England World Cup roster: Roy Hodgson names squad, TFC's Jermain Defoe an alternate
Roy Hodgson is blending a new crop of young talent with some of England's longtime stalwarts for the Three Lions' World Cup quest.
A day after confirming his omission of veteran left back Ashley Cole, Hodgson named his 23-man World Cup roster, along with seven injury alternates. He included the likes of 18-year-old Luke Shaw and 20-year-old Ross Barkley in addition to regulars Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe, whose move to MLS was questioned by many when it came to his World Cup roster credentials, will only go if there is an injury, as he was named among Hodgson's alternates.
Prior to the World Cup, the Three Lions will play Peru in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on May 30 before heading to training camp in Miami (coincidentally, where former England icon David Beckham is aiming to launch an MLS expansion franchise).
England will play friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras at SunLife Stadium on June 4 and 7, respectively, and then head to Brazil, where it will play against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica in one of the competition's most difficult groups.
Here is England's final World Cup roster in full (with seven injury alternates named as well):
GOALKEEPERS: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Fraser Forster (Celtic)
DEFENDERS: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (England), 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)
FORWARDS: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United)
ALTERNATES: John Ruddy (Norwich City), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (West Ham United), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC)