It was a terrible decision to leave Ashley Young out of England's most recent squad for the clash with the Republic of Ireland and the crucial qualifier against Slovenia.
After a dull performance at the Aviva stadium, England scraped over the line against the Slovenians. For some reason, Andros Townsend started the match in Ljubljana.
Townsend made just 17 Premier League appearances for an underwhelming Tottenham side this season, while Young was a crucial part of Louis van Gaal's side that charged into the top four with impressive end of season form.
This form, which included a run of six straight victories, coincided with Young's inclusion in the starting line up. The former Aston Villa man put in various man of the match performances for the Red Devils and scored important goals like the last minute winner at Newcastle.
He played so well that British record signing Angel di Maria, was left on the bench for large parts of the season. The Argentinian simply couldn't displace Young from the starting 11.
Roy Hodgson decided to remain 'loyal' and stick with Townsend despite him not getting minutes at club level. This isn't just a one off - another example is Kieran Gibbs starting ahead of Ryan Bertrand. Just because Gibbs is on the books at a big club, he is selected ahead of the much more talented Bertrand. I say "on the books", as Gibbs is hardly a regular starter for the Gunners.
England need to stop selecting big club players who spend most of their time on the bench, and instead give more deserving players a chance.
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