Roy Hodgson made a mistake excluding Jermain Defoe from England squad

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Roy Hodsgon named five forwards in his provisional squad for Euro 2016 in the shape of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and young Marcus Rashford.

There was much talk before the selection was announced that Jermain Defoe would make the provisional squad, however, he didn't quite make it.

There can be no arguments with the selection of Kane or Vardy. The Spurs man had a superb season, helping them to finish third in the league whilst claiming the Golden Boot for himself.


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Vardy led the line for Leicester as they shocked the world and won their first ever Premier League title. The Foxes star finished one goal behind Kane in the race for the Golden Boot, and he broke Ruud van Nistelrooy's 12-year record in the process by scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.

The two Manchester United forwards Rooney and Rashford have had quite contrasting seasons.

Rooney has been nowhere near his best this season and has recently found himself deployed in central midfield. There will be a question mark in what position will the England captain play in this summer's tournament.

Rashford on the other hand is still only 18, but has found himself in the starting line up at Old Trafford in recent months, scoring a few goals in the process. He scored within three minutes of his England debut in a friendly against Australia, but the question on everyone's mind will be is he ready to play in a major international tournament.

It does bring back memories of the World Cup in 2006 when Sven-Goran Eriksson selected a 17-year-old Theo Walcott, who never even got on the pitch.

Daniel Sturridge once again has spent most of his time this season on the sidelines as his injury woes appear to continue.

He has managed to regain his fitness towards the end of the season and has worked himself in to Roy's squad, but has suffered a slight calf problem in the last few days during training, which meant he missed out on the friendly with Australia. The question has to be, can England rely on someone who has had so many injury problems.

Then there is the man that never made it, and how he didn't make the squad, is borderline unbelievable.

Jermain Defoe scored 15 Premier League goals for Sunderland, a team battling against relegation. He finished as the league's third highest English goal scorer, with only Kane and Vardy ahead of him.

11 of his goals have come since January, so he is a player in red-hot form. Although he may be 33, he is no way showing signs of a decline in his ability. He also has the experience playing in major international tournaments for England, which many of the selected forwards lack.

It appears that Hodgson would rather select players out of form, inexperienced and susceptible to injury, than a proven goal scorer on form with international experience.

With Euro 2016 set to kick off in less than two weeks, only time will tell whether he has made the right decision or not.

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