Roy Hodgson announced England’s Euro 2016 26 man provisional squad last night which included some unexpected faces.


Can you blame English fans for being fed up with the FA? It’s clear that selection for the international team isn’t based on form, after Hodgson selected three players who have hardly featured in their domestic leagues all season.

Rather than kicking up a stink about an upcoming youngster Marcus Rashford, how does Hodgson see that it’s viable to pick only three centre backs, as well as three players who have hardly played football this season. Fabian Delph, Andros Townsend and Jack Wilshere were all surprise selections in England’s provisional squad.

The biggest surprises of all, was seeing Mark Noble, Michail Antonio, Jermaine Defoe, and even Andy Carrol left out.

Hard-working midfielder Mark Noble had a stand out season for West Ham United and has regularly been often overlooked by England’s managers from the past.

Michail Antonio scored eight goals for the season, and was often found playing in an unfamiliar position as a full back.

He’s quality, the way he is playing, the big impact that he’s had on our game and also on the Premier League,” said West Ham manager Slaven Bilic. 

“I’m saying as his club manager he’s scored some goals, he’s made some assists, he’s defending really well.

Jermaine Defoe played a pivotal factor in Sunderland’s Premier League survival, scoring 15 goals this season, only short of Vardy and Kane in England’s strike force.

Andy Carroll is also another big out for England. There is no denying that The Three Lions opt to go for the long ball, and Carroll has a track record of scoring in big moments.

Remember his header against Sweden in 2012?


“I wouldn’t call it a crisis,” he said, “but the four players mentioned were each top-class players and I’m not going to disagree that we haven’t got those resources at our disposal today, albeit I do believe Cahill, Smalling and Stones are good centre-backs.

“Why are we not producing more centre-backs is a good question. It is something that we at the FA should think about, said Hodgson.”


Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier.


Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere, Fabian Delph and Andros Townsend.


Three players are still to be cut from the side, but there is no denying that Hodgson’s managerial career is on the line if they don’t produce good results on the park.


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