When Roy Hodgson read out his Euro 2016 squad, it sounded like a disaster waiting to happen when only three centre backs were mentioned.
The England boss will have to keep his fingers crossed that neither Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling or John Stones pick up any injuries from now to the finals as it could have a major impact on the squad.
The-26-man-squad features only seven defenders while 11 midfielders made the cut for a provisional place. The likes of Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph have been preferred to another defender despite not featuring for their clubs in recent weeks.
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Roy has taken a big gamble with his squad by leaving out players such as Phil Jagielka who has been a prominent figure in the England squad for the past few years. However, after losing his place to Ramiro Funes Mori at the heart of the Everton defence, it seemed that Roy had no choice but to drop him from the squad.
The Euros seems to have come a bit too early for Crystal Palace captain Scott Dann who was in-line to get his first England cap this season. But after his side's loss of form since the New Year he seems to have slipped further down Roy’s plans along with Ryan Shawcross who has impressed once again for Stoke.
A few years ago, England were spoilt for choice with centre-halves with the likes of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell all available, but now there seems to be real shortage.
They may now have to rely on the raw talent of John Stones who has had mixed season for Everton. At first, he was applauded for his passing ability but by the end of the campaign he has been heavily criticised for his poor positional play and one on one defending.
If the worst comes to the worst in France and Cahill or Smalling get injured, Roy may have to call upon Eric Dier to play has a make-shift centre back.
However, Dier who only made his England debut against Spain in November, has barely played in that role this season and looks certain to start as a holding midfielder against Russia - a position where he has excelled for Tottenham.
Roy has taken a massive gamble by not taking another centre back to the Euros and for his and our sake, we hope that it doesn’t back fire.
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