No surprise World Cup picks – Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson says he does not expect to bring any new faces into his squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Hodgson has one match left, against Denmark on 5 March, before he selects a provisional 30-man squad for Brazil.

But he has ruled out any surprises before next summer’s tournament.

“I don’t expect in the coming months to be watching games and suddenly find players I have never really thought of jump out at me and prove to be a lot better,” said Hodgson.

England booked their place the World Cup after defeating Poland at Wembley on 15 October.

But since then they have suffered back-to-back Wembley defeats for the first time in 36 years after losing to Chile and Germany without managing to score a goal.

England’s next game is against Denmark at Wembley on 5 March.

Hodgson had already ended any possibility of Chelsea defender John Terry returning to the England fold despite the team’s problems at centre-half.

And he also appears to have put an end to the hopes of midfielder Gareth Barry, on loan at Everton from Manchester City, representing his country in Brazil. Barry has not played for England since May 2012.

“We are going to have to work very hard with the ones we have had with us here and add six or seven who weren’t available on this occasion and hope that between that 30 or so players we can produce a team that can give a good account of themselves at the World Cup,” said Hodgson. 

“There is work for us to do. We know that.

“There were a lot of players out there [against Germany] who we all know are very, very good quality players.

“And there are very, very good quality players who took no part in either of the two games [against Chile and Germany].”