Hodgson: I believe England can win the World Cup
Roy Hodgson is confidently taking a group of players to Brazil that he thinks can deliver the World Cup to England.
The Three Lions boss has announced a preliminary squad of 23 players for Brazil 2014 with no less than eight of those under the age of 24.
Although his current roster is certainly youthful, Hodgson has plenty of confidence in those he has selected, even suggesting that the England team is capable of lifting the trophy in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, July 13.
"These youngsters have imposed themselves upon me and my thinking because they've been so effective and successful for their clubs," said Hodgson.
"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.
"There is a mood of positivity around us and we'll work and feed off that. Whether it takes us to the World Cup final who knows but we'll do our best."
23-man England squad for 2014 World Cup
Ross Barkley (Everton) Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Adam Lallana (Southampton) Frank Lampard (Chelsea) James Milner (Manchester City) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
John Ruddy (Norwich City), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (West Ham United), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC).
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