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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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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.

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