Scholes: Hodgson should follow Germany's lead & pick youth for World Cup

The former Manchester United midfielder believes the hot weather in Brazil this summer makes it essential for the Three Lions squad to have plenty of younger legs
By Ahmad Khan

Paul Scholes has called on Roy Hodgson to put his faith in youth when he selects his England squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The Premier League has witnessed the blossoming of several exciting young English talents this season, with Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw all set to be selected by Hodgson following impressive campaigns.

The England boss will announce his 23-man squad on Monday afternoon, as well as naming seven players on a stand-by list, and Scholes believes the hot weather in Brazil this summer makes a youthful core essential.

"I hope we’ll do ok, it’s gonna be very difficult going to that part of the world," he told Goal. "It’s not ideal after a long English season, as we found out when we went to Japan and Korea, it was very difficult, weather-wise.

"I think we should go there with a lot of youth, a lot of young players. There are a couple of players from Liverpool doing really well, Sturridge and Sterling. Chamberlain from Arsenal.

"It’s what Germany did four years ago, they took a very young team. And now four years later people are fancying them to win it, which I understand a top quality team who know how to do well in major tournaments."

Scholes believes hosts Brazil will be the team to beat at the tournament, though he is also tipping Chile to spring a surprise on their home continent.

"As far as winners are concerned, I really can’t see anybody beating Brazil at home," he added.

"It’s gonna be very difficult as they showed in the Confederations Cup last season, beating Spain quite easily in the final. And the players they have now is coming to be a top team at the right time, with Neymar.

"I watched Chile a couple of months ago too. I think they could surprise a few teams and being in South America as well I think it could be to their benefit."