Man Utd duo could be left out of England World Cup squad

Manchester United players such as Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley could miss out on the England World Cup squad after manager Roy Hodgson warned that their poor form form could cost them a place on the plane, reports the Independent.

Due to the lack of defenders available to Hodgson, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are likely to be named in the squad, which is announced on May 12.

However, with midfielders such as Everton’s Ross Barkley and Southampton’s Adam Lallana emerging as serious contenders for this summer’s tournament thanks to their impressive club form, question marks have been raised over Carrick and Cleverley due to their disappointing season at Old Trafford.

And Hodgson has warned that the duo, who have a combined total of 44 international caps, could be left at home. He said: “Manchester United are one of the few teams that have had a lot of English players, but football players have to accept unfortunately their England careers are tied up with their club careers.

‘If it’s not going well in their clubs, and it’s not going well for them in their clubs, and other players are doing extremely well in their clubs, it does put your position as a national team player under some sort of threat.

“I’m pretty certain that the Manchester United players will understand that – that there’s no god-given right that, because they’ve played in a few games up to now, they’ll play all the games in the future. It’s up to me to pick who the best players for the job are at any given moment.

‘Now that doesn’t mean to say you’ll choose a player for the national team every time he scores. But it does mean you are judging, over a relatively short period, who’s the best man for the job. Who’s the one doing best at this moment? Who’s in the best form?’

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