Roy Hodgson
Hodgson will select his preliminary squad on 13 May.

England manager Roy Hodgson must cave to the inevitable panache and verve that will define the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil and select a squad with the capacity to thrill in preparation for a new era of the national team.

Hodgson has relied on experience to slalom qualification for this summer but should shun such a trend upon choosing his 23-man squad which will face the daunting prospect of Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica in the group phase.

The Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's reaction to the draw last December reflects England's hopes in Brazil, but Hodgson should put faith in a squad which can produce cut-throat football rather than adopt a conservative approach.

Having admitted to being open to leaving out experienced players this summer, Hodgson should not be afraid of kicking into touch several international careers. Michael Carrick, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard should all be victims of progression.

Unlike other England managers in previous major tournaments, Hodgson must entrust form players and not select based on sentimentally and attachment.

Andros Townsend has struggled since inspiring against Montenegro and Poland, Kyle Walker continues to flounder at the back, John Ruddy's errors are becoming more regular and Tom Cleverley looks out of his depth at Manchester United. All should plan their summer holidays.

When considering those travelling to Brazil, Hodgson can't fail to look at Southampton. Luke Shaw, who performed well on his maiden international appearance against Denmark , Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez must all be chosen. Andy Carroll's presence alone should edge Rickie Lambert.

In midfield, Merseyside duo Ross Barkley and Jordan Henderson can give England an explosive as well as versatile quality, crucial facets in a World Cup expected to be all about style. Raheem Sterling meanwhile combines the unknown quantity with frightening pace.

The seldom mentioned problem position for Hodgson at the centre of defence should again be treated as an opportunity to go with form. Having confirmed that Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will accompany the dependable Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill, Hull City's Curtis Davies represents the best of the rest.

Finally in goal, Jack Butland's move to Leeds United ensures he will feature more regularly during the final quarter of the campaign and Fraser Forster's European experience makes him ideally suited to both the rigours of a World Cup and to support No.1 Joe Hart.

Hodgson's nature suggest he will go with conservatism in South America but putting faith in those who represent England's future will ensure the post-World Cup era doesn't extend the transition period in the qualifiction campaign for the European Championships in 2016.

Nick Howson's England 2014 World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Fraser Forster, Joe Hart

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Curtis Davies, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling.

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere.

Forwards: Andy Carroll, Daniel Sturridge, Jay Rodriguez, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck