Big-name stars from Manchester United and Chelsea are in danger of being left out of the England squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
The Sun claim that England boss Roy Hodgson will omit at least one high-profile name from his final 23-man squad, with Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick all facing the axe.
“I am very conscious of the fact I could have to leave a big name out,” Hodgson told reporters after confirming a 30-man squad for next Wednesday’s international friendly against Denmark.
“It was a very different kettle of fish a couple of years ago, I don’t think there was much debate then.
“But I am pretty sure when I name 23 this time around, there will be a lot of debate.”
Of the aforementioned trio, Cole appears the most likely player to be left out of Hodgson’s squad at this stage.
The 33-year-old has lost his first-team place at Chelsea to Cesar Azpilicueta, while Hodgson’s decision to hand a first call-up to Southampton left-back Luke Shaw appears to be another nail in the coffin of Cole’s international career.
However, there are also doubts over whether his club teammate Lampard deserves a place in England’s final 23-man squad this summer. The midfielder turns 36 during this summer’s World Cup finals.
While Manchester United midfielder Carrick has struggled this term at Old Trafford.
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