World Cup 2014: Luke Shaw backed for England over Cole








9 March 2014
Last updated at
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Luke Shaw should go to this summer’s World Cup instead of Ashley Cole, says former England manager Graham Taylor.

The 18-year-old

made his full England debut

last week against Denmark.

The Southampton defender is expected to compete for one of two left-back spots in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, along with Leighton Baines, 29, and Cole, 33.

“Shaw could be seen as a gamble, but if you’re taking Cole and he is not first choice, then I think Shaw should be taken instead,” Taylor said.

“I think Baines will play and Shaw should be taken to earn experience for the future,” he told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme.

“I’m not discrediting Cole for all that he has achieved with England, but everybody’s time comes and in Ashley’s case it is gradually coming.

“There will be a lot of time off the pitch and Ashley, with over 100 caps, will want to know why he is not playing. Better to take a boy who you know has great potential.”

Cole made his England debut under Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2001 and has played in three World Cups and two European Championships.

The defender made his 107th international appearance in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory against Denmark at Wembley.

Cole has played only 13 times in the Premier League for Chelsea this season, however, and is no longer an automatic pick for his country.

That mantle appears to have been passed over to Baines, not least because of the Everton defender’s fine performances in two crucial World Cup qualifying fixtures in October.

Hodgson rested him for the Denmark friendly, in order to better

assess Cole and Shaw.

The latter became the youngest Southampton player to win an England cap when he replaced Cole at half-time.

Coming only 16 months after his Premier League debut, it was was an experience the teenager described as

“like a dream”.

Taylor, who managed England for three years between 1990 and 1993, said he would also include Shaw’s Southampton team-mate Adam Lallana in the 23-man squad for Brazil.

The 25-year-old midfielder impressed against Denmark as he earned his third England cap.

“The way he takes people on gives him something to offer,” said Taylor.

“He has done ever so well every time he comes on and should be in the squad.”







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Jack Wilshere: Arsenal & England midfielder out for six weeks








6 March 2014
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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be sidelined for at least six weeks after fracturing his left foot.

The 22-year-old was injured in a challenge with Liverpool’s Daniel Agger in the 12th minute of

England’s 1-0 win over Denmark

on Wednesday.

He was eventually substituted in the 59th minute of the match at Wembley.

He will miss Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Everton and Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Bayern Munich.

Arsenal then have a north London derby with Tottenham at White Hart Lane the following Sunday and also play fellow title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City before the end of the month.

It was initially thought Wilshere had escaped serious damage after the Football Association carried out scans on Wednesday evening.

It emerged the fracture was so miniscule that the scanning equipment inside Wembley Stadium failed to detect it when the midfielder left the pitch.

A further examination by his club on Thursday discovered a crack in the navicular bone, which runs along the top of the foot.

The news will no doubt have been a huge surprise to Wilshere, who confidently told reporters after the Denmark match that he was fine before speaking of his desire to finish the season strongly with Arsenal.

“It is a bit sore, but just a bruise,” he said. “I have had a scan already and I will be all right.”

Arsenal will be compensated for the injury by the FA and will not have to pay for Wilshere’s wages while he is on the sidelines.

Wilshere’s career has been hampered by injuries, including a

stress fracture of his right ankle

that ruled him out for the 2011-12 campaign and forced him to miss Euro 2012.

He has played 41 games for club and country this season, but

served a two-game ban

in December for an abusive hand gesture.

Television pictures appeared to show him raising a finger towards the crowd during the 6-3 defeat by Manchester City.







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Luke Shaw: England defender cherishes “dream” debut








6 March 2014
Last updated at
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Southampton defender Luke Shaw hopes he has improved his World Cup chances after a “dream” England debut.

Shaw became the youngest Southampton player to win an England cap

after coming on at half-time against Denmark.



The left-back, 18, is battling Ashley Cole

and Leighton Baines for a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Brazil and did himself justice with a solid display.

“It was like a dream, it was kind of weird…but I think I handled it quite well,” Shaw told BBC Radio Solent,

“It has been an emotional week and the best week of my life. I’ll never forget this week,”

Alan Shearer was Southampton’s previous youngest England debutant, having made his debut against France in 1992 at the age of 21.

And Shaw admitted he was consumed by nerves on the bench as he waited to come on, but senior players in the squad helped him settle down.

“It was very weird for me at the start [of the week],” he said. “Some of the big names were there like [Wayne] Rooney, [Steven] Gerrard, [Frank] Lampard and [Ashley] Cole. They are people I look up to and it was great to be alongside them and train alongside world-class players.

“There were a lot of nerves and I was sat on the bench shaking as I knew I was coming on at a half-time. This was the biggest game of my career but the older pros told me to enjoy myself and I did.

“Gerrard obviously knew how I was feeling, so it was good of him to get me a touch early rather than waiting anxiously for the ball to come.”

Shaw has made rapid progress, having only made his Premier League debut 16 months ago, but with Everton defender Baines’ World Cup place all but certain, he believes he has only a “little chance” of getting the nod for Brazil ahead of the experienced Cole for the other left-back berth.

However, he added: “Wow, I’m 18 years old, I’ve played in the Premier League over 50 times and now I have a cap for England and not many 18-year-olds can say that. I’m very proud.

“I felt like I had a good game, I played my normal attacking game and I felt I did well.”







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Kyle Walker to miss England friendly against Denmark








2 March 2014
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Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker will not be fit for England’s friendly against Denmark on Wednesday, according to Spurs boss Tim Sherwood.

The 23-year-old could still link up with Roy Hodgson’s squad, but Sherwood thinks the defender will not be ready to play after a hip injury.

Walker missed

Spurs’ 1-0 victory over Cardiff

on Sunday, and Sherwood said: “He won’t be fit for England.”

Spurs’ Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen will also be absent.

The 22-year-old is still recovering from a back injury which forced him to also miss Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane.

Sherwood said Walker would “probably” link up with England as they will be spending time at Spurs’ training complex.

“We’re just hoping to nurse him back to fitness for next week [against Chelsea], so we’ll see how that goes,” he added.

“Christian Eriksen won’t be ready for Denmark either.”

Walker’s absence makes it almost certain Glen Johnson will start at right-back for Hodgson’s men, thereby winning his 50th cap.

Everton centre-back

Phil Jagielka is already absent

because of a hamstring injury.

Wednesday’s game at Wembley is the final chance for Hodgson to see his players in action for the national side before he names his squad for the World Cup in Brazil.







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Luke Shaw: Southampton full-back revels in England call-up








27 February 2014
Last updated at
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Luke Shaw has described his

call-up for England’s friendly

against Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday as “unbelievable”.

The Southampton teenager only made his Premier League debut last season and he is now a serious contender to make England’s World Cup squad for Brazil.

“I thought I was going to be called up to the Under-21s but to get a senior call is unbelievable,” said Shaw.


“It’s a proud day. I’m only 18. I cannot believe it. I am really excited. It’s a massive confidence boost.”

Left-back Shaw is part of manager Roy Hodgson’s 30-man England squad and is likely to make his debut on Wednesday.

“Roy rang me this morning and told me I was in the senior team, and that I was there on merit,” said Shaw. “I wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t know what to say.”

Hodgson said: “I think everyone who has watched him play recently will not deny that he deserves a place in a large squad like this.

“It would be nice if he gets to play on Wednesday night, but that decision hasn’t been made.”

Shaw was rejected by Arsenal, Chelsea and Fulham as a youngster and was signed by Southampton as an eight-year-old.

He made his first-team debut aged 16 in a 1-1 FA Cup draw at Millwall in January 2012.

He featured in Saints’ Capital One Cup ties at the start of the 2012-13 season and was given a surprise Premier League debut at West Brom in November that year.

His performances this season have attracted speculation that both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal are keen to sign him.

With Ashley Cole no longer first choice at Chelsea, Shaw stands a reasonable chance of being included alongside Everton left-back Leighton Baines in Hodgson’s final 23-man World Cup squad.

Shaw said thoughts of playing in Brazil had never crossed his mind.

But he added: “There is a friendly and hopefully I will get some game time and keep up the performances I have been having at Southampton and then who knows what will happen.”







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England call up Southampton’s Luke Shaw for Denmark game








27 February 2014
Last updated at
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Southampton defender Luke Shaw has been named in the England squad for the first time for the friendly against Denmark at Wembley next Wednesday.

The 18-year-old left-back is joined in a 30-man squad by Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, 19, and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 20.

National boss Roy Hodgson has recalled Cardiff defender Steven Caulker, 22, for the first time in more than a year.

But Sunderland’s Adam Johnson and Everton’s Gareth Barry miss out.

Wednesday’s game is the final chance for Hodgson to see his players in action before he names his squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Barry, 33, won the last of his 53 England caps in a

pre-Euro 2012 friendly against Norway

in Oslo.

Johnson, 26, has not featured since he was an unused substitute against Poland in 2012, but the winger has scored seven goals in his past nine club appearances

Caulker scored in his only England appearance to date, in November 2012, but his performance was overshadowed by

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting four goals.

More to follow.

England squad:

Goalkeepers:

Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders:

Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders:

Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards:

Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).







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Phil Jagielka out of England v Denmark friendly with injury








27 February 2014
Last updated at
10:18













Everton defender Phil Jagielka has been ruled out of England’s friendly against Denmark on 5 March with a hamstring injury.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez said of the 31-year-old: “Phil felt his hamstring and will be missing at the weekend [v West Ham] and for England.”

England boss Roy Hodgson will name an enlarged squad of about 30 players later on Thursday.

Martinez also suggested Gareth Barry should return to the England set-up.

Barry, 33, has been impressive in the Toffees midfield this season while on loan from Manchester City, but despite winning 53 England caps he has not played for his country since May 2012.

Martinez said: “I think Barry is ready to help England. The experience he brings is quite unique. It would be a great honour if he got a recall.”

Wednesday’s game at Wembley is the final chance for Hodgson to see his players in action before he names his squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

The England manager says he will try to strike the right balance between youth and experience as he prepares for the tournament, which begins in South America on 12 June.

Southampton full-back Luke Shaw, Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson have all played well for their clubs in recent months.

Speaking after the recent Euro 2016 draw, Hodgson said: “We can’t just throw every senior player aside because maybe in 2016 there will be even more youngsters coming through.

“But we always want to make certain that we do select some young players.”

The 66-year-old added: “Even though the focus is on Denmark we also want to introduce some ideas to the players that we have with regard to going to Brazil, about how we are going to do things logistically.”







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West Ham: Kevin Nolan’s England hopes downplayed by Allardyce








23 February 2014
Last updated at
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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes Kevin Nolan is one of the best goalscoring midfielders in the Premier League – but still does not think he stands a chance of an England call-up.

The 31-year-old scored his fifth goal in as many games in the

Hammers’ 3-1 win over Southampton

on Saturday.

That victory, their fourth in a row, leaves West Ham 10th in the table.

“There are very, very few players better than him at scoring goals from midfield,” said Allardyce.

England face Denmark in a Wembley friendly on 5 March, but Allardyce would be surprised if the former Bolton and Newcastle player is included in Roy Hodgson’s squad.

“He has had a lot of times that he has knocked on the [England] door and I don’t think that’s going to make much difference for him now,” he said.

“He is in his 30s now so he has got to continue his career as long as he possibly can by doing what he has always done, and that is score goals.”







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Raheem Sterling: Liverpool winger in England contention








16 February 2014
Last updated at
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England manager Roy Hodgson says Raheem Sterling’s impressive form for Liverpool has put him in contention for a place in his World Cup squad.

The winger, 19, has been a first-team regular for the Reds this season and scored twice in the

5-1 win against

Arsenal this month.


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[Sterling, Zaha & Johnson] have got it all to play for but at the end of the day I’ll have to make a choice. I can’t take all of them



Roy Hodgson


His only England appearance to date came

against Sweden

in November 2012.

But Hodgson said: “Since he got back into the Liverpool team his form seems to be going up and up.”

After making his international debut, Sterling struggled to secure a regular place in Liverpool’s starting line-up last season.

However, he has made 25 appearances so far in 2013-14, scoring six goals, and has played a key role in helping Brendan Rodgers’s side stay in contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Hodgson added: “He is doing it for a top team and that puts a lot of pressure on everybody else because if you can do it at the top of the table with Liverpool then you can do it in an England shirt as well.”

Sterling is not the only player whose form has impressed Hodgson this season.

Forward Wilfried Zaha, 21, has two England caps, having made his debut in the same game against Sweden as Sterling, before making a substitute appearance in last August’s

3-2 friendly victory

over Scotland.

The former Crystal Palace man had been unable to force his way into the first team at Manchester United, but is featuring regularly for Cardiff City, who he

joined on loan

last month.

Meanwhile, Sunderland winger Adam Johnson earned the last of his 12 caps four years ago but a run of six goals in five games for the Black Cats means he could be in contention for a place in Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s tournament in Brazil.

“Zaha is back in the frame again because he’s playing football at Cardiff,” Hodgson added.

“Adam Johnson is another contender. These guys have got it all to play for but at the end of the day I’ll have to make a choice. I can’t take all of them.”

Meanwhile, Hodgson said he would not be able to take a full-strength squad to England’s pre-World Cup training camp in May if a Premier League team made it to the Champions League final.

Hodgson intends to take his squad to Portugal for a week of warm-weather training from 19-23 May.

The Champions League final takes place on 24 May and Hodgson said: “In many ways I would be happy if an English team got to the final. All it would mean is that those players involved would join us later.”

England, who open their World Cup Group D campaign against Italy on 14 June, next play a friendly against Denmark on 5 March.







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Steven Gerrard can play deeper for England, says Brendan Rodgers








12 February 2014
Last updated at
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes midfielder Steven Gerrard has a lot to offer England in a deeper role.

The 33-year-old has been successfully employed as a holding midfielder for the Reds this season.

Rodgers feels England boss Roy Hodgson should consider playing the national team captain in that position at this summer’s World Cup.

“Everyone knows Steve’s qualities, but it would be good for Roy to see him in that single pivot role,” said Rodgers.

“He has amazed me with the quality he has played in it so quickly.

“When he was playing as the number 10 or advanced midfielder his movement was incredible – he had the movement of a striker in the box.

“So to flip that and become a playmaker in the other half of the field shows the tactical intelligence he has and how he has a lot to offer.”

Hodgson is expected to name his provisional 30-man World Cup squad in May.

Rodgers believes that should the former Liverpool boss make a trip back to Anfield, there would be several other players who could force their way into his thinking ahead of this summer’s tournament in Brazil.

Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge have been consistently impressive this season, while Raheem Sterling and young defender Jon Flanagan impressed in Saturday’s

5-1 victory

against Arsenal.

Rodgers added: “Jordan Henderson has shown his tactical development, maturity and leadership qualities while Raheem Sterling, for a kid of 19 to be playing at the level he is, with invention, speed and scoring a couple of goals in a big game, has been absolutely outstanding.

“Sturridge speaks for himself, he’ll get goals. His transformation from being a Chelsea reserve player to being what I consider to be the number nine for England for a World Cup is a good signal for, especially young British players, that if you come to Liverpool you will get your opportunity if your focus is right.”







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