5 players unlucky to miss out on Hodgson's 'young' England squad

Ravel Morrison low quality

Players from West Ham, Cardiff, West Brom, Aston Villa, and Southampton feature.

Following the World Cup Qualifying victory over Poland that assured England of a place in Brazil, manager Roy Hodgson promptly told the press that it was likely a bevy of youngsters would be given a chance to impress in the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Chile.

And as Roy Hodgson announced his squad at Friday lunchtime, there were plenty of young players left delighted by a first call-up, or the chance to add to a sprinkling of appearances. Fraser Forster, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez can all look forward to a first cap, while John Ruddy, Kieran Gibbs, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and Jordan Henderson will all look to add to to theirs.

But which youngsters can feel aggrieved to miss out on a chance to impress? Below we look at five that likely just missed the cut:

1. Ravel Morrison - The West Ham United attacking midfielder has looked one of the classiest young English players around this year, as his fantastic goals against Tottenham, and then San Marino for the Under 21's showed. Rumours of a buyback clause in his contract may yet make his move to London a good one for former team Manchester United. Seems to have dismissed any concerns over his attitude that may have lingered this year, but needs more than the nine Premier League games he has gathered to make a serious claim to a squad place. 

2. Steven Caulker - Caulker made the difficult decision to leave Tottenham in the summer to improve his chances of making the England squad for Brazil, and will have been disappointed to have missed out in these two games having impressed at new club Cardiff City. Since his move he has been made captain, and scored two goals including the winner in the South Wales derby last weekend.

3. Nathaniel Clyne - One of a clutch of young Englishmen to impress at Southampton, two of which made the squad alongside old warhorse Rickie Lambert. After an impressive first season in the Premier League, Clyne has continued to look a top class right back, and with doubts about Glen Johnson's fitness, might have been given a chance to win his first cap. 

4. Saido Berahino - One of the criticisms levelled at England in recent years has been a dearth of talent coming through in the striker department. With Daniel Sturridge's explosion into form, it's hard to maintain such an opinion. However, the reality is that few young English strikers have shone in the top flight recently. Berahino has been a breath of fresh air, scoring regularly for West Brom this season and the England Under 21's. Like Morrison, the fact his top flight experience resides in the ten games played this season may count against him, but if he keeps up his form he may yet sneak onto the flight to Brazil.

5. Fabian Delph - People talk about Aaron Ramsey as one of the most improved players in the league, but Fabian Delph is almost certainly one of the most improved Englishmen. After a big money move as a teenager was followed by a series of serious injuries, Delph had a great end to last season that has continued into this year. After three successive player of the months for his club, he has finally realised the dogged box-to-box promise of a great central midfielder, and if he can add goalscoring prowess to his game he is likely to be given an international chance sooner rather than later.

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