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Alan Shearer criticises Roy Hodgson’s final England squad selection for Euros

6 years ago

Roy Hodgson named his final 23 man England squad for the Euros and Alan Shearer was less than impressed.

The former England and Newcastle Captain saying that ‘Once again I think we have gone for reputation rather than fitness and form’.

With Fabian Delph carrying an injury he was always set to be one of the three who would drop out – but Alan Shearer says that he would have taken both Danny Drinkwater and Andros Townsend.

Shearer thinks Drinkwater should have gone to France after his ‘magnificent’ season, whilst the former number nine believes that Townsend ‘could have offered them something different’.

Instead Roy Hodgson has preferred to go with three players who have serious injury problems and played very few matches, as well as possibly also struggling for form in the matches they have played.

Alan Shearer writing for Coral:

“Once again I think we have gone for reputation rather than fitness and form. It’s a big gamble from Roy to take two injury-prone players and another player who has been injured in Jordan Henderson.

“Jack Wilshere has not shown anything in the two friendlies he has played recently, while Daniel Sturridge has been injured for the last couple of weeks.

“Drinkwater has had a magnificent season for Leicester, would have been full of confidence after their title win, and I do not think he deserves to be left out.

“I hope Roy does not live to regret it. I admire his loyalty but I also feel that Andros Townsend could have offered them something different to what they have gone with.

“He has been the one shining light for Newcastle at the back end of the season, even though they were relegated. We have regretted taking players who weren’t fully fit before, so I thought we would have learnt from previous mistakes.”


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