THE CHOSEN ONES
Following the official announcement of Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup, could there be a sense of optimism and excitement surrounding a promising group?
We look at the standout decisions, such as choosing Luke Shaw over Ashley Cole
Why I Love the World Cup - Kamara
Chris Kamara tells Sky Sports Why he Loves the World Cup
England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed the 23-man squad he will be taking to this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
The national team boss held an in-depth news conference to explain his selections, including the omission of Ashley Cole, and it made for fascinating viewing. Watch the best bits, along with reaction and analysis
One to watch
No.30 - Mario Balotelli
On his day, the AC Milan and Italy striker is unstoppable. The problem is, even on such occasions, he is capable of a moment of madness. A lot appears to depend on whether he is in the mood but, worryingly for England, more often than not he is.
Who to follow
No.30 - @RorySmithTimes
This will be one of the more entertaining journalist accounts to follow this summer. The Times writer Rory Smith says the things others are afraid to, like the following lighthearted tweet: 'Liam Ridgewell left off PFA player of the year shortlist'.
World Cup greats
No.30 - Rummenigge
Karl Heinz Rummenigge holds the unenviable record of being the only player to lose two World Cup finals as captain. Rummenigge played in three World Cups between 1978 and 1986, scoring nine goals despite playing with injuries in both '82 and '86.