Hodgson encouraged by form

England boss Roy Hodgson admits choosing a World Cup squad now would give him a "major headache" due to the number of homegrown youngsters making their mark in the Premier League.

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The likes of Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison and West Brom striker Saido Berahino have all won plaudits for their performances this season.

"At the moment, I've seen a lot of our England players and contenders for England places playing extremely well. I wish I could bottle up some of the form and keep it," Hodgson told Sky Sports News.

"It's quite fascinating at the moment going to games. The number of players getting games, especially some of the youngsters, is good.

"There are a lot of teams fielding English players in their line-up at the moment and I'm seeing a lot of good performances.

"If I had to pick a team for the World Cup today, it would be a major headache."

England captain Steven Gerrard, his Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge and Townsend have all been injured in recent weeks but Hodgson is not concerned at this stage.

He added: "My nerves when watching games is not as high as it might be at the end of April where if anyone got injured, they wouldn't make it in time."

England face a testing time in Brazil after being drawn to face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in their group matches.

Yet Hodgson is undeterred and is taking some consolation from Euro 2012, where they emerged from a tough group before being eliminated by Italy on penalties.

The former Inter Milan boss said: "We had an equally tough group in the Euros and we got out of that group and got ourselves to the quarter-finals.

"We believe we can do it. There are no easy groups in the World Cup."

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