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."

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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.