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Roy Hodgson Announces England Squad For 2014 World Cup – Youthful Selection But No Real Surprises

By Chris Wright

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As was foretold in the prophecy, Roy Hodgson has announced the names of the 23 English men; ruddy of cheek and stout of constitution, of which he plans to take to the World Cup this summer.

Coming via the official FA website, the England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is as follows…

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Fraser Forster.

Defenders: Leighton Baines , Gary Cahill , Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling.

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner , Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere.

Attackers: Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.

On stand-by: John Ruddy, Jon Flanagan, John Stones, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe.

Exactly one quarter of England’s outfield players have less than five caps. Dwell on that for a second. And there’s no defensive midfielder.

As for the squad itself, it’s as we expected: standard fare. Little shocked that Michael Carrick isn’t making the trip as one of the older heads, but it’s hardly like he’s indispensable.

Any thoughts?

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The new England 2014 World Cup kit is available from JD Sports.

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Elsewhere, the England Team’s Facebook page announced the squad using a neat graphic, though it does feature one of the worst photoshop jobs we’ve ever seen.

Notice anything weird about Phil Jones? Weirder than usual, we mean…


That’s right, they’ve just tacked Phil Jones’ face onto James Milner’s body.


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By Chris on May 12th, 2014 in International football, Newsnow, World Cup. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

8 Responses to “Roy Hodgson Announces England Squad For 2014 World Cup – Youthful Selection But No Real Surprises”

  1. adhikapp says:

    The squad is definitely better than the one 4 years ago. What worries me is when someone gets injured, and that standby list does not impress me at all. Flanagan over Clyne, Cleverley over Huddlestone, and no wide player on standby is pretty discouraging.

  2. Al says:

    standby list aside the actual selected set of defenders doesn’t look all that strong or full of depth. jagielka as a first choice isn’t good enough and Smalling, Shaw and even Jones lack experience. terry should definitely have gotten a phone call

  3. Bruno says:

    Carrick is the best midfielder for me. He and Gerrard. Shame he is not involved, really. Much better than Henderson and that guy from the medical department, Jack Wilshere.

    Chamberlain and Lambert are shi*.

  4. Lol says:

    Using my keen eyes of deduction, it looks like they used James Milner’s body for the Phil Jones photoshop. LOLZ

  5. Inno says:

    Good for Fraser Forster, he’s been immense for us over the past 2 seasons. No Gary Hooper though. Think we can say his “I want to play for England” gamble has failed now. A Championship for Celtic, THE championship for Hooper. #NotBitter :D

  6. bestie says:

    Pretend you’re managing against England in Brazil this summer, and tell me if you see ONE name on that squad that strikes fear in your heart. And yes, Carrick is certainly nothing to write home about, but who’s going to fill his role?

  7. Giancarlo says:

    And then you British chaps wonder why you don’t win WCs. No defensive midfielder against the best players in the world!

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