Carrick and Cole miss out on England World Cup squad
England manager Roy Hodgson has named his final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil. Southampton left back Luke Shaw has been selected ahead of centurion Ashley Cole, who has retired from international football as a result.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is only on standby, paying the price alongside Red Devils teammate Tom Cleverley for a poor season at Old Trafford.
Celtic stopper Fraser Forster has edged out Norwich goalie John Ruddy for the final keeper spot behind number one Joe Hart (Man City) and Ben Foster (West Brom). Ruddy is ready to come in, however, to cover injuries as he is on standby.
Hodgson has named just seven defenders because of injury to Tottenham right back Kyle Walker. United pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling will provide cover at centre half and that berth, behind Everton skipper Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill (Chelsea).
Saints defender Shaw will be backup to Leighton Baines (Everton) at left back. Toffees teammate John Stones and Liverpool full back Jon Flanagan, who are both uncapped, could come in anyone is lost from the back.
Skipper Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) and fellow veteran Frank Lampard (Chelsea) are joined in midfield ranks by the versatile James Milner (Man City) and Adam Lallana (Southampton). Arsenal pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, have proved their fitness to Hodgson by returning before the end of the season from injury.
Everton’s rising star Ross Barkley and industrious Liverpool player Jordan Henderson complete the midfield options. Anfield colleague Raheem Sterling joins Daniel Sturridge, and Red Devils duo Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck in attack.
Rickie Lambert has edged Andy Carroll out for the final striking berth, with the West Ham target man on standby along with Jermain Defoe (Toronto). The Three Lions play Peru in a Wembley World Cup send-off friendly on May 30th, and are odds-on to beat them at 2/5.
England’s 23-man squad, plus standby options:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Ben Foster (West Brom), Fraser Forster (Celtic)
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka (both Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones and Chris Smalling (both Man Utd), Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson (both Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (both Arsenal), Ross Barkley (Everton), Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Forwards: Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck (both Man Utd), Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling (both Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
Standby: John Ruddy (Norwich), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley (both Man Utd), Andy Carroll (West Ham), Jermain Defoe (Toronto)
England are 28/1 shots with Coral to win the World Cup in Brazil.