Football

Hodgson challenges new boys: Show you're good enough

Danny Rose.

Jack Colback.

Callum Chambers.

Fabian Delph.

Roy Hodgson has named four uncapped players in his squad for the upcoming games against Norway and Switzerland.

Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback, Arsenal's new signing Calum Chambers, Tottenham left back Danny Rose and Aston Villa's Fabian Delph are included in a new-look 22-man party.

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend returns to the squad after missing the World Cup through injury and there is also a place for Everton's 20-year-old defender John Stones.

Chambers has caught the eye at Arsenal since his £16-million ($33m) move from Southampton and has earned a call-up despite the concerns of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Rose has been rewarded for his good early-season form with Tottenham and Delph comes into the squad because of his progress at Aston Villa.

It is Colback's call-up which comes as the biggest surprise.

The Newcastle midfielder has rarely been mentioned as a possible candidate for England duty, but Hodgson's hand has been forced by a series of injuries.

Kyle Walker (pelvis), Ross Barkley (knee), Theo Walcott (knee), Glen Johnson (thigh), Luke Shaw (hamstring), Michael Carrick (ankle), John Flanagan (knee), Adam Lallana (knee), Chris Smalling (groin), Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Andy Carroll (ankle) are all missing through injury.

Hodgson admitted that injuries played a part in his thinking when naming the possible debutants; he is not worried about their lack of experience.

"I don't see any reason for us to be fearful in any way but, on the other hand, I think it will be exciting and, to some extent, anxious moments for us all to see how these players can step up," he added.

"Unfortunately, you don't put things behind you, memories stay with you. We were so bitterly disappointed at the way we exited the World Cup. We went there with such high hopes, we were so desperate to play well.

"I am very excited about the prospect of this England group, but I was that before the World Cup.

"And even more so now perhaps after the World Cup because it's obvious now that these players have got to do the job because they don't have the senior figures to lead them.

"The only player they have now, Glen Johnson has 50 caps.

"We've got Wayne Rooney out there on his own now.

"We'll just have to be empowered more and they'll have to accept it.

"I think they're good enough to play for England as the manager and the coaches think they're good enough to play for England.

"Now they need to put on the shirt and the boots and go out and show they're good enough."

- PA Sport.


ENGLAND SQUAD

  • Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Brom), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
  • Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham), John Stones (Everton)
  • Midfielders: Jack Colback (Newcastle), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Man City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
  • Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Man United, captain), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Man United).