Roy Hodgson named his England squad for the next two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. But with theses games not being played until September 6 and 10 respectively, has the England manager picked his squad too early?
This evening sees Premier League sides entering the League Cup and Champions League qualifiers with Europa League being played Thursday. This means that England has players in action in different cup competitions over the next few days.
Usually an England squad for qualifiers at this stage of the season would be picked after the next round of Premier League matches, which are played this coming weekend so the manager can get a good look at who really has hit the ground running this season and who still needs a few more games before they are challenging for national selection.
With this unusually early squad selection there are worries that players who may have had one or two good matches and could have hit form too early. This hot streak could run out before the crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Players such as Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck have had careers which have seen sudden dips in form with bursts of brilliance, both of these two strikers have started the season exceptionally for their respective clubs - Strurridge and Welbeck have scored two in two.
However, could this form which got them picked for the national side have disappeared by the time the big night comes? Although, picking the players who are in form at the time is what any good manager would do, so both players have every right to be in this squad.
The problem is the timing of the selection. Could the squad not have been picked after this weekend's Premier League fixtures so as to get a clear judgement on who truly does deserve to be in.
Can Hodgson really tell which players are deserving of a call-up after just two games? Have your say in the comments box provided, and let us know who you think should have made the squad!
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere
Strikers: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young
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