Who should make Roy Hodgson's England squad?

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Roy Hodgson was due to name his England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland on Tuesday. However an 'injury crisis' means he has had to delay the announcement until after this weekends round of Premier League fixtures.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana remain doubts after they missed the clubs encounter with Arsenal on Monday night. Meanwhile Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is definitely out with an injury to his left fibula.

This creates a few selection dilemmas for the England manager. So with Hodgson giving himself five additional days to decide who makes the cut here are the 23 names the England boss should select.


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A no brainer really. England's number one and still the best English goalkeeper around. The City 'keeper has made a good start to the season, keeping three clean sheets in the clubs opening three games.


Certain to only serve as back up and may not even be first in line should anything happen to Hart. At 35-years-old he does at least offer plenty of experience and was decent for QPR last season despite their struggles.

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Stoke fans chanted "England's number one" as Butland put in a stand out performance against Norwich. Though the chances of him replacing Hart are slim to none he has certainly earned a call-up to the senior squad.



Very little competition at right-back so he looks certain to start. Clyne was arguably the best right-back in the league last season and his move to Liverpool will help him secure a regular spot in Hodgson's team.


The youngster has clearly worked hard on his fitness during the summer, this has enabled him to make an excellent start to the season. He has looked far quicker and trimmer than he was at the start of last season. On current form he deserves to start at left-back.


With Phil Jones out injured John Stones will probably be the favourite to take his place. However considering his current situation Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann may be a more sensible pick. The 28-year-old is a very underrated defender and is worthy of a chance with England. If Stones' future is resolved before the announcement, he would also be a solid pick.


The West Ham full-back was outstanding last season and should have recieved a call-up already. With Leighton Baines and Ryan Bertrand injured and Kieran Gibbs not getting regular game time, Hodgson can surely not overlook Cresswell again.


He may have made a shaky start to the season, but let's face it England are hardly blessed with an array of talent at centre-half. He's a top defender when he performs to his best and with England he usually does.


He's received his fair share of criticism down the years but Smalling is finally starting to live up to his potential. The United defender has been a commanding presence in a back four that's managed three shuts outs in the Premier League. Based on his start to the season he should be one of the first names on the team sheet.


At 33-years-old he is certainly not one for the future but he's featured regularly under Hodgson. Hodgson can justifiably pick him once again due to a lack of top drawer options in the position.



The Leicester winger was in excellent form towards the end of last season and has picked up from where he left off at the start of the new campaign. He's produced a goal and three assists so far. At 25-years-old there's still time for him to nail down a place in the England squad.


Despite one of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer and suggestions that he was going to be warming the bench at Manchester City, Sterling has actually made a promising start to life at the club. His behaviour has annoyed many a football fan, but we must not forget that he's still a talented player. By no means the finished article but England could do a lot worse.


Received his first cap back in 2012 but hasn't been seen since in an England shirt. With Wilshere out and Henderson also likely to miss the qualifiers, the time has come to bring Shelvey back into the fray. He's performing well for Swansea at the moment and is good enough to start for England.


Unlikely to actually receive a call-up but given that Theo Walcott has hardly played for Arsenal, Puncheon is probably more deserving of a place in the squad. He'd certainly bring versatility to the England set-up as he can play in the middle and out wide. Unfortunately he's another low-profile player who will most likely be overlooked.


After his breakthrough season, the 2014/15 campaign was so disappointing for Barkley. Thankfully for Everton the old Barkley seems to have returned at the start of the new season. He's managed two goals already and is looking far more confident.


City could well live to regret letting Milner go for nothing. While there is nothing fancy about him he has an admirable work rate and always gives it his all. Players with his kind of spirit and determination deserve to be in the England set-up.


Has returned to fitness after an injury set back early in his City career. His switch to the Etihad has made him unpopular amongst many. If, as expected, he struggles for game time then his long-term future with England should be called into question. With England's injury problems in the middle of midfield, Delph will have to be picked even if he has hardly featured so far this season.


Diver, cheat, call him what you want but the fact is Young was a consistent performer for United last season. He can consider himself unlucky to have been taken out of the team in the last few matches. Some fans may not like it, but he should get another chance with England.


Despite impressing in the Community Shield, Oxlade-Chamberlain has only started one of Arsenal's opening three Premier League games. It's beginning to look like getting out of the Emirates, where Wenger too often overlooks him, may well be the best thing for his career. We all know the qualities he can offer, Roy Hodgson at least recognises them.


Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United striker has had a rough start to the season. He should be by no means, let off the hook simply for scoring a hat-trick against poor Champions League opposition. However, as England captain he simply has to be in the squad. The striker also tends to play well in these qualification games, even if he does underwhelm at tournament level.

Charlie Austin

Why has no Premier League club brought Charlie Austin? It's staggering that in this current market no one will pay £15 million for the 18 goal striker. He may be playing his football in the Championship but Hodgson should certainly still select him. The 26-year-old should have been given his chance back in June and it would be a crying shame if he doesn't get it this time around.

Jamie Vardy

Completed an amazing rise to the top when he made his England debut back in June. He has made an excellent start to the season on the pitch, however he's been shrouded in controversy off it. Based purely on football, he should be in the 23. Though his controversial behaviour off the pitch is certainly cause for debate.

Harry Kane

Has hardly had a sniff in Tottenham's opening three games. After his 21 goal season all eyes are on Kane to see if he's more than a one season wonder. He may be yet to score this season but there's no stand out player to take his place in the England squad and after his performances last season no one will complain when he's inevitably selected. If Spurs bring in a new striker, this will reduce the pressure on him and allow him to thrive once again.

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