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Southampton youngster Luke Shaw and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley have broken into the England squad putting the future of experienced players in doubt

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has been left out of the England squad
Jermain Defoe (C) of Tottenham Hotspur is carried on the shoulders of team mates Jan Vertonghen (L) and Emmanuel Adebayor (R) at the end of his final home game on 9 February

England v Denmark: Toronto-bound Jermain Defoe named in Roy Hodgson's squad for next week's friendly

Southampton full-back Luke Shaw is the only uncapped member of the squad

Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal misses his kick against Coventry last month

England v Denmark: Nicklas Bendtner included in Denmark squad for Wembley friendly

Arsenal striker among five England-based players in the squad

Roy Hodgson made a slip of the tongue when talking about Wayne Rooney's new contract

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Scotland and Republic of Ireland meet in the same group as Germany

Andros Townsend is nearing a Tottenham comeback after recovering from a hamstring injury

Andros Townsend tipped to bounce back by Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood

Townsend's comeback from a hamstring injury was put on hold after Spurs' Under-21's fixture at Bishop's Stortford was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

Roy Hodgson is close to finalising the details of England's World Cup friendlies

World Cup 2014: England seek friendlies against Peru, Ecuador and Honduras

Roy Hodgson wants a Latin flavour to the build-up for Brazil

Chris Smalling has been pictured dressed up as a suicide bomber at a fancy dress party

Chris Smalling: Manchester United defender issues apology after an 'ill-thought out and insensitive decision' in dressing up as a suicide bomber

England international was pictured at a fancy dress party he and his girlfriend were hosting

Oxlade Chamberlain fends off defender Laurent Koscielny during Arsenal training on Wednesday

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns to Arsenal training and says making England's World Cup squad would be a 'dream come true'

Midfielder makes a timely comeback with Theo Walcott sidelined for six months

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard limps off during the 4-1 victory over West Ham on 7 December

Steven Gerrard injury: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the midfielder could return to face Hull on New Year's Day

England captain had been out since early December with a hamstring injury

Roy Hodgson's England side will begin the 2014 World Cup in Manaus, where fans have been warned of meeting alligators during the night

World Cup 2014: England v Italy kick-off could change from 2am start as Manaus tourist board warn of 'alligator risk'

Broadcasters want the 2am GMT kick-off brought forward while fans have been warned that 'it is possible to meet alligators at night' in the Amazonian city

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Joe Hart makes a point at Wembley

England 0 Germany 1: Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling and Andros Townsend give full backing to Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart

Goalkeeper made a double save from Per Mertesacker before defender scored

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