he has picked is capable of winning the World Cup.

The full squad is: 

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Ben Foster (West Brom), Fraser Forster (Celtic).

Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), Leighton Baines (Everton), Luke Shaw (S'ton).

Midfielders: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (S'ton), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Man City), Ross Barkley (Everton).

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd), Rickie Lambert (S'ton).

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