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Hodgson has known England World Cup squad ‘for a while’

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By Andrew Tuft

Monday 05 May 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed he has had his World Cup squad in mind for some time, BBC Sport has reported.

Roy Hodgson

Hodgson has to name the 23-man squad on May 12 and has said he doesn’t expect any late entries to the party to travel to Brazil. The former Fulham and Liverpool boss added that he feels such late entries to be counter-productive. “I've known for a while,” Hodgson confirmed.

“[We need] to come away from that somewhat, in my opinion, frivolous idea that a coach watches matches week after week - works with players over two years and 25 games - and then in the last couple of games of the season goes to watch a match and suddenly finds a player that had not played any point,” he added.

Hodgson also said he has one eye on Euro 2016 with his selection but any young players included for this year’s tournament will be there on merit, not potential. “[Euro 2016] is in the back of my mind but not in the forefront,” he insisted. “If there are young players in the squad it will be because they can do a job now.

“It will then be a bonus in 2016 as they will be experienced and hopefully that will serve us in good stead, but I don't intend to put them in the squad because of 2016.”

England face Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay in the tournament’s group stage, getting underway on June 14 against the Azzurri.

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