Luke Shaw
Shaw is one of four Southampton players included to face Denmark.

Southampton defender Luke Shaw has earned his maiden England call up for the friendly against Denmark next week.

Roy Hodgson's final squad prior to selecting his 23-man traveling party for the World Cup finals in Brazil also includes Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker and FC Toronto-bound Jermain Defoe.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Celtic's Fraser Forster are also selected after all enjoying impressive recent spells of form.

Shaw is one of four Southampton players included in the 30-man squad, along with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.

"Anyone who has seen him play recently will not deny that he deserves a place in a large squad like this," Hodgson said.

"He's played extremely well and a very exciting talent. I've not worked with him but I have seen him with the Under-21 squad and I think it is the right time to invite him along with us.

"We're very well off in the left full-back position and he's a player who wants to compete with the other two for a place on the plane to Brazil."

Jack Butland, Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson and Andy Carroll are among the players left-out of the squad, but Hodgson is keen to stress the door is not closed on any player ahead of the World Cup.

"It would be very foolish in March to give a definitive 30-man squad," added Hodgson. "This is the 30 I've chosen today and I'll stand by that but this isn't a definitive squad.

"Andy Carroll has hardly played and I'll be keeping an eye on him. Adam Johnson of course we know but with the competition I've decided not to include him in this squad.

"Gareth Barry is a player who has not been with us in the last two years but by the same token he is playing well at the moment and I wouldn't be adverse to calling on him if I thought there was a place for him in the team.

"I really do hope people don't see this 30 as seven will drop out and the rest will go to Brazil. I'm not prepared to give that guarantee and if anyone thinks that will happen they will find themselves disillusioned."

Everton's Phil Jagielka has been left out after picking up a hamstring injury but is expected to travel to the World Cup this summer.

England 30-man squad to face Denmark:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Steven Caulker, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker,

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere,

Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.