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Report - Chelsea and Southampton stars going to World Cup with England

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Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Southampton's Luke Shaw have already booked a place on England’s World Cup plane to Brazil this summer

Lampard and Shaw will travel to Brazil as part of England’s squad for the World Cup this summer, according to a report.

High-profile Daily Mail columnist Martin Samuel has confirmed that he had been informed of the pair's inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s squad on Sunday evening.

Lampard, who is out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the current season, will reportedly travel to Brazil in what will be his fifth major tournament as an England player, while Southampton’s Luke Shaw will be involved in his first.

Southampton's Shaw has been excellent in most of his 34 appearances at club level this season, and earned his first call-up to the England squad back in February for a friendly against Denmark at Wembley.

The Southampton player was thought to be locked in a battle for one of two available left-back positions for England this summer, with Everton’s Leighton Baines and Chelsea's Ashley Cole providing the competition for the 18-year-old. Baines is likely to be Hodgson’s first choice for the position, but with Cole having made just 16 appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, his place is far from secure.

The selection of Shaw over Cole would surely end the latter’s 13-year international career. Cole travelled to South Korea and Japan as they hosted the World Cup back in 2002, and has been relatively unchallenged in his left-back role ever since. He has made 107 international appearances, and is one of only seven players to play over 100 times for England.

Chelsea midfielder Lampard has won 103 caps since his full England debut against Belgium in October 1999 in a 2–1 friendly win. He has gone on to Captain his country, although at 35 this will surely be his last major international tournament.

Manager Roy Hodgson will announce his provisional 30-man England squad next Monday, where both Lampard and Shaw’s inclusion will reportedly be confirmed.

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