World Cup 2014

Defoe fails to make England World Cup team

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Jermain Defoe’s World Cup dreams effectively ended on Monday.

Toronto FC’s Defoe missed England’s 23-man World Cup roster, instead being named an alternate in the 30-man preliminary roster.

England manager Roy Hodgson gambled on leaving some veterans behind in favor of bringing a more youthful squad to Brazil. The average age of the 23-man squad is 26 years old, which is more than two years younger than the 2010 World Cup squad but slightly older than 2006.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole was left off the roster entirely, leading 33-year-old Cole to announce he would retire from international soccer. Defender Luke Shaw, 18, will be England’s third youngest player to represent them in a World Cup.

Here is England’s full 30-man roster:

FORWARDS (4): Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

DEFENDERS (7): Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Man Utd)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Fraser Forster (Celtic)

STANDBY (7): John Ruddy (Norwich City), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (West Ham United), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC).


What do you think of England’s squad? Who did Hodgson leave off that he should go to Brazil? Who would you cut?

Share your thoughts below.

      • HoboMike

        After the hissy fit that Carrick pulled at the last world cup (or was it the Euros?), refusing to go if he wasn’t going to be a starter, I would never call him up again. But that’s just me.


      • argh

        what do you mean? can u go into detail? I feel for the guy. He’s never had any chance with the likes of Gerrard/Lampard always being ahead of him and then recently Gareth Barry and Scott Parker.

        underrated guy


    • Increase

      Who knows… they have better guys for Dmid or pivot or whatever it is that Lampard plays now.


  • Mike

    Man, I wish Theo Walcott was not injured. He is a very good player and would have def made the 23. I hope he is ready for 2018.


    • DB

      I’m sure someone else has, but if Walcott made the 2018 team would he be the first to make his only two WC squads 12 years apart?


      • Mike

        That is a interesting observation. Yeah, that is a long gap between world cups.


      • HoboMike

        And such a weird turn of events too. They bring him as a 16 year old in 2006 to gain experience….only to not bring him in 2010.


  • argh

    that was obvious years ago. He had a chance to be a de facto starter for England from 2010-2012 but he failed. Rooney was always no 1 but he had the likes of Darren Bent to compete with and guys like Wellbeck/Carroll and he didn’t seize his chance.


      • Maykol

        How is mexico overrated? Because their fans overrate them? Because as far as i know, nobody likes mexico except for mexicans, and then you could say that every team is overrated because every single team’s fans like to say their country is better than what they really are


      • kevino

        Mexico was very well regarded internationally until this latest CONCACAF round. Remember, they always make it to the round of 16 before getting dumped out by argentina.


      • SilverRey

        Is anyone rating Mexico highly this year? If they are it’s all based on speculation considering they have had a full squad make-over AFTER they qualified (well… before NZ, but also since if you follow my meaning).


      • Joamiq

        Yeah, they’re massively overrated within England, and realistically rated everywhere else.


      • nico

        In all fairness, I think the English are pretty realistic.

        I live in London. Talk radio and sports TV is basically non-stop banging on about how the Brits can’t hold a candle to the true soccer powers.

        The FA head did this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XcvD1Til4c

        Imagine if Sunil had done the same!


    • Good Jeremy

      The same could have been said about Spain up until six years ago and France before 1998. They are a good coach and one or two elite players away from being a serious contender.


      • Nate

        The same WAS said about Spain until 2008, because they hadn’t won anything…


  • slowleftarm

    I think this is a pretty decent squad on paper but England always manage to disappoint. With the group they’re in this time around, I don’t think they’ll make it to the knockout stages.


    • Neruda

      Exactly. Only the media tend to overrate the three lions. English fans know that a heavy emotional investment isn’t prudent with this NT no matter who’s on the squad. The keeper will have a brain fart and the big star will get ejected and the strikers won’t do jack. The script never changes.


  • Xanadu

    if I were DEFOE i’d piss on being named to a standby list. he was on standby in 2006.


    • Nic D "the TX 2 stepper"

      Man! I would be pissed.

      Defoe > Ricky Lambert

      I mean who the ____ is Ricky Lambert!

      How many goals for England has he scored?
      How many goals has he scored against the top four sides in the EPL?
      How many goals has he scored against the top MLS sides?


      • Fair Observer

        yea im surprised as well, defoe has a history of knowing how to score. in comparing age, they’re both 31 so you cant say lambert is a youth up-n-coming….. very strange.

        both are 31, both are in good form, yet one has world cup exp (and goals) so you snub him and go with the team leader in goals for a mid level team? weird


      • Mo

        Lambert is there for PK’s if they make it to the knock-out. Has never missed apparently


  • GJJ

    ABE. Attacking end: Get ball, dribble ball toward opponents goal as quickly as possible, lose ball, get stuck in and get ball back, little guy whips cross into big guy. Defending: keeper effs up.


  • Roman Lewandowski

    Not a scary roster. England is a second-class soccer power these days.


  • Xanadu


    england may not have the squad they had in 2006 (arguably world class all around)

    but they’d still beat the USA and any team outside the top 10. and you know it

    they wouldn’t win pretty like SPAIN or defensively precise like Italy

    but show some respect


    • Adam

      Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal…

      I would worry about all of those teams more than I would about playing England…

      At this point I would say England is closer to Croatia/Bosnia/Greece/Switzerland than they are to the top teams in Europe, but that is admittedly just an opinion…


      • JoeW

        “Just an opinion”…true, but a very accurate opinion (in my opinion).


    • Stephen Gagnier

      Just saying… England has never EVER defeated the USA in a World Cup where it matters the most.


    • Joamiq

      This is hilarious, considering that England failed to beat the US (and also Algeria, who I believe are also outside the top 10) in the last World Cup.


  • Michael F.

    I feel for Defoe. I think he’s earned it and should be there. I think he had 6 goals for England in their last 8 games. And how Cleaverly is on the 30 is incomprehensible. And I’m a Man U fan.


  • SBI TroII


    Seems ok, nothing too special.


  • Ted Tran

    Can’t believe Gareth Bale didn’t make the squad…said every American on twitter.


    • Dman

      Rumor has it that hes filing his one time switch from England to USA.

      ……………..See we Americans aren’t so dum!


  • BryanTheChamp

    Peter Crouch should be a starting forward for England. Dude scores goals all the time!


    • Mo

      ….but not in World Cups – unless he’s yanking on defender’s dreadlocks


  • Carlos

    The pitfalls of moving to a lesser league.
    The thing about England is that, other than their press, Americans are the only ones that overrate them.
    We are still trying to be like them.


    • Joamiq

      I think it’s more the pitfalls of getting injured at the wrong time. If he’s scoring a brace every time out, it’s tough not to take him. If he’s old and getting hurt and not playing that much, no manager is going to take that risk.


  • eenie meanie

    Woy Woy, good man but has his weaknesses. I remember him talking about how the Americans just weren’t good enough in 2010 . . . and then who wins the group? Anyway looking forward to lots of bogus calls against the US and having lots to yell about. Defoe should be on the England team but I doubt he cares . . . too much drama.


  • ormama


    he wouldn’t start in the world cup. super-sub at best. Lambert will be a super-sub at best.

    is Defoe better than Rooney. Sturridge or Wellbeck? NOPE.

    He moved to MLS and this happens. But his chances were the NT were drying up since euro 2012 when Carroll and Wellbeck entered the picture. so it can’t be a shock


  • Parker

    What about Crouch? He has been amazing for England. Whenever he gets called up for the squad he never disappoints. I’m disappointed that he wasn’t even on the Standby list. I do believe that Jon Flanagan should be left out, he needs a little more experience (coming from a Liverpool fan), but I also believe that Shaw should have been left out. In the World Cup it’s great to have young players, but you also need experience. Ashley Cole should have been put on the squad. Granted he has lost his spot at left back to Azpiliqueta, he can still make a huge difference in this team. Those are the two that I thought should be in the squad. They have been great in the past and I thought this could be a great way to exit the International stage. Believe in hope, and lets go England! Just no penalties, please.


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