The news we have all been waiting for has finally come and Roy Hodgson’s England squad for EURO 2016 has been announced. The England squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Ryan Betrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
The squad boasts lots of quality, but there are a few men who will be feeling that they are unlucky not to be in line to board the plane to France. Here are FIVE players who were very unlucky not to be picked in the England squad…
The Premier League champion will feel as though the decision to drop him from the England squad is unjust, especially after he played 35 of the 38 games in Leicester’s title-winning season. The 26-year-old was a star player for the Foxes, but was perhaps emitted from the England squad after struggling on the international stage with underwhelming performances against the Netherlands, Turkey and Australia. Nonetheless, Drinkwater has reason to feel hard done by, by Hodgson’s decision.
Defoe was overlooked by Roy Hodgson, even for the 26 man provisional squad. England have plenty of classy strikers, including Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane and Leicester’s top scorer Jamie Vardy, but Defoe had a stunning season for Sunderland. The well-travelled hit-man has scored 19 goals for England and has plenty of international experience, unlike Marcus Rashford. Defoe grabbed 15 goals for a Sunderland side who were pathetic throughout the season, and stayed in the division largely down to his goals. The 33-year-old certainly has a reason to be upset to miss out on the squad.
Everton had a particularly appalling season, finishing in 11th position while conceding a shedload of goals along the way. However, youngster John Stones was named in the England squad, despite the miserable campaign, and many Evertonians will be confused at Hodgson’s decision. It is probably a choice in order to give Stones some much needed experience, but Jagielka could have been a great role model for a young England side and would have provided experience and leadership in a youthful squad.
Wait a minute before complaining that Terry is a retired international footballer, because that did not stop Jamie Carragher from going to the World Cup in 2010. Terry could have provided the England side with leadership, defensive strength and experience – Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart are the only men in the squad to have travelled to three or more international tournaments. The England defence is one part of the team that could let the country down this summer, with their fragility was shown in the friendlies against Australia and Turkey in the last few days.
Last but not least, Gareth Barry. Barry is a very experienced midfielder and has the record for the most Premier League starts in history. The 35-year-old, like the others in this gallery, would have been a great role model for the England side and would also have brought some strength to the midfield, as well as being a rock in front of the defence. England will be prone to counter attacks in France if they lose the ball, a situation that Barry is great at dealing with.