Yesterday, England released their 26-man provisional squad for the Euros, which they will need to cut down to 23 for the tournament. Some shock names were included in the squad, such as Manchester United wonderkid Marcus Rashford and Newcastle Winger Andros Townsend. In this article, I will be looking at who narrowly missed out and those that arguably didn’t deserve their call ups.
Who should’ve gone?
The 33-year-old scored an impressive 15 goals in a well below average Sunderland side, and single-handedly carried the Black Cats to Premier League safety. Let’s face it, would Marcus Rashford had been called up for England if he was a Sunderland player? I personally don’t think so. Defoe is an experienced goal scorer who in my opinion thoroughly deserves a place in the England national team.
Antonio, who joined West Ham in the summer, had a brilliant debut season in the top flight of English football, scoring eight goals in all competitions offers pace going forward and a lot of strength, which is something different from your usual winger.
After what has been an awful season for Gary Cahill I thought there may have been another centre-half called up to the squad, and I feel Shawcross has been more than good enough to deserve a call-up from Roy Hodgson.
A consistent and standout performer for West Ham this season. How the former captain of the England under-21 side hasn’t been able to achieve one cap for the senior team is a travesty when the likes of Ryan Mason and Fabian Delph, who are the utter definition of bang average in my opinion, both have caps is beyond me.
The Watford captain has had a fantastic season in the Premier League and I feel he would offer some much-needed strength up top if England needed to switch up thier playing style mid-game.
A consistent performer in the Crystal Palace side, he has the skills and pace to succeed. Has certainly more than proved himself this season and I certainly feel he is due an England cap.
Who shouldn’t be in the squad?
How Fabian Delph has managed to get himself in this England squad is beyond me. I cant recall him doing anything this season, and even Delph himself must be bemused as to how he was called up.
The 18-year-old has had a great season with the Red Devils, but I think the call up has come far too early for him.
I was never impressed by Henderson during the season and since then he has had an injury and still managed to get in the team over players who deserve it more.
Townsend was called up due to an okay last month in the Premier League season, despite other wingers doing it week in week out.