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England's World Cup 2014 squad revealed: Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling in Roy Hodgson's youthful line up

Hodgson reveals who will be joining him in Brazil for this summer's tournament

By Simon Rice

Jack Wilshere, Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been included in the England squad for the World Cup.

In a line-up that has a youthful edge, Roy Hodgson has also included Frank Lampard and Adam Lallana in his 23-man squad.

Rickie Lambert has been chosen up front alongside Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, with Hodgson picking just four strikers.

Included on stand-by are Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley, along with John Ruddy, Jon Flanagan, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe and John Stones.

The most high-profile omissions from the squad are Ashley Cole, Kyle Walker, Adam Johnson and Ashley Young.

Hodgson has announced a 23-man squad that will go to the tournament, plus a further seven players on stand-by.

As was expected following Ashley Cole's tweets last night, Shaw has been picked as the understudy to Leighton Baines.

Roy Hodgson's England World Cup 2014 squad

Arsenal duo Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere are in the 23 despite their recent injury concerns, but a pelvic problem for Walker means he misses out entirely.

Everton youngster John Stones is included on the stand-by list despite never being called up before. Hodgson has indicated that if Phil Jones fails to prove his fitness, Stones will be the player to get the nod.

Adam Lallana, who has three caps, has been rewarded for a fine year with Southampton by being included.

James Milner also is favoured ahead of the likes of Adam Johnson and Ashley Young - neither of whom made the squad or standby list.

There were no surprises in the centre of defence. Cahill, Jagielka, Jones and Smalling were Hodgson's favoured four.

Fraser Forster was chosen as third goalkeeper behind Joe Hart and Ben Foster, with John Ruddy the player to miss out.

The squad are due to head off to Portugal for training before returning to England for a friendly with Peru at Wembley on May 30.

They will then cross the pond to play two further games, against Ecuador and Honduras, in Miami.

Fifa's deadline for the final squads is June 2 and England can make any necessary changes up until this date.

Source: The Independent

England's 23-man squad:

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

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

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

Forwards Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd), Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

Stand-bys John Ruddy (Norwich), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Tom Cleverley (Man Utd), Andy Carroll (West Ham), Jermain Defoe (Toronto).

Taylor backs Hodgson's choice to pick Luke Shaw over Ashley Cole

Former England interim manager Peter Taylor has backed the decision to take Southampton's promising young left-back Luke Shaw to the World Cup in Brazil ahead of the far more experienced Ashley Cole.

England boss Roy Hodgson announced his squad on Monday afternoon and included young players such as Shaw and Ross Barkley, along with experienced internationals like Frank Lampard - but there were no places in the 23-man squad for Michael Carrick or Cole.

The Chelsea defender announced his international retirement on Sunday evening having missed out on the squad, with Shaw's inclusion alongside Everton's Leighton Baines as the two England left-backs.

Taylor, who led England between the permanent reigns of Kevin Keegan and Sven-Goran Eriksson, believes Shaw will be included mainly to garner experience of a tournament before establishing himself as first-choice.

"I think it is a great decision," he told Sky Sports News.

"It is obvious that Roy is thinking of Baines being number one and he will take Shaw with him because he might not be needed but it will be a good experience and get him ready for the Euros.

"I know that is a little bit of a gamble but it is obvious Baines is number one so it is a good decision for a very good young player."

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who collected 42 England caps during his career, reckons the inclusion of Gunners' pair Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a risk given their lack of fitness in recent months.

"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been out injured for a good deal of time," Keown told BBC Radio 5 Live. "That's probably a gamble, Jack Wilshere as well. I was a little bit surprised Roy Hodgson didn't go with Ashley Cole for what is a major tournament."

Source: PA

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