Roy Hodgson has warned England internationals within the Manchester United squad that none of them have a "God-given right" to be a part of his squad that travel to Brazil despite the fact that some of the have played crucial roles in the qualifying for the World Cup.
The Red Devils have maintained a strong showing in the England squad over the years but they see that number being cut down due to the club's poor performances this season. "Manchester United are one of the few teams that have had a lot of English players - but football players have to accept unfortunately their England careers are tied up with their club careers" Hodgson said.
Hodgson has a tough time choosing a finalised squad of 23 players and has stated that he will make his selection based off the player's club forms. "If it’s not going well in their clubs, and it’s not going well for them in their clubs, and other players are doing extremely well in their clubs, it does put your position as a national team player under some sort of threat."
The England manager has ensured fans of the Three Lions that past credentials will not rule his selection and that he will only choose the best players to board the plane. He added: "It’s up to me to pick who the best players for the job are at any given moment."
Hodgson has stated that the decision is not as straightforward as it may seem too many. "Often at the level we're talking about there's not light years between players; it's not like in a club team where someone is the best player and is an ordinary player. I'm choosing players who are on a fairly even level."
Hodgson has will announce his 23-man squad on May 12, a day after the conclusion of the Premier League and as things stand it looks like Wayne Rooney Danny Welbeck and possibly Michael Carrick could be the only Manchester United players on the plane to Brazil. Phil Jones has also been in contention, but injury could put paid to his hopes.