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Roy Hodgson reveals England World Cup squad

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Roy Hodgson announced his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup yesterday at the Vauxhall Plant in Luton.

It is evident that Hodgson is building for the future and wants to give the English youth some experience of the biggest stage in world football.

Maybe the stand out selection was 18-year old Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, who was favoured ahead of Chelsea veteran Ashley Cole, who himself has 107 caps to his name - 106 of which were starts.

After getting the disappointing call from the England manager, Cole announced his retirement from international duty on his Twitter account.

Out of the 23, only six have ever represented England at a World Cup before (Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Wayne Rooney and James Milner) which goes to show the importance of youth to Hodgson going into this competition.

Adam Lallana, Southampton's captain, has had an amazing campaign and could possibly find himself as a candidate for the starting 11 along with young Liverpool midfielders Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling and Everton starlet Ross Barkley.

Unfortunately not on the plane to Brazil are Manchester United midfielders Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley, who Hodgson felt had not performed well enough this season, as well as poacher Jermain Defoe, whose career may have suffered after he moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Toronto FC .

In a perhaps unsurprising move, Southampton's penalty expert Rickie Lambert was selected over struggling West Ham striker Andy Carroll.

England 23 man squad in full...

Goalkeepers; Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Frasier Forster

Defenders; Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw, Gary Cahill

Midfielders; Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley

Strikers; Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge

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