Many people have been criticising Roy Hodgson for his squad selection, particularly the omission of Ashley Cole and John Terry.
Ashley Cole has been a magnificent stalwart for England over the years, and there is no doubting that at his peak he was one of the finest left-backs in the world. However, that was in the past.
NOT ENOUGH MINUTES
He has barely played this season for Chelsea, and doesn’t warrant selection as a result of that. When England squads have been named in the past, managers have been criticised for going with the same old tried and tested players, even though they always fall short.
This time, Hodgson goes the other way and still gets stick. The poor guy can’t win! Sure, it seemed a little pointless in taking Luke Shaw for him to not play at all (dead rubber game against Costa Rica aside), but he will have gained valuable experience that will stand him in good stead for tournaments to come.
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Ashley Cole will have been a good back up if Leighton Baines got injured or suffered a huge slump in form, but in terms of proving a calming and experienced presence, Cole is not the man for the job.
The same can be said of John Terry. Irrespective of the fact that he has retired from international football, he remains the best centre-back England have. However, his best days are also behind him, and he is (to put it mildly) a resoundingly divisive individual.
HODGSON MADE DECISION FOR CAMP HARMONY
Not the sort of person Hodgson would want around if he is trying to create a happy and harmonious atmosphere within the camp. I have no doubt whatsoever that Frank Lampard has been taken merely to act as an experienced head. He was never likely to play a part but has the character and temperament to aid and calm those around him.
All in all, injuries aside, I believe that Hodgson has chosen the best squad available to him and has kept true to his word with regards to picking based on form rather than reputation. Long may it continue.
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