Hodgson feeling confident that a blend of youth and experience can help Three Lions go through the group stage in Brazil
Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley are some of the young players who have been included in the 23-man squad to head to Brazil next month as part of an England squad who are aiming to go deep in this tournament.
Hodgson has opted to effectively end the international career of Ashley Cole by picking Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw as the left-backs in the squad, with the Chelsea man calling time after making 107 appearances for his country.
Meanwhile, Ross Barkley’s star turns in an Everton shirt means that the midfielder gets the nod and is joined by Liverpool trio Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling when it comes to scrapping it out for a place in the middle of the park.
Hodgson said: “These youngsters have imposed themselves upon me and my thinking because they’ve been so effective and successful for their clubs.
“A lot of water has gone under the bridge since we qualified back in October and you can’t ignore what these players have been doing on a week-to-week basis.
“There are an awful lot of caps in this 23 so we shouldn’t get too hung on the amount of youngsters. But they deserve to be in there. I’m not taking anyone just for the experience.
“I believe the squad can win the World Cup. Otherwise what’s the point in taking part? But if we’re going to win then we have to prepare and play very well.
“This group has got a lot of talent, we all know it, but they have got to show their talent otherwise all the belief, optimism and words count for nothing.”