Roy’s happy to trust in young ones

Ross Barkley is in the England 23-man party
Ross Barkley is in the England 23-man party
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Roy Hodgson had no concerns over putting England’s World Cup hopes in the hands of a youthful squad.

The manager’s 23-man squad for Brazil included 20-year-old Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, along with teenagers Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw.

Michael Carrick, Andy Carroll and Kyle Walker were all left out, the former the victim of a poor season for Manchester United. Carroll has had an injury-ravaged season, while Walker misses out due to a pelvic injury.

Carrick and Carroll are both on the standby list.

Shaw was selected ahead of Ashley Cole, who retired from international football on Sunday night after being told he had not made the squad.

Southampton’s Rickie Lambert, who has scored 14 goals this season, got the nod ahead of Carroll.

Wayne Rooney will be the leading striker, with Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.

Frank Lampard, 35, made the cut, while Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere were included, despite their recent injury concerns, alongside Adam Lallana and James Milner.

There were no surprises in defence.

Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were Hodgson’s four centre-halves, Leighton Baines the first-choice left-back and Glen Johnson the only recognised right-back.

Hodgson selected Fraser Forster as third goalkeeper behind Joe Hart and Ben Foster.

John Stones and Jon Flanagan were named on the standby list alongside Tom Cleverley and Jermain Defoe.

On the inexperienced look to his squad, Hodgson said: “You get experience by getting the opportunity.

“It’s wrong to focus totally on the fact there are those who are inexperienced, because everyone is inexperienced until they get the chance to do the job.

“I think they’ve played so well and have been so effective in their club teams that they’ve really imposed their ability on my thinking.

“I’m sure if I’d picked a squad after the final qualifier in October it would have looked quite different but a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then.

“You can’t ignore what people are doing on a week-to-week basis and your decision is based on who is the best man for the job.”

“This is a 23-man squad, we’re not talking about 11. In that 23 there are an awful lot of caps.

“We should not get hung up that there are youngsters in there.”


GOALKEEPERS: J Hart (Manchester City), B Foster (West Bromwich), F Forster (Celtic)

DEFENDERS: G Johnson (Liverpool), P Jagielka (Everton), G Cahill (Chelsea), C Smalling (Manchester United), P Jones (Manchester United), L Baines (Everton), L Shaw (Southampton)

MIDFIELDERS: S Gerrard (Liverpool, capt), F Lampard (Chelsea), J Henderson (Liverpool), J Milner (Manchester City), J Wilshere (Arsenal), R Barkley (Everton), A Lallana (Southampton), R Sterling (Liverpool), A Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

FORWARDS: W Rooney (Manchester United), D Sturridge (Liverpool), D Welbeck (Manchester United), R Lambert (Southampton)