While the gaze of Premier League football fans is currently firmly fixed on the enthralling title race that is unfolding, focus will soon switch to the World Cup, which is set to be the sporting highlight of summer 2014. Brazil is the chosen destination for the event and England will be keen to make a real impression.
Preparations for the tournament have began in earnest with manager Roy Hodgson’s squad announcement for their upcoming friendly international against Denmark at Wembley Stadium.Southampton defender Luke Shaw, 18, appears set to make his debut, while there is also space in the squad for Raheem Sterling, 19, Everton’s Ross Barkley, 20, and recalled Cardiff defender Steven Caulker, 22.
Clearly the manager has one eye on the future in the naming of his squad – something he happily admitted when he said it was about time that Shaw was introduced to the senior set-up. The youngster has played three times for England Under-21s and made his Southampton debut at 16.
What’s more, he has been also been linked with moves to a number of top clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. “Anyone who has watched him play would not deny he deserves a place,” Hodgson said. “We are very well off in this position but he wants to compete for a place on the plane to Brazil.”He conceded, though, that he is not decided on his final team and that there is still room for other players to force their way in
.”It would be very foolish of me in March to give a definitive 30-man squad [for the World Cup],” Hodgson said. “This is the squad I have chosen for now.”He must name his 30-man squad for the World Cup by May 13th.Fancy seeing England in action next week?