OLD GUYS UNSURE ON MATCH

The future of Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole for the England national team has been highly speculated following the emergence of capable replacements in the last few months. Due to their age and concerns about longevity, it has been speculated that manager Roy Hodgson may consider leaving them out for the World Cup 2014.

However, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that his Chelsea players should be part of the plane to Brazil since he feels that the old-timers will offer a lot to the squad. Lampard and Cole were a major part of the squad that won qualification to the World Cup.

STILL HOPE

Despite England heading into the World Cup 2014 as rank outsiders to win the tournament, manager Roy Hodgson says that it will be wrong to write of the 1966 winners. England have not lifted a major tournament since this victory, which was achieved in home soil. They have also not been past the quarter-final stage in recent major tournaments.

CARROLL WANTS CHANCE

Former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has said that he is very keen on making it into the England squad for the World Cup 2014.

The striker made the £ 15 million move to West Ham in the hope of playing regular first-team football after not figuring in the plans of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. However, since making the permanent move to West Ham, he has rarely played for the club after being injured for most of the season. He has just returned from the spell on the sidelines hoping to impress manager Hodgson at just the right time.

TERRY RULED OUT

England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Chelsea captain John Terry will not be coming under consideration when picking the future squads.

England suffered defeats against Chile and Germany in the space of a few days. They failed to score in both these matches, while also conceding soft goals in the process. This has sparked talk about Terry returning to national team duty. The Chelsea captain retired from international football a few years ago after he said that the England FA did not treat him properly in the Anton Ferdinand racism scandal.

England seal a World Cup position

Just a month after being picked apart for being too buttoned-down, England footbal team coach Roy Hodgson was being filled with kudos for leading the team to the 2014 World Cup finals that will take place in Brazil next year.

The roller coaster journey of England through a difficult group that alternated victories and draws till wins in the past 2 games, ending with a 2 - 0 win over Poland on Tuesday, ensured his men ended a point in front Ukraine to take the automatic qualifying position for finals in Brazil next year.

WILSHERE BACKS WENGER

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is regarded as one of the rising stars of English football, has said that he will definitely consider leaving Arsenal if the club decides to part ways with manager Arsene Wenger.

There is a lot of doubt about the future of Wenger at the club after several years of underachievement by the club. They have also failed to spend any money in the hope of winning trophies. This has infuriated fans a lot and they have turned their back on the manager in recent times.

CAPELLO QUESTIONS ENGLAND

Former England manager Fabio Capello has questioned the chances of England winning a major tournament for the first time since 1966 due to the lack of the winter break in their domestic league. England is one of the major nations to not have a winter break in its domestic league.

INTERNATIONAL BREAK TIME

England is one of the few nations that does not have a winter break and it is affecting the international team according to manager Roy Hodgson. There have been several calls for a winter break to be introduced for quite a while now, but in the Premier league has been resistant to the calls so far.

Teams in England have to compete on four fronts due to the presence of a competition called the League Cup. This, in turn, puts a lot of strain on the players at the end of the season according to Hodgson. International tournaments are usually held in the summer from June to July.

FERGIE POWER?

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to have used his powers to prevent Rio Ferdinand from going to the national team for the recent World Cup qualifying matches.

Only after a few days of being extremely excited about being announced in the squad, Ferdinand pulled out of the England squad by citing reasons that seemed baffling. There has been a suggestion that the press conference given by Ferguson about the international career of Ferdinand is thought to have been the main reason behind this pull out.

MATCHES COUNT

There has been a lot of talk surrounding the club future of the England midfielder Frank Lampard, but the England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that the midfielder is even more worried about his international future.

Lampard is out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the season and there has been no new offer from the club. At 34 years of age, he has been linked with a move to the MLS in order to get one final payday. Hodgson has revealed that Lampard should stay closer to England in order to continue featuring for the England national team.