Hodgson challenges England pair Barkley, Wilshere

England coach Roy Hodgson has challenged midfield pair Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere to lay down a marker today against Costa Rica.

England coach Roy Hodgson has challenged midfield pair Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere to lay down a marker today against Costa Rica.

Arsenal playmaker Wilshere and Everton youngster Barkley will both start today's World Cup dead rubber.

"I'm looking for them to show their talent," the England manager said. "Both of them are very good passers of the ball, very good at running with the ball.

"Both, for young players, have good vision for the game. That will improve the more games they play, but they're well advanced for their age.

"This is a chance for them to show they are good players.

"They have an opportunity to play from the start, and together in a game with other young players around them.

"They can show the faith and hope we have that those boys are ready to make their mark.

"This could be the first moment they give us an inkling that we are on the right track."

 
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