13 May 2014

Reaction positive to Hodgson's World Cup squad

11:57 am on 13 May 2014

The reaction has generally been good to England football manager Roy Hodgson's decision to pick a young squad for this year's World Cup.

Hodgson has selected plenty of fresh faces in his provisional squad, including the likes of Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana.

Only four players are 30 or over, 10 are under 25, only five have World Cup experience and 11 of the 23 have 10 caps or less.

Hodgson has defended selecting a lack of experience. He will have to name his final 23-man squad by June the 2nd.

Hodgson, not known as a risk-taker, can also draw on the immense experience of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner and goalkeeper Joe Hart for a tough assignment in Brazil where England face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.