Hodgson wants England players to focus on World Cup

England manager Roy Hodgson has advised his players not to be conducting transfer business while on World Cup duty, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The England squad will be named on May 12 before travelling to Portugal a week later for warm-weather training. The party is likely to have a number of players whose futures at club level are unclear, with the Telegraph mentioning Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw specifically.

Lallana is understood to be a target for Liverpool while Shaw has caught the eye of Manchester United and Chelsea, and is expected to edge out Chelsea’s Ashley Cole for a place in the England squad as understudy to Leighton Baines.

Hodgson didn’t mention the Saints players by name but warned that everyone’s attention needs to be on the World Cup. “There is a great mood of positivity amongst the general public not just for the younger players but the team,” Hodgson said.

“We have got a responsibility to feed off that positivity, feed off that enthusiasm and how can a player feed off the positivity if he is more concerned about his club future?”

Hodgson added that while he expects talks to go on during the tournament, business should be kept to a minimum. “The players will have to accept I’m not going to show any sympathy for that side of it. As far as I am concerned they are signing up for England,” he continued.

“You can either tell him [your agent]: ‘I want to go here, so get it sorted out’ or if you’re not prepared to do that, because there are too many options, say to him: ‘you go away, you sort the options out and when you have got something to put on the table you come back to me because, at the moment, I’m working for England and that’s where my head is because it can’t afford not to be.’”

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