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2014 Fifa World Cup: Roy Hodgson To Name England Squad

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England manager Roy Hodgson will name his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Monday.

Hodgson, 66, will also select up to seven standby players when he makes his announcement in Luton at 14:00 BST.

Striker Wayne Rooney and defender Phil Jones should be fit, although injured right-back Kyle Walker may miss out.

England begin their World Cup campaign against Italy in Manaus on 14 June, followed by matches against Uruguay on 19 June and Costa Rica on 24 June.

Ashley Cole will be missing when Hodgson names his squad after being told on Sunday he was not among the manager's selections.

The Chelsea left-back, whose place is likely to go to Southampton's Luke Shaw, then announced his international retirement, having won 107 caps.

Hodgson's side remained unbeaten through their qualifying group, but will definitely be without injured wingers Theo Walcott of Arsenal and Tottenham's Andros Townsend.

Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be available despite not playing since 20 April because of a groin injury.

'The World Cup is in one month so there is plenty of time,' said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his side's 2-0 win at Norwich.

'He can play now, so it shows you that there is no problem for him to be available for England.'

Midfielder Jack Wilshere boosted his hopes of making the England squad after returning from injury in Arsenal's win at Carrow Road. The 22-year-old had been sidelined for more than two months with a fractured foot.

There have also been doubts over the fitness of Manchester United pair Rooney, 28, and Jones, 22, after they have struggled with groin and shoulder injuries respectively.

Both players missed their side's final Premier League match at Southampton, although interim United manager Ryan Giggs said they would be fit for the World Cup.

Tottenham defender Walker, 23, who has played 10 times for the national side, has not featured for Spurs since 13 March because of a pelvic injury.

His club manager Tim Sherwood said: 'England's medical team have been in and assessed him so it is up to Roy, after talking to his medical team, if he feels Kyle is going to be fit for selection.'

England will play a friendly at Wembley against Peru on 30 May and Hodgson then has to confirm his final squad selection on 2 June.

After that, the national side will play Ecuador on 4 June and Honduras on 7 June in two friendlies, both of which will be played in Miami, before the World Cup starts on 12 June.

BBC SPORT