Hodgson Names Youthful England Squad
Roy Hodgson has named his England squad for their friendly with Italy next week and it seems he is more than willing at giving the youngsters an opportunity to show their worth.
Hodgson, naming his first squad since England’s European Championships campaign, has decided the trip to Switzerland is the perfect opportunity to give the next generation of England squads a chance with Tottenham duo Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore joined in the squad by Jack Rodwell, Jack Butland, Ryan Bertrand, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is also recalled to the international stage after rejecting the chance to be on the standby list for this summer Euros, a list that included Adam Johnson who has also made the squad.
Very much an experimental squad, Frank Lampard is given a chance to show Hodgson that he still has a lot to offer after missing the bulk of the Euros with injury along with Kyle Walker and Gary Cahill who are also recalled.
The likes of John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney have all been left out along with regulars Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson. It seems Rio Ferdinand’s England career is over after he is once again not included.
Squad for friendly v Italy:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).