England At The Euros: Who Roy Left Out
May 22, 2016
Team selections can be surprising, frustrating and even baffling at times and before each major international tournament every armchair pundit and footballing expert has to have their two cents about which players they think should be going and which should be staying at home.
With the Euro 2016 competition just around the corner it’s given football fan the opportunity to discuss and argue about which of England’s current finest should be on that plane to France to help lead the side to their first ever Euro win. Whilst most players in the line-up announced in Roy Hodgson’s recent team selection gets a thumbs up from most fans there were plenty left out for one reason or another.
It always seemed as if Arsenal striker Theo Walcott was just one step off from really cracking his international career. Walcott made his first appearance for the senior team a decade ago but he never truly managed to shine as much as he probably should have. This season has already seen his domestic career dwindle to a handful of appearances and most of 2016 sitting on the bench and so any potential seat on the plane for Theo would have been extremely difficult to justify.
Roy Hodgson had his work cut out this year by having to pick and choose the best possible strikeforce he could to take with him to France next month. We already saw Theo Walcott omitted from the line-up and now it was the turn of West Ham’s front man Andy Carroll. Even though Carroll isn’t exactly considered to be one of the most gifted players currently gracing the Premier League standing at 6 foot 4 inches the 27-year-old would have proved a formidable opponent for any defence to take on.
Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka has plenty of England experience but unfortunately the 33-year old is another name that was missing from the team sheet. He’s had yet another solid season for his club and an experienced and sensible head could have been exactly from England’s back line would have been craving. It was his Evertonian teammate John Stones that received the call which is another decision that is very much in keeping with manager Roy Hodgson’s younger, fresher and hopefully more creative side. Hodgson is keen to build a team for the future and he is giving plenty of newcomers with fresh legs the opportunity to prove themselves.