Hodgson: 'Johnson to get 50th cap, no guaranteed time for Shaw'

Luke Shaw

England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Glen Johnson will start for England against Denmark, but refused to be drawn on a potential debut for Luke Shaw.

Much of the build-up so far has been focused on the inclusion of 18-year-old Luke Shaw in England's squad to face Denmark, and there was no change to this as Roy Hodgson faced the press on Tuesday afternoon.

Hodgson confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker will be unavailable due to injury.

Whilst the former Fulham and Switzerland boss was unwilling to shed too much light on his plans for Wednesday night's friendly, he did admit that Glen Johnson will pick up his 50th England cap with a start against the Danes.

The England boss was far less willing, however, to confirm whether man of the moment, Luke Shaw, would be picking up any minutes in England's final friendly before Hodgson names his preliminary World Cup squad.

The Southampton defender has drawn praise from England captain Steven Gerrard, who has seen he can see the youngster being England left-back for the next ten years or so, as well as winning the backing of fellow Southampton and England team-mates Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez.

Whilst Hodgson did admit after naming his squad that Shaw's call-up was based on the merit of his consistent performances for Mauricio Pochettino's side, he faces stiff competition in the form of Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole.

It is thought that if Cole continues in his failure to pick up a regular starting berth with Chelsea before the end of the season, he could be left out in the cold with regard to Hodgson's World Cup plans.

"We brought Luke Shaw here because his performances merited it and it would be nice to get him on the field, but I don't want to make any promises," Hodgson told the press.

"Ahead of the World Cup, I think the main challenges are to select a well-balanced squad and make sure that when the whistle blows in Manaus that we feel 100% ready for the challenge ahead."

England face Peru, Ecuador and Honduras before facing Italy in the opening game of their World Cup campaign, in Manaus on the 14th of July.

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