Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana Named in England Squad by Roy Hodgson

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2013

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Jay Rodriguez of Southampton celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Southampton on November 02, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Roy Hodgson has named Southampton duo Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana in his England squad to face Chile and Germany.

Mauricio Pochettino's players have been rewarded for performing excellently in Saints' run to sixth in the Premier League and are surprise inclusions alongside teammate Rickie Lambert, as noted by the FA's official report:

Lallana receives his second call-up after being included in the squad to face Ukraine back in September 2012, but he is yet to claim an international cap.

For Rodriguez, Hodgson's recognition represents the first time he has entered the England setup.

Ross Barkley is also set to feature after retaining his place in the Three Lions' squad, despite losing a smidgen of steam since England’s World Cup qualifying wins over Montenegro and Poland last month.

The lightning pace of Andros Townsend also makes a reappearance after netting a debut goal against Branko Brnovic’s side and playing excellently against the Poles.

Out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is included in the squad, but his place in the starting team could come under serious threat from Celtic stopper Fraser Forster.

Manuel Pellegrini recently dropped Hart after a string of mistakes—the latest handing Chelsea a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge—suggesting his place between the Wembley sticks no longer appears certain. As tweeted by Dan Roan of BBC News, Hart will at least start one of the upcoming matches:

There was no place for West Ham's Ravel Morrison, who recently received rave reviews for his England Under-21 display against Lithuania Under-21s, a match which saw the former Manchester United midfielder score two excellent goals for the younger side.

England U21 boss Gareth Southgate named Morrison in his squad for the upcoming matches against Finland and San Marino, per the FA's recent announcement.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15:  Alexis Sanchez #7 of Chile moves with the ball during a soccer game against Ecuador at Citi Field on August 15, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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The senior side faces a duo of tough fixtures in front of their home crowd. Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli has named three English-based players to face Hodgson’s side as Gary Medel, Jean Beausejour and Gonzalo Jara make the visitors' squad.

Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez will also make an appearance, per the FA's official report.

Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker are likely to play when Germany visit, alongside world-class stars such as Mario Gotze, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer.


Full 28-Man Squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).