Roy Hodgson announces England squad for World Cup

England manager Roy Hodgson has announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil. Manchester United midfielders Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick missed out but there was a place on the plane for Chelsea's Frank Lampard.

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Kyle Walker 'gutted' to miss out on World Cup place

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker says he is "gutted" to miss out on a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad as a result of a pelvic injury.

Roy Hodgson says England can win the Wold Cup

Roy Hodgson said England can win the World Cup in Brazil as he announced his 23-man squad for the tournament.

Roy Hodgson has announced his squad for the World Cup. Credit: PA Wire

Asked whether England could triumph in South America, Hodgson said: "Yes of course we can win the World Cup, but why would we be going otherwise? We are right to have some degree of optimism."

"But they are empty words, I have never understood the importance people attach to that.

"If we are going to win it we will have to play very well, prepare very well and this talented group of players have to show their talent."

Hodgson: Young players have imposed themselves

Roy Hodgson said England's young players have "imposed themselves" and deserve to be included in the World Cup squad.

The 66-year-old said players such as Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling had played so well for their club teams that they warranted their selection.

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Hodgson: 'Unbelievably hard decision to leave Cole out'

Roy Hodgson said it was an "unbelievably hard" decision to leave Ashley Cole out of his World Cup squad.

England manager Roy Hodgson. Credit: ITN

The England manager chose to include Southampton's 18-year-old left back Luke Shaw instead of the experienced 33-year-old Chelsea player.

Cole subsequently announced his retirement from international football as he wished England success at the tournament.

"It was an unbelievably hard decision because Ashley is a player I and the rest of my staff really appreciate. I think he is a magnificent player and what he has done for England is second to none," Hodgson said.

The 66-year-old said he was grateful for Ashley Cole's acceptance of the decision.

Michael Carrick speaks of World Cup disappointment

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has said he is "disappointed" and "hurt" to be left out of England's World Cup squad.

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