England have announced the squad for the World Cup with just a couple of surprises.
The 23 man squad and 7 on standby will face Peru at Wembley on May 30th before flying out to the USA for friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras. They kick-off their World Cup campaign against Italy on the 14th of June before facing Uruguay on the 19th and Costa Rica on the 24th.
Here is the squad:
I find it quite hard to disagree with this squad. Although I do think Jones and Smalling can count themselves lucky to be in the squad. Both have battled inconsistency this season with an under-performing Manchester United squad. I'm really happy to see Roy go with Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley. Adam Lallana definitely deserves a shot and it's hard to disagree with the omission of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley.
I have to admit that I'm disappointed that John Ruddy didn't make the squad ahead of Foster after keeping nearly as many clean-sheets at Joe Hart. Norwich's relegation must have played a part in that decision.
John Stones has been fantastic this season and I completely agree that he should be on standby. It's likely he won't be needed but this is a good confidence boost for the youngster.