Hodgson tempers expectations for England prospects

The Three Lions boss has cooled talk of Ravel Morrison and Saido Berahino making his World Cup squad, insisting they still have a lot of improving to do.

Roy Hodgson has cooled talk of West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison and West Brom striker Saido Berahino going to next year's World Cup.

Morrison and Berahino have hit the headlines this season for their outstanding club form and both scored for the England Under-21s in Tuesday's 5-0 win over Lithuania, which followed a 4-0 victory in San Marino on Oct. 10.

Andros Townsend and Raheem Sterling are two young players that England manager Hodgson has handed debuts to as he looks to nurture the best young talent at his disposal.

No sooner had England secured qualification Tuesday to the 2014 World Cup than attention turned to the question of who could be on the plane to Brazil next year, but Hodgson is keen stress that Morrison and Berahino are not ready to be promoted to the senior side just yet.

"I know Ravel Morrison is a player who interests you [the media] all," said Hodgson. "He interests us as well because the lad has got fantastic talent. Saido Berahino, whom I know well from my West Brom days, has been a breath of fresh air too.

"I do like the way the Under-21s play. With their movements and passing ideas, it is a mirror image of what we are trying to do. But, to be fair, San Marino and Lithuania Under-21s are not quite the same level as we are talking about with the England senior team.

"And I have to say, [Danny] Welbeck, [Kyle] Walker, [Jack] Wilshere, even to some extent Ross Barkley, have proved they can do it. So these young lads have a few of their own to get past before we even start talking about Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard."