England manager Roy Hodgson has named Manchester United stars Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck in his 23-man squad for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The four Reds will report for duty on 19 May, when the Three Lions will fly to Portugal for a week-long training camp before playing three friendly matches against Peru, Ecuador and Honduras. Hodgson’s men will then head to South America to face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D of the prestigious tournament.
"It's a big day, and a big day for me to announce the squad," Hodgson told reporters on Monday. "There were a number of decisions which were not easy to make. I hope the squad will give a good account of itself and the players won't let the country down."
Hodgson also selected United's Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley on a seven-man standby list. Elsewhere, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa have both earned call-ups for Mexico and Japan respectively.
England's World Cup squad: Hart, Foster, Forster; Baines, Cahill, Jagielka, Johnson, Jones, Shaw, Smalling; Gerrard, Barkley, Henderson, Lallana, Lampard, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Wilshere; Lambert, Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck.
Standby list: Carrick, Carroll, Cleverley, Defoe, Flanagan, Ruddy, Stones.
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