Wednesday, 11th June, 2014

Manchester United coach Phil Neville believes that the inclusion of young players will help to inject freshness into Roy Hodgson's England squad.

A number of young players including Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling have been named in the Three Lions squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

And Neville is optimistic that these players have the ability to deliver for their country.

"I think we are at an exciting time," Neville told the FA's official site.


"When you put young players in, it provides a freshness and they have no fear.

"They don’t have experience of failure at a previous tournament and you go in with a youthful naivety of sorts."

The 37-year-old is also optimistic that the veteran manager will have the mental strength to select a few in the starting eleven as well.

"Roy Hodgson has been brave enough to put them into the squad, and maybe he'll select one or two in the starting eleven as well."

The Three Lions kick-off their World Cup campaign against 2006 World champions Italy on 14th June.

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