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This Liverpool star shows why Hodgson axed England’s Old Guard

Date: 21st June 2014 at 10:33pm
Written by Christy Malyan

An impetus on youth is undoubtedly  England's most visible hallmark for  Brazil 2014. FA Chief Greg Dyke has created an entire commission specifically to answer the tough questions surrounding home-grown English talents, even suggesting a reconfiguration of the lower leagues and the introduction of 'B Teams', and Roy Hodgson has reflected that concern in his squad selection for the tournament, favouring a new breed of young Englishmen over the well-established old guard. That progressive policy was typified but by no means exclusive to the selection of Luke Shaw over Ashley Cole. Likewise, the England manager overlooked Michael Carrick and Gareth Barry in favour of Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson, and also refused the opportunity to offer John Terry his international swansong. I still believe that if Hodgon's life were at stake, Terry and Cole would have both been selected in his World Cup squad. The former was unanimously viewed as the Premier League's most in-form English defender last season and the latter proved his utility at top ... Read More


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