Roy Hodgson is set to announce his 23-man squad for Euro 2016 on Thursday. However, someone at the FA will be in big trouble after accidentally publishing the squad today on the FA website, only for it be deleted minutes later.
Looks like somebody at The @FA is in trouble, accidentally publishing the England squad.
Wilshere IN, Welbeck OUT. pic.twitter.com/eRmvjNdPUl
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) May 9, 2016
Rumoured 23-man squad:
Rumoured Standby list:
There are many talking points from the squad. However, the first point to lead us to believe its legitimacy is that Danny Welbeck is missing from the squad. Welbeck was nailed on to take his place in France, until he injured his knee for Arsenal in just yesterday’s game versus Manchester City, and subsequently ruled out of the championships.
Whilst Welbeck has been left out, his Arsenal colleague and controversial character, Jack Wilshere has been included. Despite some man-of-the-match performances from Wilshere in the past few years for England, it’s surprising for him to be included especially considering he’s barely featured for Arsenal this season due to injury.
Arguably the biggest talking point in the rumoured squad is the inclusion of Manchester United’s left-back Luke Shaw, despite not playing since his horrific leg break earlier in the season. There was small hope that Shaw would return for United this season and fight for his place on the plane to France. However, he’s only been able to return to training so far and not even made a United squad.
Shaw’s apparent inclusion means Tottenham’s and PFA left back of the season, Danny Rose has been dropped to the standby list – with his Tottenham teammate Kyle Walker also finding his name on the standby list.
Top premier league scorers Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy unsurprisingly join captain Wayne Rooney in the squad. With Danny Drinkwater also taking his place following a ground-breaking season for champions Leicester. Surprisingly however, fellow central midfielder Jordan Henderson is included despite rumours he was ruled out through injury last month.
Interestingly, following strong respective seasons Marc Albrighton, Jermain Defoe, Andy Carroll and Mark Noble find themselves on the standby list despite not being included in Hodgson’s plans for the Euro’s to date.
There is no space in even the standby list for pacey wingers Theo Walcott or Andros Townsend, despite the latter’s recent upturn in form. This is particularly shocking considering the way Hodgson and England like to play – with width and crosses into the box. Now Arsenal’s Welbeck (previously expected starting left-winger) and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been ruled out, I’d have expected to see at least one of Walcott or Townsend in the squad.
Of course, there is no legitimacy in this ‘announcement’ and we’ll have to wait until Thursday for the official announcement. However, this does provide us an insight into Hodgson’s plans for the summer.
Comment below with your England 23 man squad for the Euro’s.