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World Cup: Roy Hodgson puts faith in young stars

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The 23 have been chosen. Exciting, trusted, robust and a blend unseen in recent years, this team is popular. There is a sensible reliance on what is left of the old guard, though the enlisting of messus Shaw, Barkley and Sterling represents a very real shake up in the ranks.

The inquest after South Africa was neither long nor painstaking; more the culmination of years of English arrogance that has hindered any tangible progress. Draws against the USA and Algeria were only appeased slightly by a more positive performance against European minnows Slovenia, whilst the final straw for Capello was emphatically delivered by old foes Germany.

This is all irrelevant now of course, though what it did do was demonstrate how blatantly deficient England was in producing potential. What has followed is a decided effort to ensure a real future for English football, embodied in the first class training centre at St.George's Park. 

Not long after the dust and Gareth Barry’s heart rate had settled, Roy Hodgson took charge. European qualification already secured under Capello (thanks Fabio), Roy was thrown in the deep end. Less fancied after his tenure at Liverpool the decision was far from popular, though his pedigree undoubted especially at international level. Our relationship with Roy has blossomed.

Overlook the rather amusing rhotacism and his ever-greying hair and you have a calm and measured man who is humbled by the task in front of him. He remains a proud Englishmen, and while some may warn of dreary-eyed patriotism when selecting a new coach, it is clear that in previous regimes communication and respect have been issues.

Capello, unrivalled in his success at club level struggled to cope with the rigours of the international scene, notably the language barrier between himself and a collection of very individual individuals. Everyone has to start somewhere of course, though perhaps the cauldron of expectation that accompanies England wherever they go was too hot to handle.

Hodgson brings with him a grounded but fierce attitude, something that encapsulates the English spirit. Capello, cautious in his nature and tactical by virtue, struggled to articulate exactly how he felt in a culture where he was always under the microscope.

The age of Hodgson has yielded a far more pragmatic approach towards youth development. A cameo appearance for Wilfried Zaha, trust in Andros Townsend to deliver in two critical matches and now the decision to replace a world renowned left-back with an 18 year old.

Whilst not exactly in the ilk of Joachim Loew’s shock and awe recruitment, the focus on the future has been noticeable, much like the increasing likeability of Hodgson; always honest and realistic in his post-match reflections.

What else is noticeable is the widespread support with which the announcement was received. Hodgson with his squad selection has affirmed his place beyond 2014 whatever the outcome in Brazil and has put to bed a typecast image of himself.

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