Mourinho backs Chelsea duo amid speculation

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard deserve their places in Roy Hodgson England’s World Cup squad in Brazil this summer

Hodgson’s 30-man party for the friendly with Denmark next week includes a number of inexperienced players, including Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.

Shaw is seen as a big threat to Cole’s international future, and the 33-year-old has not been part of Mourinho’s starting line-up recently, but the Portuguese feels Hodgson should stick with the senior men who secured qualification.

Hodgson has hinted that at least one of his elder statesmen will not make the plane to Brazil, with Cole and Lampard – who have more than 200 caps combined – among those potentially under threat.

But Mourinho said: “It is not my decision, but I try to be pragmatic, so if one day I am the national team manager of any country, I think the players that take me to the Euros or to the World Cup are the players I am going to take to the Euros or the World Cup.

“They took me, by qualifying, so after that, I take them on my plane.

“I don’t think it makes a lot of sense if you trust some players to do qualification and, after that, you don’t select them and pick others.” (Sky Sports)

They’ve been at the Euros and the previous World Cups and bottomed out, so if they go to Brazil it will be the same old results and he knows it.

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