Wednesday April 30 2014
England squad named in two weeks

England will name their provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup on May 12, it has been revealed.

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson will pick the initial group in two weeks, before whittling it down to 23 names at the end of next month.

England have been drawn in Group D alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, and face the Azzurri in their first match on June 14 in Manaus.

Two names who certainly won’t be on the plane to South America are Jay Rodriguez and Theo Walcott. The Southampton and Arsenal forwards are both recovering from serious knee injuries, and are therefore not in contention.

The 66-year-old former Inter Coach however, has insisted that he will pick names who have been consistent for months, not just those who have come into their own recently.

“I've had a very clear idea of what I want to do with this squad for a long, long time. Certainly over the last couple of weeks I'm pretty much sure of what I want to do when it comes to the team,” he told Fifa’s official website.

“All I can do is be really clear in my mind with what I want to do as a squad and which players I want to take.

“Nothing that happens in the last four games, in terms of form, is going to affect me. I don't judge players on their last-minute form over two or three games. I'm judging them over two years.”

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