Left-back Shaw, 18, who is poised to make his debut at Wembley, was pictured wiping tears from his eyes at Southampton’s training ground as he told his mum that Hodgson has called him up for the friendly against Denmark on Wednesday.
But the next tears Hodgson causes may be more bitter as he admitted he is ready to turn heartbreaker by dumping high-profile England players from his World Cup squad.
“I am very conscious I could have to leave a big name out,” said Hodgson, who will take charge of his second major tournament after Euro 2012.
“It wasn’t easy before the Euros. This time it’s going to be even harder.”
Chelsea duo Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole – who plays in Shaw’s position – are under pressure to keep their places and Michael Carrick, who started the qualifying win over Poland in October, is becoming more vulnerable as his club Manchester United continue to struggle.
The trio were all named in a 30-man squad yesterday, along with Shaw. Hodgson said: “Before the Euros, at least I was choosing names of players I had never really worked with.
“This time I will have to disappoint some people I have worked with and who have maybe done a good job for me and the team.
I am very conscious I could have to leave a big name out
“It is tougher and all you can do is accept the responsibility and hope the players believe you when you say you are doing it honestly and are following your beliefs, your principles.”
Shaw will be vying with the considerably more experienced Leighton Baines, 29, who has 22 caps, and Ashley Cole, 33, who has 106 caps, for a place in the World Cup squad but Hodgson believes he deserves his chance.
“He is a player in a position where we are very well off but he wants to compete with the other two for a place on the plane,” said Hodgson, who also called Cardiff’s Steven Caulker into his squad after Phil Jagielka was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
“It’s the right time to bring him in and let him show what he can do.”
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Andy Carroll, Gareth Barry and Adam Johnson were all overlooked, but Hodgson says the door is not shut.
“This is not a definitive list, it is not the 30 from which the 23 will absolutely be chosen,” he said.
Manchester United’s quintet of players – Wayne Rooney, Carrick, Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck – were also told not to let their club troubles impact on the atmosphere within the England squad.
“It is up to the players to make certain they don’t bring their woes to England and have that impact upon us,” said Hodgson, who revealed players’ wives and girlfriends will be invited to Miami when England play their final warm-up games against Ecuador and Honduras.
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