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Manager Roy Hodgson wants to give his younger players a chance to stake their 2014 World Cup claims in the remaining friendlies this season.

Hodgson urges youngsters to contend for World Cup places. He has challenged the next generation of England players to knock the old guard “off their perch” and make his squad for next summer’s finals in Brazil.

The 2-0 win over Poland on the 15th October secured England's place in Brazil 2014.
Speaking of the friendlies approaching, Hodgson states: "They give me a chance to give one or two others a chance," he goes on to add, "More importantly, it will give Daniel Sturridge, Andros Townsend, Chris Smalling, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a chance to play a bit more football."

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 22, impressed again against Poland as the latest England youngster to be given a chance by Hodgson, having been handed his debut in the victory against Montenegro on 11th October.

While the England boss has seven months to plan for the finals, he may have as few as three friendlies to assess the merits of the players he has to choose. A home friendly with Germany next month is expected to be announced imminently, with a second November match set to be organised.

"We have some interesting friendlies coming up," said Hodgson. "That is a chance to give one or two a chance to put that England shirt on. I have been quite consistent in my team selections. A lot of players have played a large number of these 10 qualifying games."

West Ham's 20-year-old midfielder Ravel Morrison is one attracting attention, with the likes of West Brom's Saido Berahino, 20, Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, and Southampton's midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 18, also impressing.

Hodgson has been urged to abandon his senior players in favour of youngsters such as Kieran Gibbs, Ross Barkley, Ravel Morrison and Saido Berahino and try to look beyond the tournament in Brazil.

But, under-21 boss Gareth Southgate believes his youngsters have to be dealt with delicately.
"Anything is possible but what we have to be careful with is how quickly we progress them," he said.

"We have a very good link with the seniors but for some slow progress will be better for the long term. There is a balance between those that can go in and make an impression and help the seniors but also, as part of their development, we have to be careful how quick we do that."

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