World Cup Squad Selection Reaction
Did anybody expect such an out with the old and in with the new move from Roy Hodgson? Probably everybody but most upset will be Ashley Cole. Cole has always been a bit of a marmite player, but one thing that can’t be denied is the consistency of support he has shown for the national team in his last 100 plus appearances. Way to go Ashley!
Cole announced his retirement from international football by saying “I got the call from Roy and agree the England team should be about the young players. I think it best I retire from England team now.” Hodgson announced his favoured choice for the left back position was Southampton’s 18 year old Luke Shaw. In what must have been a triumphant day for the youngster, after playing against Manchester United and helping hold them to a 1-1 draw, within hours of the match ending, United had tabled a £27 million bid to secure his services next season.
Elsewhere, Hodgson was announcing the remainder of his squad for Brazil. Roy has named a 23 man squad for the trip with an additional seven players to be held on standby. Fresh talent is seen in the form of Luke Shaw, Raheem Stirling and Ross Barkley who all have proven their ability in the under 21 squad.
The squad contains no new caps – quite right for such a senior, demanding tournament as the World Cup, now’s not the time to be testing out new blood. New caps would, however, go to John Stones of Everton and Jon Flannagan of Liverpool should their involvement in the tournament be necessary due to injury elsewhere in the senior squad.
At the other end of the scale, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, now all brimming with so much experience that this is likely to be their last tournament, will bring maturity and depth to the squad.
After trying out various combinations of 55 players over more than 20 games, Roy Hodgson does appear to have selected a squad with youth appeal. The big question is whether he has got the mix of youth and experience to guarantee success at this year’s tournament or whether this squad remains an investment in the future of the national game.