Monday, 12th May, 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson has said that it was difficult to ignore some of the young players’ excellent performances for their respective clubs, citing Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Southampton's Luke Shaw as examples.

Hodgson announced his 23-man provisional England World Cup squad for Brazil today in Luton.

Youngsters such as Shaw and Sterling have made it to the World Cup squad and Hodgson admits that the make-up of the squad would have been much different if he had named the squad last year.

"They have imposed themselves and imposed their ability in my thinking. If I picked my squad in October after the last two World Cup qualifiers, then it might have looked different”, the 66-year-old said in a press conference.


The England manager said that players who perform week-in-week-out for their clubs deserve credit and admits that it was impossible for him to ignore those performances.

"A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. I can't ignore what people are doing on a week to week basis.

"In October, I'm not sure Raheem Sterling was getting the game time or making the impact he has had in recent months."

England are in Group D with Costa Rica, Italy and Uruguay. The Three Lions will take on Italy on 14th June at the Arena Amazonia, Manaus.

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