With just one weekend remaining in the Premier League, attention is slowly turning to the European Championships in France this summer.
Roy Hodgson is set to announce his 23-man squad on Thursday but a reported ‘leak’ photo of the squad has sent Twitter into a wild frenzy.
While it’s unclear whether this ‘leak’ has any substance, it certainly got people talking. Some people are claiming that the FA published the list on their website but the page has since been deleted.
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While the majority of the squad is as expected, there are still some surprise inclusions.
The biggest of which is Manchester United’s Luke Shaw being selected ahead of Danny Rose. Shaw hasn’t played for United since suffering a double leg fracture in September and, with United having three matches remaining in the campaign, isn’t expected to have enough time to prove his fitness.
On the other hand, Rose has impressed for Spurs throughout their title challenging campaign and was named in the PFA Team of the Year but both Shaw and Ryan Bertrand were named as the left-backs. Unsurprisingly, many people were left scratching their heads:
Rose’s teammate Kyle Walker also joins him on the eight-man reserve list with Nathaniel Clyne the only natural right-back in the squad.
Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere is named in the squad with the Arsenal midfielder recently returning to first-team football after missing the entire campaign. Wilshere came on in the first-half during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Sunday due to Danny Welbeck going off with a knee injury and, interestingly, the former Manchester United player is left out of the squad.
But many people were questioning how Wilshere should be on the Eurostar to France given his lack of football:
Jordan Henderson is another player fighting to be fit for the tournament having picked up a knee injury in Liverpool’s draw with Borussia Dortmund at the start of April. However, last week Jurgen Klopp said he would be "ready for England” and it seems as though the Liverpool manager is right with the 25-year-old included.
Another centre-midfielder involved is title-winner Danny Drinkwater. The former Manchester United man was instrumental in the Foxes’ title triumph and has been selected ahead of the likes of Fabian Delph and Mark Noble who have to make do with a place on the standby list.
Despite Jermain Defoe’s 15 Premier League goals this season for Sunderland, he has to make do with a place on the reserves list with Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy getting the nod in the attacking position.
While Defoe will be disappointed to only make the reserves list, Theo Walcott may not even make that if this picture is to be believed. The Arsenal winger has struggled for form this campaign and it seems that he’s blown his chance to be named in Hodgson’s 23-man team.
Of course, we await official confirmation from Hodgson on Thursday but this ‘leak’ has certainly got people talking.
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