LONDON - England's squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:
Joe Hart (Manchester City) Age 27; 40 caps. England's first choice goalkeeper for the past four seasons, he came back strongly in the second half of this campaign after a mid-season blip in form resulted in him being dropped from the Manchester City starting line-up for six weeks. The only member of the England squad to play every minute of the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion) Age 31; 6 caps. He has only played six times for England since making his debut seven years ago and has a strangely nomadic career taking in Stoke City, Manchester United, Watford, Birmingham and West Brom. Former England keeper Paul Robinson scored against him with a clearance in a league match.
Fraser Forster (Celtic) Age 26; 1 cap. A towering presence at 2.01 meters (6ft-7in), he set a Scottish Premier League record this season keeping a clean sheet for 11 successive matches and 1,256 minutes. Made his England debut in a 2-0 home defeat to Chile last November.
Leighton Baines (Everton) Age 29; 23 caps. Agile left-back with a dangerous free-kick in his armoury, he has now been at Everton for seven years after making his league debut as a teenager for Wigan Athletic. Was coveted by Manchester United when David Moyes moved from Everton to Old Trafford, but opted to stay at Goodison Park.
Gary Cahill (Chelsea) Age 28; 23 caps. Likely to form one half of the central defensive partnership with Everton's Phil Jagielka. The two have forged a good understanding since his club mate John Terry and Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand left the England squad. Solid and reliable, made his name with Bolton Wanderers after starting at Aston Villa.
Phil Jagielka (Everton) Age 31; 25 caps. A hamstring injury in March has blighted the closing weeks of the league campaign, but he is expected to make a full recovery by June and partner Cahill at the heart of the defence. Made his league debut for Sheffield United as a 17-year-old.
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Age 29; 51 caps. One of the key players in Liverpool's resurgence this season, even though he has two spells out with injuries. Won his 50th cap against Denmark in March.
Phil Jones (Manchester United) Age 22; 9 caps. Like his club-mate Chris Smalling, won a place for his versatility, being able to operate at centre-back, right-back or as a defensive midfielder. Made his debut for Blackburn Rovers as a 17-year-old and for England at 19 in 2011 after moving to Manchester United.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) Age 18; 1 cap. True to his word, Roy Hodgson selected the Saints left-back rather than veteran Ashley Cole as he has had an outstanding season while Cole has sat on the bench for Chelsea. His fairytale rise would reach the heights if he celebrated his 19th birthday on the day of the World Cup final with a winner's medal.
Chris Smalling (Manchester United) Age 24; 11 caps. Versatile central defender who can cover as a right-back. Was discovered late playing in non-League football by Fulham where he played a handful of games before joining United in 2010.
Ross Barkley (Everton) Age 20; 4 caps. Scored one of the goals of the season when he raced 50 metres through the Newcastle defence to pounce in an Everton victory at St James' Park. Powerfully built youngster with a great future who will gain valuable experience in Brazil.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Age 34; 110 caps. The Liverpool and England skipper will turn 34 at the end of May but there is no hint of a decline in his power or form. The finals will be his fifth major tournament following the Euros in 2004 and 2012 and the World Cups of 2006 and 2010. Is England's third most-capped player after Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115).
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Age 23; 9 caps. Has had his best season since joining Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011, a year after making his England debut. Is good creatively up front, but also comfortable as a deeper-lying midfielder.