Wayne Rooney, as expected, has been announced in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for the World Cup this summer, and the Manchester United player has pledged he and his colleagues will "give everything" they have got in the hope of achieving success in Brazil.
Hodgson revealed his squad on Monday, along with seven players placed on standby, and opted to include Southampton teenager Luke Shaw ahead of Ashley Cole. This decision prompted Cole to retire from England duty.
Shaw is joined in the squad by Saints teammates Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, while there was also an inclusion for young Everton midfielder Ross Barkley. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rooney add a spine of experience to the squad, and the latter is desperate for the World Cup campaign to begin.
"Delighted to be named in the England squad for Brazil. It’s always a massive honour to play for my country and I can't wait to get over there,” Rooney posted on his official Facebook page. “It's an exciting group of players and as a team we will be giving it everything we've got!"
Rooney is joined in the squad by Manchester United teammates Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck, while Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick are on standby. Liverpool are the most well represented team, with captain Gerrard named alongside Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge.
England's 23-man World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Fraser Forster
Defenders: Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Luke Shaw, Leighton Baines, Chris Smalling, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, James Milner, Frank Lampard, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Rickie Lambert
Standby list: John Ruddy, Jon Flanagan, John Stones, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe