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Hodgson trolls England fans by picking average Arsenal & Man United players

So Roy Hodgson’s gone all joker on us again this afternoon by naming a completely ridiculous England squad to face Lithuania and Italy at the end of this month.

We’ve come to expect it from England managers over the years – picking players on the basis of the club they represent rather than their performances on the pitch. Just look at the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jack Colbalk, Fabian Delph and Andros Townsend as recent examples of that.

But just when we though a disastrous World Cup might just convince Hodgson to start getting rid of the bang average players from his squad and giving an opportunity to the players that truly work hard for their teams each and every week, he goes and does it again.

The England squad for the coming internationals¬†is as follows…

There are players who deserve their call ups, such as Harry Kane, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne, but the rest? Not exactly been setting the Premier League a light, have they?

So let’s go to work and prove just how much Roy Hodgson is having a right ol’ laugh with his England selection…

Left-Backs

So Luke Shaw gets his obligatory call up for England, presumably because Manchester United got excited and wasted ¬£27million on him last summer. He’s only played 13 Premier League games this season and has been painfully average for the Red Devils.

Arsenal’s Kieron Gibbs also gets in the squad, despite being just a little bit better than Shaw for the Gunners this term.

Who got left out? West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell, who has been nothing short of sensational for the Hammers since signing from Ipswich in the summer, and Spurs’ Danny Rose who, despite being pretty average anyway, has been so much better than Shaw and Gibbs…

England left-backs

The above clearly proves Roy’s picked the wrong two back up left-backs for Bainesy, presumably because they play for top four clubs.

Midfielders

So Jordan Henderson’s arguably our main man in midfield from now on, and we’re completely fine with that. But what on earth is Andros Townsend doing in Roy’s squad? The Spurs player has played just 600 minutes of Premier League football this season and was subbed off early against United last week because he couldn’t handle Ashley Young. For the record, Ashley Young didn’t get a call up. LOL.

And don’t get us started on Fabian Delph. Anyone playing for a team that’s been pathetic up until about a week ago should be nowhere near an international team. Simples.

Meanwhile, poor old Stewart Downing has been dropped and his Hammers teammate Mark Noble continues to be overlooked. Blimey…

England midfielders

Strikers

Good grief, Roy. Just what on earth have you been smoking? Harry Kane? He deserves his called up. But Danny Welbeck? The striker who has scored just FOUR Premier League goals all season? That’s only a couple more than Carlton Cole, by they way.

Meanwhile, down the other end of the table, Danny Ings and Charlie Austin have bagged 24 goals between them. Where are their call ups? Goals win you football matches, so why is there a striker in the squad who’s only scored four of the bleeding things?

Then there’s Saido Berahino. But we’ll let his stats do the talking below…

England strikers

See, Roy? It’s not rocket science. You look at who’s been performing the best in the Premier League this season, double check that they’re actually English and then give them a chance.

No wonder we slipped down to 17th in the FIFA rankings recently…

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