Ipswich/England: Roy Hodgson set to name 23-man England World Cup squad – but who would you pick?
12:43 12 May 2014
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England manager Roy Hodgson will today (2pm) announce his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
But who do you think should make the squad? And is there any chance of a surprise call-up for an Ipswich Town player? Let us know your thoughts below.
Frank Lampard has 103 caps to his name but could be hit by the emergence of Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley.
Barkley, Shaw, Henderson and Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling have breathed fresh optimism into England fans’ hopes for Brazil, where Hodgson believes they can make an impact as well as gaining invaluable experience.
But should England look to the future by picking youngsters?
Hodgson’s defensive selection looks pretty straightforward, having said in March that his four centre-backs for the World Cup would be Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Only if Jones is deemed unfit due to a recent shoulder problem will Everton teenager John Stones or Cardiff’s Steven Caulker be called up, while Kyle Walker may miss out because of a pelvic problem which has kept him out for two months.
Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick are in danger of missing out due to their poor seasons with Manchester United.
Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck look set to be Hodgson’s three main strikers.
Hodgson is a fan of Rickie Lambert, who is fighting it out with Andy Carroll for a fourth striker place. Jermain Defoe is sweating on his inclusion after swapping Tottenham for Toronto in March.
Joe Hart and Ben Foster are expected to be first and second-choice goalkeepers. John Ruddy, Fraser Forster and Jack Butland are vying for the third slot.
Hodgson will also name up to seven standby players, who will be drafted in should injuries occur in the warm-up camps in Portugal and Miami.
Hodgson names his 23-man party for South America on Monday at 2pm in Luton, at the home of England sponsor Vauxhall.