Hodgson - Youngsters Merit Their Place
Manager Roy Hodgson has said that he believes the youngsters he has selected for our 23 man World Cup squad have more than merited their inclusion.
Having named seven players aged 23 or under in the overall team for the trip to Brazil with the likes of Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck all being in contention for our Group D opener against Italy, Hodgson told theFA.com.
'So many players have burst onto the scene since we qualified. They've imposed themselves upon me. They've played so well and done so well and been so effective in their club teams and had such success, that I think they're really imposed themselves and their ability on my thinking.'
Hodgson goes on to say that the only way for young players to get experience is by being given an opportunity, and that's exactly what he believes they have deserved throughout their performances for the club sides this season.
'Those six who have been to World Cups before, once upon a time, they didn't have experience either. It's a catch 22 situation.'
The gaffer goes on to say that having got the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney in the squad, he more than believes that he has the balance right amongst the team, and of course we also have Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Leighton Baines and so on amongst the team who carry good international and club experience themselves, so the youngsters do have players around them that they can lean on in training and in games, as long as the seniors step up.
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