England Euro 2016 Squad: Three players who should have made the plane, and three who should've been left at home

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England manager Roy Hodgson has selected his initial 26-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 finals, in just over three weeks, and there is certainly some interesting talking points to say the least.

Manchester United’s 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford makes the squad, as does Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend.

But there is no place for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott or Everton defensive duo Leighton Baines, and Phil Jagielka.

Whilst it is important to stress that this is only the provisional squad, and that the deadline for all 24 teams to submit their 23-man squads is 31 May, there are certainly many talking points from Roy Hodgson’s initial selection.

Here at Free Bets, we have decided to take a look at three players who were omitted from the squad, that should have been selected, and three players who were selected, but should have been left at home.

Should be selected


Jermain Defoe – (Sunderland)

The 33-year-old is extremely unfortunate to miss out after a fantastic season at Sunderland. The striker’s 15 Premier League goals are the main reason for the club’s survival, and the former Spurs man has all the attributes to be an impact sub for England. Very unlucky.

Mark Noble

Mark Noble – (West Ham)

The 29-year-old has enjoyed arguably his best ever season for the Hammers, and has been a major reason as to why the club enjoyed such a fine campaign this year. The midfielder has proven he possesses all the attributes to be a viable option in the England midfield, and how he hasn’t even made the provisional squad is astounding.


Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

Whilst the England boss must be commended for his rather youthful team selection, there is certainly a case for bringing some experience to the tournament. Michael Carrick’s exclusion could be extremely costly, as this young squad could really do with his know-how, and big game experience. Despite a season struggling with injuries, the 34-year-old could certainly still do a job for England and should be in the squad.

Should not be selected


Marcus Rashford – (Manchester United)

The 18-year-old may have enjoyed a fine breakthrough campaign during the second half of the season, but surely his inclusion has come too early. The striker is undoubtedly talented, but a flurry of a couple of goals in a short space of time shouldn’t justify his selection for this summer, ahead of the likes of Jermain Defoe, and whilst being around the squad will do him the world of good, expect the teenager to be cut from the 23-man squad at the end of May.

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Raheem Sterling  – (Manchester City)

Raheem Sterling’s inclusion is clearly based on reputation. Whilst the 21-year-old has performed well for England in the past, he has really struggled at Manchester City during the second half of the season. Why bring a player completely out of form to a tournament?

Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph – (Manchester City)

The 26-year-old’s inclusion must feel like a real slap in the face to likes of Mark Noble. The Man City midfielder has rarely featured for the Eastlands side this season, and is another player completely out of form. Roy Hodgson has picked the midfielder out of loyalty, but to be fair, this was one criteria that the England boss said he would look at when selecting his squad.


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