England boss Hodgson has no time for homesick players in Brazil
England manager Roy Hodgson has told his players they should not bother coming to the World Cup if they are worried about getting homesick.
Hodgson's 23-man squad, named a week on Monday, will fly to Portugal on May 19 to begin preparations for the World Cup.
They will then return to London for a friendly against Peru before heading to Miami for an eight-day training camp that will also include matches against Honduras and Ecuador.
If England make it to the World Cup final they will spend a total of eight weeks together - most of it away from their families.
Just before the 2010 World Cup, Leighton Baines admitted he was worried about going to South Africa because he would find it hard to be away from home for such a long time.
But Hodgson points out that a lot of Englishmen - particularly those serving in Afghanistan - have a lot more worrying problems on their plate, so the players should instead embrace the World Cup, rather than fear it.
"From May 12th the players are going to be away. They'll be with another group of players, doing maybe only one training session a day, so there'll be a lot of free time," Hodgson said.
"You're not going to be with your wife, you're going to not see your kids. But this is something you sign up for.
"Once you sign up for that, you shouldn't then be saying: 'Oh I'm missing my family; oh I'm bored. Or what can you do to help me?'
"It's complete nonsense, it's just one of those silly excuses that people use.
"You really cannot have that attitude. You've got to put your hand up and say 'I can't handle it' .
"Those soldiers sat in their barracks must have plenty of boredom in their lives."
Hodgson will lay on quiz nights and other "leisure activities", but the players will mostly be left to their own devices between training and evening team meetings.
"There is only so much you can do," he said.
"There are 23 different players and you can't put something different on for each player. You could have a quiz night and someone will say 'I enjoyed that' and someone else will say 'I hate quizzes'.
"Security issues are also a problem. In Poland we had plenty of opportunities to walk around but we'll have to accept it (in Brazil), like it was with me with Switzerland in Detroit (in '94), there was nowhere for the players to go."
Boredom will be felt most acutely by the likes of Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, and Adam Lallana - all key players who will be making their World Cup debuts.
Although they were unbeaten in their qualifying campaign, England looked turgid at times, particularly in their away games in Ukraine, Poland and Montenegro.
But the emergence of Lallana, Sterling and Andros Townsend - who will now miss the tournament with an ankle injury - gave Hodgson renewed optimism about the summer.
"I think we have seen the emergence of a new generation of players who are on the cusp maybe of becoming something," he said.
Hodgson was keen to stress the new crop will be under pressure to perform, though.
"If these players can't produce some sort of performance now, what is to say they are going to do it in two years' time?" the former Liverpool manager added.
"It's not something you turn on or off, it's either there or it isn't."
It would be a big surprise if Sterling was not selected in his squad, particularly now that Townsend and Theo Walcott are out through injury.
Hodgson is confident that Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jagielka will overcome their respective injuries to make the 23.
Barring a shock injury in the final week of the season, Tottenham defender Kyle Walker is Hodgson's only major concern due to a pelvic problem.
If Walker misses out, Hodgson could add another centre-back or left-back, as Chris Smalling and Phil Jones can play at right-back.
Hodgson would not rule out the possibility of having Ashley Cole, Baines and Luke Shaw in his squad.
"Of course it is a possibility, there's no question of that," the 66-year-old said.
Smalling and Jones, along with Tom Cleverley, have played a key role in England's qualifying campaign, but at least one of them could miss out after enduring a difficult season at Manchester United.
"Manchester United are one of the few teams that have had a lot of English players, but football players have to accept their England careers are tied up with their club careers," Hodgson said.
"If it's not going well in their clubs, and it's not going well for them, it does put your position as a national team player under some sort of threat."
Although this will be the second time Hodgson has selected a squad for a major tournament, the experience of delivering the bad news to the players he has left out will not be an enjoyable one for the England manager.