Ex-Liverpool striker Emile Heskey believes that Roy Hodgson’s decision to pick a number of younger players in his World Cup squad may be a benefit to England’s chances.

Big name stars such as Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick didn’t make the 23-man selection for the showpiece tournament in Brazil, as the Three Lions coach opted to instead pick talented options with less experience.

Among the names on the list are Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw, who enjoyed excellent seasons at club level in the Premier League.

England stuck with a tried and tested set-up during South Africa 2010, enduring a largely underwhelming tournament.

Heskey believes that inexperience is a factor to take into account over the coming months, but he doesn’t believe that it will be a major drawback:

“Comparing this current group of players with the South African squad – I think we had more experience in the 2010 World Cup squad,” he told Goal.

“But sometimes that experience can play against you as well.

“If you’ve got youth and inexperience, the chain of thought isn’t there; the young players, they just go out and play. They go out and enjoy themselves and sometimes that’s the best way to play.”

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