Saints' England stars aiming for Portugal before World Cup campaign

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana

First published in Sport

THE four Saints players aiming to book a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup finals will get some early warm-weather training in May.

Hodgson must submit his final 23-man selection for the Brazil finals on June 2 - a squad that could contain Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and teenager Luke Shaw.

And, to ensure he has not left anyone deserving behind, the manager will give seven 'fringe' players the chance to prove they merit a place on the plane.

The Three Lions will train in Portugal's warm weather for five days in mid-May before seven players are cut from contention when England return to Wembley to play Peru in a friendly.

"We will definitely take 30 players when we go to Portugal and we'll keep those players until we play the friendly with Peru," he added.

"But (before Portugal) I'll name the 23 and then name the seven who, at that moment, are not going to be in the final 23.

"In that way I put my cards on the table a bit earlier than I need to.

"We're taking 30 players with us but several will know that, in my thinking, they've got to go there as standby players."

Once the 23-man squad is finalised, England fly to Miami for warm-up friendlies against Ecuador and Peru before facing Italy in their first World Cup group game on June 14.

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8:22am Tue 25 Feb 14

Abbey Saint says...

Really hoping that as many Saints players as possible get to the world cup finals. I know that could be a risk for Saints next season through injury or burn out, but these are our best and the chance to strut their stuff on the world stage can only help our reputation and attract other stars to St Mary's. They, and England deserve our support. Let's not go down the route that some the so called elite club supporters do and not support England because they think its beneath them
Really hoping that as many Saints players as possible get to the world cup finals. I know that could be a risk for Saints next season through injury or burn out, but these are our best and the chance to strut their stuff on the world stage can only help our reputation and attract other stars to St Mary's. They, and England deserve our support. Let's not go down the route that some the so called elite club supporters do and not support England because they think its beneath them Abbey Saint
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1:09pm Tue 25 Feb 14

DisplacedFan says...

It's in Brazil. It won't be all work, nod, nod, wink, wink.
It's in Brazil. It won't be all work, nod, nod, wink, wink. DisplacedFan
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1:12pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Jesus_02 says...

Abbey Saint wrote:
Really hoping that as many Saints players as possible get to the world cup finals. I know that could be a risk for Saints next season through injury or burn out, but these are our best and the chance to strut their stuff on the world stage can only help our reputation and attract other stars to St Mary's. They, and England deserve our support. Let's not go down the route that some the so called elite club supporters do and not support England because they think its beneath them
I am quite reluctant to support England at the minute because of the personalities involved, they are largely a bunch of miscreants and some only qualify because they play for a successful league side.

I share your hopes but don’t expect them to be met. Lallana has an outside chance of going, I think he should go on merit and the fact that he offers a different option. However it would take injuries to create an opening for any of the rest.
[quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: Really hoping that as many Saints players as possible get to the world cup finals. I know that could be a risk for Saints next season through injury or burn out, but these are our best and the chance to strut their stuff on the world stage can only help our reputation and attract other stars to St Mary's. They, and England deserve our support. Let's not go down the route that some the so called elite club supporters do and not support England because they think its beneath them[/p][/quote]I am quite reluctant to support England at the minute because of the personalities involved, they are largely a bunch of miscreants and some only qualify because they play for a successful league side. I share your hopes but don’t expect them to be met. Lallana has an outside chance of going, I think he should go on merit and the fact that he offers a different option. However it would take injuries to create an opening for any of the rest. Jesus_02
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10:54pm Tue 25 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

I've learned in life that it is always sensible not to take anything for granted.

Roy Hodgson will name his squad of 23 players for Brazil and it would be welcome news if he includes one or more Saints players.

Nothing is certain, as there are still plenty of club games yet to be played this season. We shall see!!!
I've learned in life that it is always sensible not to take anything for granted. Roy Hodgson will name his squad of 23 players for Brazil and it would be welcome news if he includes one or more Saints players. Nothing is certain, as there are still plenty of club games yet to be played this season. We shall see!!! justaSaintsfan
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