West Ham quartet should have been included in England squad

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Following England's embarrassing exit from Euro 2016, questions are being asked regarding Roy Hodgson's squad selection.

Why was an unfit Jack Wilshere included? Why did he only take one out-and-out winger? Why was an 18-year-old Marcus Rashford picked if he was only going to play a few minutes?

Hodgson chose to take five strikers, although Wayne Rooney was actually deployed as a midfielder throughout the tournament. The other four strikers were all very similar in style, with no variation available should the need to change tactics arise - the perfect example being Monday night against Iceland.


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With West Ham performing so well last season, there were calls for Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell, Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll to be included in the squad. They were, however, bypassed for more renowned names. Hodgson once again picked a squad on reputation rather than form, and it cost him dearly.

Carroll would have been the perfect player to bring on last night, but the problem was, there were no wingers available to provide any width or ammunition. Antonio's eight goals and three assists in the Premier League for the Hammers were surely deserving of at least a chance, were they not?

While Danny Rose didn't do anything wrong in France, it is hard to argue that he excelled. Like most of his teammates, his delivery was extremely poor and with a lack of natural wingers, he was one of our two main hopes of providing crosses into the box.

Cresswell has a great technique and a flat, penetrating delivery which could have caused the opposing teams all sorts of problems. He wouldn't necessarily be a starter but surely he could have offered something different to Ryan Bertrand.

The main failure of the England team on Monday was their inability to play a simple pass to feet. Their ball retention was almost farcical at times and who would have been better at steadying that sinking ship than Mark Noble?

One of the most consistent passers of the ball in the Premier League, and an extremely calming influence. He would have been ideal to sit at the base of the midfield three and orchestrate proceedings.

There are many issues that have arisen from the way the national team is run, but one that has to be addressed is how the squad is selected in future.

Players must be picked on form, not on what they have achieved in the past at club level.

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