Which Manchester United players should Roy Hodgson take to Euro 2016?

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Manchester United have endured a disappointing campaign by their high standards yet they still have a chance of finishing in the top four and an FA Cup final to look forward to on May 21.

Another important date awaits a select few players at Old Trafford, though: May 31.

With Euro 2016 fast approaching, Roy Hodgson will soon announce the 23-man squad he wants to take to France - but what United players should he opt for?


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Smalling has become a leader at the heart of the Red Devils' defence this season, playing 48 games thus far and becoming one of the Premier League's best centre-backs.

The 26-year-old is strong, quick, dominant in the air, aggressive and improving on the ball, all of which could play a vital role in England's prospects.

His fantastic campaign was deservedly recognised when he was named United's Players’ Player of the Year last week, and it's without question that he'll be Hodgson's first choice centre-half.


Not only has Rooney captained England for nearly two years but he also became the country’s all-time record goalscorer in September with a penalty against Switzerland.

With the exception of Euro 2004, the 30-year-old's performances in major tournaments have been poor, so he'll be desperate to make an impact in France.

Since returning from injury, Rooney has been deployed in a deep-lying playmaker role by United manager Louis van Gaal and it seems his future lies there.

Alongside his creativity, experience and work rate, England's captain still has the desire to get forward and could chip in with a few goals to help the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. He still has an important role to play.


He might turn 35 in July but Carrick is still arguably United's finest midfielder.

The former West Ham youngster wasn't called up to the last England squad, but the experience and calming influence he provides in the middle of the park could be pivotal in what will likely be a young side.

Unlike Smalling and Rooney, Carrick isn’t an absolute certainty to be on the plane to France. However, his wonderful passing range and ability to control games could allow England’s exciting youngsters the freedom to express themselves and play without fear.


Luke Shaw is close to making his long-awaited comeback after nearly eight months out, but this summer’s tournament may come too soon for the 20-year-old.

Elsewhere, the injury-hit Phil Jones and Ashley Young haven't played nearly enough football to warrant a place in Hodgson's squad.

Where Jesse Lingard and teenage sensation Marcus Rashford are concerned, they might have broken into United's first team but they remain too far down the pecking order to be considered.

That said, expect to see the exciting pair to feature in the build up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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