Shaw and Caulker in ... right choice for England?

The Southampton youngster has been called up for the first time for England for their clash against Denmark next Wednesday.

Roy Hodgson has given an idea of the squad he will be taking to the World Cup in Brazil as he picks his squad for the home match against Denmark is as follows;

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).

There is no room for Stoke City's goalkeeper Jack Butland in the 30 man squad, all but ending his chances of making it to Brazil. It could be any two of three, in Fraser Forster, Ben Foster and John Ruddy that Hodgson takes for back up to number one Joe Hart.

In defence, there is a début call up for Southampton wonderkid Luke Shaw, who has impressed this season. Shaw's inclusion puts serious doubts over Ashley Cole's England future as the battle to start as England's left back takes another interesting twist. With England regular, Phil Jagielka missing out through injury, there is a call up for Cardiff's Steven Caulker despite his clubs lowly position in the Premier League. This perhaps emphasises the lack of options Roy has in, what many are calling his problem position going into the World Cup. Will this move to include the highly rated, but unproven at international level, Caulker mean more people calling for former captain John Terry's recall?

Jordan Henderson has made the England squad after putting in some great performances for Liverpool this season which has meant that there is no room for Gareth Barry in the England managers selection. It is good to see Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the England squad after his spell out on the sideline. There is no room for in form Sunderland winger Adam Johnson but Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana made the cut as competition for places for Rio really hots up. 

With Daniel Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney all but certainties to be on the plane it looks as though Roy will give Southampton pair Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez a chance to shine in the upcoming friendly against the Danes.

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