Predicting who will make Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 Squad

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The hype begins again. With Euro 2016 just over one month away, the build up begins and everyone starts asking the question, can England win it this time?

Usually the answer is no and England crash out of the group stages, but this time there is a real sense that The Three Lions actually have a chance.

England are roughly the fourth favourites, according to the odds, meaning that Roy Hodgson's men are considered to be able to reach the semi-finals.


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Whether that will actually happen will all depend on how their first game goes against Russia on June 11.

With the squad announcement coming up later this month, it's time to look into the possible 23-man squad that Hodgson could take with him to France.

For the squad, it's likely that England will take three goalkeepers, seven defenders, which is similar to what Hodgson took to the 2014 World Cup, seven midfielders and six attackers.

Also, for each section, excluding the goalkeeper, there will be an inclusion of a "wildcard choice", this being a player who could be considered a risk but also a "game-changer".

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton

Joe Hart has always been considered England's number one keeper and there are no doubts that he will remain as number one for the tournament. He is consistent and has been one of the Manchester City's best players this season.

Forster also has performed to a high standard following his return from injury, however Hart will always get the nod over him. 

Jack Butland obviously was a big loss for England and there was potential for him to challenge for the number one spot, but his injury ruled him out of the Euros.

Finally, Tom Heaton, he's had a solid season for Burnley, helping them secure promotion back to the Premier League and appears to be Hodgson's third favourite keeper.

Defenders: Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, John Stones, Danny Rose, Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker

Wildcard: Aaron Cresswell

Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill have established themselves as England's strongest centre-back partnership, despite both having a completely different season, in terms of performance.

Danny Rose and Nathaniel Clyne appear to be Hodgson's favourite full-back pair and both also have performed well throughout the season, especially Rose helping Tottenham with the title race. Kyle Walker is the same as Rose but just appears to be second-choice to Clyne in the selection.

John Stones is highly versatile, he's young and needs tournament experience, however, despite many mistakes this season, it would be expected that he still goes to France.

Finally the wildcard, Aaron Cresswell. He has had a fantastic second season at West Ham and he could be worthy of a call-up in Phil Jagielka's absence due to injury. He is a hard-working individual, who is also a strong crosser of the ball. He could really add some attacking danger to England's left-hand side.

Midfielders: Dele Alli, James Milner, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Eric Dier, Ross Barkley

Wildcard: Danny Drinkwater

The majority of these players have already established themselves consistently in Roy Hodgson's England selections.

Lallana and Milner have helped Liverpool reach the Europa League semi-finals, Milner especially has had a solid season and proved to be key to Liverpool's success.

Dele Alli and Eric Dier have already proved their worth for both England and Tottenham this season and look like having a bright future for England, the same to be said for Ross Barkley, who had improved massively since the World Cup.

Raheem Sterling started the season strong, but has deteriorated recently, but he could still be key for England.

Finally the wildcard. Danny Drinkwater has just won the Premier League in a surprise season for Leicester City and for that, he deserves a chance, especially after picking up a Man of the Match performance on his England debut.

Attackers: Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney

Wildcard: Andy Carroll

Vardy and Kane have performed exceptionally well for their respective clubs this season and have also scored recently for England. They work well as a strike partnership and they could lead England to glory.

Sturridge and Welbeck are both players favoured by Roy Hodgson and can, on occasion, make the difference, especially in the case of Sturridge, who, when fit, can be one of the Premier League's best strikers.

Rooney will be selected for being captain, and nothing to do with his poor season, giving credit to him returning from injury, however. He is a leader, but he might hinder England, who thrive with a young side.

Finally, again, my wildcard is another West Ham player.

Based upon the last few games and his previous England games, he adds something different. His physical and sometimes that's needed, also he has to be considered as one of the best headers of the ball in the Premier League.

He is certainly the least likely to be chosen, but with caps to his name, he has every possibility. 

What do you make of this 23-man England squad? Comment YOUR selection below!

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