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Twitter Reacts to Roy Hodgson's England World Cup Squad Announcement

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05:  Raheem Sterling of England in action during the International Friendly match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on March 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

Roy Hodgson has named his 23-man England squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a selection that has sent the Twitterverse into overdrive.

As revealed by the FA's official website, players including Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Andy Carroll are set to miss the tournament after being included on Hodgson's stand-by list.

There's a fresher feel to the squad, with young players such as Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling being rewarded for fantastic seasons, as noted by Bleacher Report UK:

Former England striker and current Match of the Day host Gary Lineker analysed the squad shortly after it dropped:

Matt Dickinson of The Times believes Hodgson had an easy task picking his squad due to the number of injuries accumulated:

One such fitness problem was suffered by Kyle Walker, who spoke about his omission with dignity:

Carrick was arguably the biggest exclusion from Hodgson's squad. The Manchester United midfielder has never reached his potential on the international stage and has often been overlooked by England's managers across the years. While Hodgson was willing to give him a chance earlier in his reign, the 32-year-old's poor season with United sees him miss the cut.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19:  Kyle Walker of England in action during the international friendly match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Understandably, Carrick admitted his disappointment shortly after the squad announcement:

The nation showed less sorrow over Cleverley's omission, as summed up by Football Vines' tongue-in-cheek tweet:

Hodgson appears to be looking toward the future with his selection. Sterling heads to his first major tournament after a memorable season with Liverpool. His pacey, incisive attacking play has the potential to be a real danger in Brazil, especially if the boiling heat takes its toll on defenders.

Wayne Veysey of Goal.com would deploy the versatile forward against the very best:

Barkley is another youngster whose metaphoric rise has been impressive to witness this year. Oliver Kay of The Times highlights just how far the 20-year-old has come across the past 12 months:

Kay also remained realistic ahead of a challenging Brazilian test:

Miguel Delaney of ESPN FC highlighted the lack of experience within the team:

Rounding off our selection of tweets, Lineker summed up the feeling that England's squad will head to Brazil with the full backing of the nation:

Hodgson's selection undoubtedly highlights a transitional side. This is not a team that is riddled with guilt after crashing out of previous competitions, aside from old heads like Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard, who will act as leaders across the tournament.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06:  Ross Barkley of England takes a shot during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium on September 6, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Instead, there's a feeling of energy and excitement around the camp. The nation's expectations are low and escape false hope for the first time in recent memory. English supporters will demand a confident showing in Brazil, but with youngsters such as Shaw, Barkley and Sterling in tow, very few are expecting the Three Lions to triumph.

A lack of expectation lends itself to a lack of fear, something Hodgson's players will hopefully feed off during the summer festivities.

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