Adam Lallana has been included in England manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The former Dorset schoolboy and AFC Bournemouth youth player is expected to play an important part in England’s challenge in Brazil – with Manchester United’s Michael Carrick left out.
The Southampton skipper has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s after an impressive season for Mauricio Pochettino’s side – with Liverpool tabling a bid this morning for the 26-year-old.
Also included in the 23-man squad is Lallana’s Southampton teammate Luke Shaw, who is also linked with a move to Manchester United. Rickie Lambert is the third Saints player to make the team, with Andy Carroll and former AFC Bournemouth loan star Jermain Defoe named on the standby list.
Shaw was picked by Hodgson ahead of veteran Ashley Cole. The Chelsea star last night announced his retirement from international football on Twitter..
The squad will travel to Portugal next week to begin preparations, before facing Peru at Wembley on Friday 30 May. England will then play Honduras and Ecuador before kicking off their World Cup campaign against Italy on Saturday 14th June.
England’s 23-man squad for the Brazil World Cup 2014
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Joe Hart. Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Phil Jageilka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling. Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere. Strikers: Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.