England Manager pleased with squad but will be without Gary Cahill for meeting with San Marino
Roy Hodgson insists his England players are hungry and raring to go ahead of two crucial games on the road to Brazil.
The Three Lions face San Marino on Friday and then Montenegro on Tuesday as Group H hots up.
First up is San Marino and Hodgson is pleased with how his squad is shaping up.
"Everyone is in the right frame of mind to take on these two games," he said.
"It is a balance. I think at the moment, when I select a team, those who have not played will want to play.
"I am sure I will be disappointing people as they want to play - and that's how it should be. I have got every reason to be more than satisfied with the players that are here.
"There are two different games. On paper, the Montenegro game is the more arduous task. With the squad we have got, we are capable of doing a good job tomorrow night."
Hodgson has had to deal with a problem at the back following injuries to key players but he believes the absences give a chance to those who have travelled.
"I have learned that Gary Cahill will not be able to join us but that is not a great surprise as he was a risk," he said.
"I have been really happy with the defenders that are here. When you come into a squad when others withdraw, it's a good opportunity for them.
"It's a chance to turn it into good fortune from someone's misfortune.
"I have got four very good players there, who play in the Premier League," he added.
"There are interesting players like Steven Taylor who has helped Newcastle to the quarter finals of the Europa League."