England's 2014 World Cup Squad Announced, Ashley Cole Left Out.
By Christine Jane Caparras | May 14, 2014 6:11 PM EST
England's 2014 World Cup squad was finally announced on May 12 and the biggest news is not about who was selected but about the veterans who have failed to make manager Roy Hodgson's 23-man roster for the tournament.
England skipper Steven Gerrard and manager Roy Hodgson attend a press conference ahead of their friendly against Denmark, 4 March. Reuters
The most high-profile snub is Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, who started every game in the 2010 tournament and has been a stalwart of the England setup for 13 years, amassing 107 caps. Michael Carrick, Gareth Barry and other veterans also don't feature.
After learning of his exclusion, Cole announced his retirement from international football through social media. The tournament would have been Cole's fourth World Cup and Carrick's third
The most inexperienced player is 18-year-old Southampton defender Luke Shaw, who made his national team debut in March Southampton's Luke Shaw will act as reserve left-back behind Leighton Baines after a decision that Hodgson described as the hardest of his career. Cole has opted to retire from international football rather than wait on the reserve list, a choice that has the potential to come back and bite if either Shaw or Baines picks up an injury over the next month.
Gerrard will continue to be the team captain, coming off a fantastic season with Liverpool which saw them fighting until the last day of the season and ending it in second place behind Manchester City.
"There were a number of decisions which were not easy to make. I hope the squad will give a good account of itself and they won't let the country down." Hodgson said as he highlighted the difficulty of narrowing the players down to a 23-man line-up. The English FA has recently announced plans to limit foreign players in the English Premier League to boot local talent for international selections.
Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion)
Fraser Forster (Celtic)
Leighton Baines (Everton)
Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Phil Jagielka (Everton)
Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
Phil Jones (Man Utd)
Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Chris Smalling (Man Utd)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) - captain
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
James Milner (Manchester City)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
Stand by squad:
Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
Andy Carroll (West Ham United)
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)
Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC)
Jon Flanagan (Liverpool)
John Ruddy (Norwich City)
John Stones (Everton)
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