England’s football team manager, Roy Hodgson, has said that England can win the World Cup. He made the comment at the revealing of the particularly young squad.
At the press conference Hodgson was asked if he thought the team could win the tournament to which he replied, “Yes I believe the squad can win the World Cup, otherwise what’s the point?”
He went on to say that “this talented group of players” can win if they play at their best. He explained that “We’re right to have some degree of optimism and to work on the basis there is a mood of optimism in the country. We’ll feed off that, get our energy from that, and we’ll make sure we do nothing to make sure we don’t let our country down.”
The squad contains just six players with prior World Cup experience: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, James Milner, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
Hodgson explained that the “youngsters are there because they deserve to be there. They can all play. I’m not taking anyone just for the experience, unless you can count Jon Flanagan.”
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Fraser Forster (Celtic).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Attackers: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).