Five England players unlucky to miss Euro 2016

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England are going to France on the back of three wins from three international friendlies, everyone should be happy, right? No.

The performances against Turkey, Australia and a depleted Portugal have left much to be desired and have left a large portion of the English population worried about the Euro 2016 campaign. 

Roy Hodgson has created many of his own problems by trying to play different formations to try and fit all his best players into the squad, which is understandable to a degree, however, playing them out of position is rendering them useless and begs the question as to why certain players have been picked.


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Wayne Rooney playing on the wing, defensive midfield, attacking midfield and up front all in one game is proof that Hodgson does not know his strongest XI or where they should play. 

Basing on the fact that even Hodgson doesn't know his own formation, we are going to use the most common 4-2-3-1 as a base and look at some players who could be feeling unfortunate to miss out on a place in the final 23. 

Jermaine Defoe

As a rule, if you play more and score more than another player, you will be looked upon higher than that other person. In this case, however, it was the opposite.

Somehow, a striker who is known to score goals in difficult circumstances, Defoe didn't even make the provisional England squad.

The Sunderland striker scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season, in a team that were almost relegated. Considering their next top goalscorer was the left-back, Patrick van Aanholt with four, that's some achievement from the veteran.

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However, both Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford have got the nod over him. Sturridge being the crazier option considering he spent eight months of the season on crutches. 

Danny Drinkwater

Premier League winner Danny Drinkwater made the provisional squad but was dropped and made way for the likes of Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana.

Being part of a side that are now called the champions of England, and playing 35 of the 38 games this season, you would have thought he would be a guarantee.


He could give a little more in the defensive midfield zone, as Wilshere is unreliable with injuries and Henderson just coming back from a long-term injury.

The lack of depth in that area could have done with someone like Drinkwater to steady the ship, and based on this season, he definitely deserves a spot.

Mark Noble

Many people argued that this may have been England's biggest mystery.

Mark Noble, the West Ham United midfielder, has had a wonderful season. He plays with a passion that most England players have lost and could have brought some of that to the current squad.

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Similarly with Drinkwater, he could have provided more in the defensive area of midfield, however, his passion sometimes does bubble over and can sometimes prove costly with suspensions.

Would he have been worth the risk? 

Michail Antonio

What a season this man has had. Can play on the wing or at full back, and came second in West Ham's Player of the Year, behind the immense Dimitri Payet.

Antonio didn't really come close to a call up by all reports, but surely should have been. Playing in the correct position on the right hand side of the front three would remove Rooney's influence there and give him more of a chance in the number 10 role.

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The problem would be, who would be replaced? Considering there are five strikers in the squad, one of them may have said goodbye. Sturridge or Rashford perhaps?

Andy Carroll

Another West Ham player who came with a late charge for selection. Andy Carroll is one of the greatest in the air in English football. He can beat anyone in the air and always creates a chance when the ball is in the box.

However, with his injury problems throughout the season, the late form of the striker was not considered by Roy Hodgson and he missed out.

He doesn't bring quite as much as Harry Kane, but does a similar job in the air. Carroll could have been useful for England when losing and route-one football is needed.

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