Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is now a major doubt to feature for England at the World Cup after injuring his knee in the 2-2 draw with Ecuador last night, with the midfielder likely to be ruled out for two weeks.
Under Fifa’s rules, a replacement can be called-up until a day before a nation’s first match, which in this case means Hodgson will need to make a decision on whether to stick with Oxlade-Chamberlain for the duration of the tournament in the danger that he could miss the entire campaign in Brazil.
England's opening contest, against Italy in Manaus is in just nine days.
So who are these standby players? Some are in Miami training hard and some are 'aving it large on their holidays, and some are seemingly too devastated to do anything...
To see the gallery of England's standby players, and how likely they are to replace The Ox, click through the gallery below...
Roy Hodgson's standby list
Roy Hodgson's standby list
1/7 John Ruddy - Goalkeeper
Current whereabouts: The goalkeeper is back in Norwich, training hard by the sounds of things. Admitted not being picked in the original squad was a "bitter pill to swallow". With three 'keepers already on the place, it would be a big surprise to see him in Brazil.
2/7 Jon Flanagan - Defender
Current whereabouts: In Miami with the England squad. Made his full debut against Ecuador last night, and his versatility could see him get the nod from Hodgson if Oxlade-Chamberlain is ruled out.
3/7 John Stones - Centre-back
Current whereabouts: Also in Miami training with the first team. Came off the bench to play against Ecuador last night after making his debut against Peru the Friday before. Will only get the call if a centre-back suffers an injury.
4/7 Michael Carrick - Midfielder
Current whereabouts: Relaxing in Ibiza with his wife Lisa. Has a good shot of replacing Oxlade-Chamberlain if Hodgson makes the call.
5/7 Tom Cleverley - Midfielder
Current whereabouts: Unknown. Little has been seen or heard from Manchester United's much-maligned midfielder since the end of the season. Certainly an option for Hodgson if Oxlade-Chamberlain does not make it.
6/7 Andy Carroll – Striker
Current whereabouts: Unitil recently was in Dubai with his girlfriend, Towie's Billi Mucklow, although he did say he would rather be in Brazil. Snapped doing a beach yoga session so he's ready to go...
7/7 Jermain Defoe – Striker
Current whereabouts: In Canada, was part of the Toronto FC side which lost 1-0 at Montreal Impact today. But you knew that already, didn't you?
The news comes as a blow to Hodgson who saw Oxlade-Chamberlain shine at the Sun Life Stadium, as England faltered to a draw with the South American sixth-seeds.
Watch Sam Wallace's latest World Cup video from Miami below:
Oxlade-Chamberlain had also endured an injury-hit season with Arsenal. Knee ligament problems forced him to make just 20 appearances in all competitions.Reuse content