Hodgson has named his England squad .

England's Euro 2016 squad announced by Roy Hodgson

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England boss Roy Hodgson has named his 26-man squad for this summer's European Championships in France. 

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been selected by the Three Lions boss, despite the fact the player has missed the majority of the season because of injury. Newcastle United midfielder Andros Townsend and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford have also made the squad. 

Hodgson, who was initially set to name his squad on Thursday 12 May, has also included the likes of Jamie Vardy, Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling. 


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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has missed out, however, after a disappointing season in north London, while the likes of Andy Carroll and Jermain Defoe have also been overlooked. 

From the 26 in the current squad, three players will eventually miss out and not travel to France. 

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England gaining experience 

Ahead of the tournament, former England captain Rio Ferdinand has suggested that the national side should use the competition to hand young players experience ahead of the 2018 World Cup/ 

"I would say this tournament should be left to be a development tournament," he told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme.

"We should be looking at this to prepare ourselves for the next World Cup because we have got young players who are inexperienced. Gain experience here and then relieve the pressure.

"Putting stipulations and expectations on how far England can go is wrong.

"We've always had expectation going in, which is understandable, but more importantly what happens when we're coming out of the tournament?

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"We've never had a position where we've come out of tournament in a position of strength - we've come out weaker.

"After this tournament I would love to come out and say our players have grown in experience and stature, individually and collectively, and we're coming out with hope for the next tournament because we've seen signs of progression. We've not done that in recent tournaments."

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