World Cup: Jose Mourinho backs Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard for England places
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard deserve their places in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
Last Updated: 01/03/14 7:41am
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."
Mourinho remains keen on a national coaching role, having been touted as a potential replacement for Steve McClaren in 2007, but one thing he will not get involved with is players being chosen via naturalisation.
Much has been said about players choosing which country they want to represent, especially over the future of Manchester United's Belgium-born Kosovan midfielder Adnan Januzaj.
Mourinho added: "When, one day I am a national coach, I will take only players born in my country, that is for sure, or if not born in my country, then with parents with a big connection with the country.
"I will never take a player just because he has a passport from my country thinking he can make my team stronger.
"For me, the national team means a lot, my national team means a lot. If, one day, I coach Portugal, I will go with the Portuguese. The national team is Portugal. It's not Portugal & Friends. Portugal is for the Portuguese.
"It is an option, and anyone is free to have his options, and I'm not criticising, I am just saying (what I would do) when I am a national coach - and normally that would be the Portuguese national coach."