News 16 May 2016
Author: Jaik Fenton

Roy Hodgson springs up SURPRISES in provisional England squad

Author Jaik Fenton
16 May 2016

Roy Hodgson has announced his provisional 26-man England squad for the upcoming European Championships.

Monday morning saw the former Fulham manager throw up a few surprises, including the likes of Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere and Marcus Rashford. The latter has endured quite a few months, having only recently broke into the Man Utd first team. Next to no one would have envisaged the youngster making the squad in January, showcasing his rapid acceleration.

However, there were notable omissions in the form of Theo Walcott, Mark Noble and Jermain Defoe.

The biggest talking point has surrounded the inclusion of Rashford. Many have claimed it’s come too early for the young striker, but Roy has reiterated that’s not the case. Despite this, it looks unlikely that he’ll make the 23-man squad, barring some big performances in the friendlies.

Calls for the addition of Jermaine Defoe have been rife, with the Sunderland striker bagging a respectable 15 goals for a struggling side. The large majority believe his experience and poacher-type style would come in handy for England in France, but it wasn’t to be.

Another surprise came in the form of Jack Wilshere’s call-up, who has suffered from injury since August with a broken leg. Having only returned to action yesterday in Arsenal’s 4-0 victory, it’s a big risk. However, Hodgson expressed that the next week or so will give him the opportunity to keep an eye on his progress and see if he will fly out. Undoubtedly a fit Jack Wilshere will be a big addition to the squad.

The squad is set to be reduced from 26 to 23 by 31 May following two friendlies against Turkey and Australia. This will give Hodgson a chance to look at his group of players in action, particularly those struggling for fitness. It’s needless to say all 26 will be fighting for their spots and it’ll be interesting to see who makes it.

England will kickstart their tournament on 11 June against Russia, followed by clashes against Wales (16 June) and Slovakia (20 June).

Here’s the squad in full:

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Tickets are still on sale for England’s friendlies against Turkey (Etihad Stadium) and Australia (Stadium of Light) – visit the FA website for purchases.

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Words – @JaikBFenton

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