England Squad Named For Euro 2016
The England squad for Euro 2016 has just been announced a few hours ago, and whilst there are no huge surprises the most notable name in the squad would be Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford who has catapulted his name into the frame with his scoring exploits and displays for United over the last 3 months and his goal scoring and eye catching debut for England.
I think it is an excellent call to bring him into the squad as he brings with him a freshness and a raw pace that could cause problems to any team at Euro 2016. Andy Carroll does have his admirers but given his appalling track record with injury I believe he would be a bigger gamble than Rashford.
The two most notable omissions from the squad are possible Marcus Townsend, who I feel is very unlucky to miss out having played so well for England in the past, and Danny Drinkwater who has had a fabulous season for Leicester City and has not let England down with his displays for them.
Looking at the squad as a whole I would say that a few players are maybe lucky to make the cut. At the back John Stones may be one for the future rather than 2016, he still has a lot to learn when it comes to the art of defending. The defence of course could prove to be England`s achilles heel during this tournament as we do look pretty exciting going forward but shaky at the back.
Jack Wilshere has hardly played in the last few months and if it was not for the fact that he brings something different to the table he would not have been near the squad, but there is no doubt he is a very talented player who we need to be on-song if we are going to reach the semi-finals or beyond.
As for Raheem Sterling I really do think he is a lucky guy, his form has been poor for most of the season and he seems to have lost confidence in the last few months. The only saving grace is he has that blistering pace that can unhinge defences so let us hope that he has left something up his sleeve for the summer.
The full squad is:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).
The options upfront are mouthwatering. Bring it on!