Jamie Carragher and Martin Keown have come out and backed Roy Hodgson for his Euros final squad selection.
The England boss going with a number of players who have been long-term injured and/or shown no decent form in recent times, rather than Title winner Danny Drinkwater and in-form winger Andros Townsend.
Tuesday night saw Alan Shearer express a totally different reaction to the news, accusing Roy Hodgson of going for ‘reputation rather than fitness and form’, as the likes of Wilshere, Sterling, Henderson and Sturridge kept their squad places.
Alan Shearer 31 May 2016:
“Once again I think we have gone for reputation rather than fitness and form…I hope Roy does not live to regret it.!”
Interestingly, Martin Keown says that Marcus Rashford showed in 18 minutes playing out wide in the friendly against Australia, that Andros Townsend wasn’t needed. Quite a leap of faith in an 18 year old who has only appeared in 11 league games for his club and played only 63 minutes of international football.
As for Jamie Carragher, he says that Hodgson has made the ‘right call’ when overlooking Andros Townsend and going with ‘trusted regulars’ such as Henderson and Sterling. Trusted to do exactly what is the question?
Speaking to the Mail:
“I applaud him for going with the most technically gifted players.
“Marcus Rashford proved in 45 minutes against Australia that he could go to France as a striker, and in 18 second-half minutes showed he can play out wide as well.
“That meant Townsend wasn’t going as Roy didn’t need the extra winger.
“Drinkwater is a bit unlucky. It seems like he was there as stand-by for Wilshere or Henderson. It’s a gamble to leave him at home as England need to protect their defence better and he’s good at that.”
“We can forget the ‘negative, boring Hodgson’ tag now!
“Drinkwater is the most unfortunate but his performance against Australia and lack of international experience has counted against him.
“As for Andros Townsend, it came down to: ‘Do I pick the in-form club player, or stay with trusted regulars, such as Raheem Sterling and Henderson?’
“Even with Jordan’s fitness worries, he’s made the right call.”