England manager Roy Hodgson has named his 23 man squad for the World Cup, with Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley among the omitted players at the expense of a final World Cup call up for Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.
Ashley Cole misses out, as confirmed by the Chelsea man on Twitter late last night along with his international retirement, giving Southampton’s Luke Shaw the chance to deputise for Leighton Baines. Seven defenders are included in the squad, with Manchester United duo Phil Jones and Chris Smalling covering both the right-back and centre-back spots.
Lampard’s inclusion is the most surprising part of a squad that otherwise picks itself, with the Chelsea man getting in ahead of Carrick and Cleverley. The midfield also includes space for Everton prodigy Ross Barkley, while the selection of Jordan Henderson,Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain means that five of the nine midfield players are under 23.
Fraser Forster and Ben Foster are preferred to John Ruddy in goal, while Hodgson has elected to take Rickie Lambert rather than Andy Carroll as his fourth striking option.
Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Fraser Forster
Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw
Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley
Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Rickie Lambert
England’s World Cup stand-by list: John Ruddy, Jon Flanagan, John Stones, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Tom Cleverley and Andy Carroll.
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