England out of the 2014 World Cup: What next for the 23 men in Roy Hodgson's squad?

With France 2016 on the horizon, what should Roy Hodgson do next?

Roy Hodgson's England team were unceremoniously dumped out of the World Cup after two performances that had some positives but also plenty of negatvies.

The England boss has been given the backing of the Football Association to carry on in charge of the Three Lions.

England only have to wait until September for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign to start, facing Switzerland in Basel.

Hodgson picked a young squad for this tournament, but did he pick the right one?

It's time for the manager to decide on the futures of some of England's stars; who should stay and who should go?

Joe Hart (age: 27, caps: 43)

Clearly England's No 1, performed reasonably well in both games without having to make the kind of world class saves he is capable of making. Should be England's first choice stopper for a number of years. Verdict: Stays

Ben Foster (age 31, caps 7)

Had to be convinced by Roy Hodgson to rejoin the international set up - Foster felt he wasn't getting enough chances for England. With Hart the clear No 1 and Fraser Forster emerging, he may not get many more meaningful games, but he's a handy second or third choice. Verdict: Stays

Read more England reaction: The FA stand by their man - it's the only tactic they haven't tried
'Gutted' Wayne Rooney says sorry to England fans
A sense of loss pains Steven Gerrard
This England is still a work in progress, with a lot of work to be done
 

Fraser Forster (age 26, caps 2)

Has been pulling up trees in Scotland and impressed in the Champions League against Barcelona. English fans would like to see a bit more of him, but he has the talent to challenge Joe Hart for the No 1 shirt. Verdict: Stays

Glen Johnson (age 29, caps 54)

Johnson is the best of a very bad bunch at right full back. Good going forward but still a liability in defence despite a mountain of caps, he will be 31 by the time France 2016 comes around. Verdict: Goes Roy Hodgson has decisions to make in the aftermath of the World Cup

Leighton Baines (age 29, caps 26)

Was probably England's worst player against Italy - though he wasn't given any protection - and has never been the best defender, even for Everton. His biggest strength is his attacking and delivery from set-plays, but they were frankly poor in the two games. Like Johnson he is fast approaching 30. The reigns should be handed over to Luke Shaw. Verdict: Goes

Gary Cahill (age 28, caps 26)

Comfortably the best central defender available to Roy Hodgson. That's a worry in itself as Cahill is still playing second fiddle to John Terry at Chelsea (not that Terry should be coming back). Verdict: Stays

Phil Jagielka (age 31, caps 28)

Defended poorly for three of the four goals England conceded, and while a good defender at club level he doesn't quite make the grade on the biggest stage. Will be past his best in two years as well. Verdict: Goes

Chris Smalling (age 24, caps 12)

Roy Hodgson will be praying for either of Chris Smalling or Phil Jones to really kick on for Manchester United in the next couple of years. Both are supreme athletes and gifted defenders, but lack that bit of finesse and brains that is needed to succeed on the world stage. Let's hope they start learning soon. Verdict: Stays

Phil Jones (age 22, caps 10)

See above. Verdict: Stays

Luke Shaw (age 18, caps 2)

Ashley Cole is still a better defender than either Baines or Shaw, but Hodgson now needs to trust the wonderfully talented youngster. His time should be now. Verdict: Stays

Steven Gerrard (age 34, caps 113, 21 goals)

Excelled for Liverpool last season in the 'quarterback' position but couldn't replicate that for England without the brilliance of Luis Suarez. Perhaps harshly criticised for Suarez's second (errors from Jagielka and Cahill didn't help) but Gerrard has had more than enough chances to perform for England. Experience counts for a lot but it's time for a change. Verdict: Goes England should move on from Steven Gerrard who has had his chance

Frank Lampard (age 36, caps 106, 29 goals)

A pretty pointless inclusion in the squad, never likely to get on the field for meaningful minutes with the other players Hodgson selected. Is finished at Chelsea and should be finished with England. Verdict: Goes

Jordan Henderson (age 24, caps 13)

Always a willing runner but found out technically in the tournament, Henderson couldn't get near to the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Daniel De Rossi. Will be a valuable squad player but not good enough to start in the most crucial area of the pitch. Verdict: Stays

Jack Wilshere (age 22, caps 19)

Arsenal and England fans will be hoping he gets over the injuries and finds the sparkle that had everyone so excited when he burst onto the scene. He hasn't progressed since he was a teenager but he is still very young and there is plenty of time. Let's hope he stays injury-free next year. Verdict: Stays

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (age 20, caps 15, three goals)

It was a real shame he got injured in the warm-up games. A threat starting centrally or on the right, The Ox is gifted enough to reach 100 caps. Like Wilshere, it would be great to see him to stay injury free and have a real impact at the Emirates next season. Verdict: Stays

James Milner (age 28, caps 47, one goal)

A useful squad player who can play in multiple positions. But can he play in any of them well enough to really warrant a place in the team? Stays just because utility men are always welcome in tournament football. Verdict: Stays

Raheem Sterling (age 19, caps 8)

A brilliant performance against Italy was disappointingly followed by a near anonymous one against Uruguay. Sterling is a vastly talented young winger who will be much needed in qualifying. Verdict: Stays Raheem Sterling showed flashes of his great promise in Brazil

Adam Lallana (age 26, caps 8)

Should have started at least one of the two matches. If we were talking about any other nation he would have done - two-footed, intelligent and graceful on the ball, he looks more suited to international football than he does to the Premier League. Verdict: Stays

Ross Barkley (age 20, caps 8)

So, so talented but Everton fans will tell you he needs to add a little bit more quality and composure to his end product, but that will come with age. He could be a future England captain. Verdict: Stays

Daniel Sturridge (age 24, caps 14, 5 goals)

His pace and directness gives defenders nightmares and he should keep the No 9 shirt for the forseeable future. Needs to get rid of a slightly greedy streak he has, but otherwise can be proud of his performances in Brazil. Verdict: Stays

Wayne Rooney (age 28, caps 94, 40 goals)

The great enigma. Plenty of words have been spent on Rooney but he is still England's best player. He'll never reach the heights we thought he was capable of but that doesn't mean we should dump him. Verdict: Stays Danny Welbeck is fit for England opening World Cup match against Italy Danny Welbeck is not good enough to start in the England team

Danny Welbeck (age 23, caps 26, eight goals)

Was praised for his performance against Italy but it speaks volumes about the English mentality when your left winger's main strength is his ability to tackle and mark the opposing defender. Not good enough with the ball. Verdict: Goes

Rickie Lambert (age 32, caps 7, three goals)

A late bloomer that has unfortunately bloomed too late. Verdict: Goes

Life and Style
love + sex A new study has revealed the average size - but does that leave men outside the 'normal' range being thought of as 'abnormal'?
Arts and Entertainment
TV
Voices
The Palace of Westminster is falling down, according to John Bercow
voices..says Matthew Norman
Sport
Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet clash
football
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Graham Norton said Irish broadcaster RTE’s decision to settle was ‘moronic’
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jake and Dinos Chapman were motivated by revenge to make 'Bring me the Head of Franco Toselli! '
arts + ents Shapero Modern Gallery to show explicit Chapman Brothers film
Arts and Entertainment
Kurt Cobain performing for 'MTV Unplugged' in New York, shortly before his death
music Brett Morgen's 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' debunks many of the myths
Life and Style
life
Sport
Brendan Rodgers
football The Liverpool manager will be the first option after Pep Guardiola
News
Amazon misled consumers about subscription fees, the ASA has ruled
news
Arts and Entertainment
Myanna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Russell Tovey in 'Banished'
TV Jimmy McGovern tackles 18th-century crime and punishment
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Whitehouse as Herbert
arts + ents
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn