Roy Hodgson concedes he may be forced to leave a star name at home ahead of selecting his final team to go to Brazil in May, according to ESPN.
The 66-year-old recently publicised a jumbo-size squad of 30 players for next week’s friendly against Denmark including Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Southampton’s Luke Shaw and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.
Although the FIFA deadline falls on June 2, Hodgson is committed to naming England’s final 23-man squad for football’s marquee tournament on May 13 and his obvious focus on youth could see stalwarts like Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, James Milner and Ashley Cole left behind.
"I am very conscious of the fact that I could have to leave a big name out,'' the former West Brom coach said.
"It was a very different kettle of fish a couple of years ago (before Euro 2012), I don't think there was much debate then.
"This time I will have to disappoint some people I have worked with who have maybe done a good job for me and the team.’'
The aforementioned quartet face an uphill battle to snatch a ticket to Brazil, but none more so than Chelsea’s Ashley Cole as the England manager indicated teenage fullback Luke Shaw could get the nod on Wednesday night.
When quizzed whether the youngster would get a run-out against the Danes, Hodgson replied: "It is a logical thought but I can't make promises.
"I think everyone who has watched him play recently will not deny that he deserves a place in a large squad like this.
"It would be nice if he gets to play on Wednesday night, but that decision hasn't been made.’'
England will be hoping to start their World Cup preparations in style with a win at Wembley next week.
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