Former England midfielder Kieron Dyer has insisted Roy Hodgson is right to gamble on injured players ahead of Euro 2016.
Hodgson raised a few eyebrows by selecting Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge, and Jordan Henderson in his squad.
But Dyer, who was speaking at The Three Lions pub as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions’ campaign, said:
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Worth the risk
“People always say things like that with Henderson or Wilshere, but I don’t see it as a gamble.
“Maybe if you were taking 15 players, then yes, but you’ve got 23 players. There are always some players who don’t play a minute of football. I went to Euro 2004, I played six minutes of football.
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“Sturridge and Wilshere especially are well worth the gamble. Sturridge is my favourite England striker. He’s definitely got the potential to be a world-class player.
“When he came back, he played loads of games for Liverpool, not every game but that was the manager’s decision. But everyone was panicking because he missed one friendly.”
“People talk about who should start, Kane, Vardy, Rooney and I think, where’s Sturridge?
It’s no surprise that Dyer has so much time for the Liverpool forward, as he himself was often frustrated by injuries, though he still appeared for England 33 times.
Sympathy for Drinkwater
And Dyer also admits he feels sorry for Danny Drinkwater and Andros Townsend, both of whom were axed from the squad at the final hurdle.
“I feel sorry for, not so much (Fabian) Delph because he’s had injuries, but Drinkwater was probably the best English midfielder this season.”
“Townsend was in a team that got relegated but he was still massive.”
Mark Noble played with Dyer at West Ham, but despite a sensational season at Upton Park which saw Slaven Bilic’s side reach the Europa League, he is yet to earn a cap for his country.
“It would’ve been nice for Noble to get a game, I played alongside him at West Ha", he said.
“If you talk about football brains, he’s just had the season of his life, he’s not blessed with lightning pace but he’s brilliant upstairs.”
Kieron Dyer met England fans at The Three Lions pub in Newcastle as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions' campaign. Carlsberg will be substituting pub names and renaming them ‘The Three Lions’ across England in the build-up to UEFA EURO 2016™. Follow @CarlsbergUK to discover how Carlsberg will be substituting the ordinary for the extraordinary for England fans in the build-up to the tournament.
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