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Championship players are worthy of an England call-up

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Following Roy Hodgson's latest squad announcement in preparation for the friendly against Denmark, serious doubts have been raised by some fans over England's World Cup chances.

Wednesday's clash with their European counterparts will be Hodgson's last chance to cast his eye over an England team before he has to submit his 23-man squad by June 2.

The former Liverpool boss has never shied away from springing a surprise or two, but many have doubted his latest squad which sees the likes of Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck retain their place despite a disappointing domestic season at Manchester United.

With the Championship season as entertaining as ever, it would be naive to suggest that players of the second tier of football don't deserve a call-up because they're not big names.

In the past, there have only been a handful of Championship players called-up by England, with Wilfried Zaha, Jay Bothroyd and David Nugent notable names of recent years.

But as the the league becomes more competitive each year, it becomes obvious that the pool of talent has increased and there are a handful of players that could more than hold their own in an England squad, and deservedly so.

A major argument is that Premier League players have the experience and know-how to represent their country and perform on a big stage, but does that alone merit the opportunity to play in Brazil?

Burnley striker Danny Ings and Watford's Troy Deeney have been two stand-out performers in the Championship score charts, netting 19 and 15 goals respectively, while the likes of Derby duo Will Hughes and Andre Wisdom have been looking good for Steve McLaren's side.

As always, fans will remain hopeful as Hodgson names the best possible team to represent the country in Brazil, but I don't see any reason why the England manager wasn't bolder with his team choice.

You don't have to look far to see the standard of talent in the Championship, with sides like Queens Park Rangers boasting the talent of Jermaine Jenas, Joey Barton and Charlie Austin.

I can't help but think that Hodgson could have made far worse decisions than to reward the talents of Championship players and they they deserve a chance to represent their country far more than Cleverley, Smalling and Welbeck.

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