Places are up for grabs, says Hodgson

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Roy Hodgson says Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman has an outside chance of making a late surge in to England’s World Cup squad.

With seven months left until the World Cup starts, England manager Hodgson admits he has very little idea about who will be in his 23-man squad for the tournament in Brazil. The England boss only has three matches to go before he names his squad and he concedes places are still very much up for grabs.

Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez were shock call-ups to the squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Chile tonight and Germany and Hodgson has thrown another shock name in to the hat in McManaman. The 22-year-old won the man of the match award in last season’s FA Cup final, but he is now plying his trade in the second tier of English football with 10th-place Wigan.

“I can’t honestly say I’ve got 18 names stamped with five more to come. I can’t because there is a lot that can happen between now and May,” Hodgson said.

“We’ve got a few on the fringes who we look at, like Callum McManaman for instance. He’s one to have a look at. There are certain players like that who aren’t out of our radar.”