LONDON (Sporting Alert) — England manager Roy Hodgson has announced his 23-member squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil next month.
Hodgson made his selection Monday and the squad sees veteran Frank Lampard of Chelsea, Southampton forward, his 18-year-old teammate Luke Shaw, who will act as cover for Everton’s Leighton Baines at left-back with Ashley Cole not being named in the squad.
For his outstanding and breakthrough season with Everton, Ross Barkley has earned a World Cup call up, along with Adam Lallana of Southampton and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, who all had outstanding seasons.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) and Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) will lead the attack, with Jermain Defoe of Toronto FC only named to the stand-by list.
Former England captain and forward Gary Lineker said: “Congratulations to the 23 players who have made Roy Hodgson’s England squad. It’s young, energetic and exciting. Do your country proud!
Hodgson has also named his stand-by list with John Ruddy (Norwich City), John Stones (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (West Ham United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC) and Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) on the speed dial list.
England World Cup Squad
Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion)
Fraser Forster (Celtic)
Leighton Baines (Everton)
Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Phil Jagielka (Everton)
Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
Phil Jones (Man Utd)
Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Chris Smalling (Man Utd)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) – captain
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
James Milner (Manchester City)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)