Hodgson warns under performing stars at United of World Cup woe

Roy Hodgson Euro 2012 England

The England boss was discussing this summer's England squad, and had strong words for players at last season's Premier League champions Manchester United.

For years Manchester United have been one of the chief providers of talent to the national team.

Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, all have starred for England while shooting the Reds to success under Sir Alex Ferguson.

But with the club faltering in seventh position this year, and performances throughout the club having taken a serious drop, Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson has been quick to notify those at Old Trafford that such form may have impacted their chances of a World Cup call-up. 

“Manchester United are one of the few teams that have had a lot of English players," Hodgson is reported as saying in the Express. "But unfortunately, footballers have to accept their England careers are tied up with their club careers.

“If it’s not going well for their clubs and it’s not going well for them in their clubs, and other players are doing extremely well in their clubs, it does put their position as a national team player under some sort of threat.

“I’m pretty certain Manchester United players will understand that there’s no God-given right to play all the games in the future because they’ve played in a few games up to now.

“It’s up to me to pick who the best players for the job are at any given moment."

They are real words of warning to the club's England internationals.

From a group of seven Reds players to have featured for England in recent years, only Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck can feel secure about a seat on the plane.

Despite his concern at United's English youngsters and their struggle to find form, the former Liverpool boss is optimistic about the players coming through that are eligible for the national team.

“I think we are seeing the emergence of a new generation of players who are on the cusp maybe of becoming something,” said Hodgson.

“I think there are a lot of things to be positive about, and I am very anxious that I don’t do anything to put the brakes on that feeling of optimism that this is a young team that can do great things. Certainly there are more young players in this squad than in 2012.”

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