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Which Big Name Players Should Be Left Off The Train?

May 24, 2016

- Grant Whittington

Even though we’re now just under 3 weeks away from all the frantic football action kicking off in France there is still time for England players to showcase their skills and impress their manager. The action kicks off on Friday 10th June between hosts France and opponents Romania at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a game that marks the official opening of Euro 2016.

England’s first match will take place the following evening at 8pm against Russia and Roy Hodgson’s side will have to as strong as possible to fend off all their opponents throughout the tournament if they wish to progress and reach that all-elusive final. England have never made it past the semi-final stage and this year the squad is looking more impressive than ever so could it be their ideal opportunity to date to really go for it?

With just two friendly matches remaining it’s up to every England player on the pitch to do their best to make a case to warrant their seat on the plane next month. England’s remaining games prior to the tournament, and their first match against Russia, will see them face off against Australia and potential competition opponents Portugal. With a recent 2-1 win over Turkey, thanks to a double hit of goals from both star strikers Harry Kane and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, there was plenty to play for which didn’t just rely on picking up a good result.

Every player out there would have been keen to put in all the extra leg work to prove themselves ahead of the Euros especially as we’re now just a few days away from manager Roy Hodgson making his final squad decision. Hodgson recently announced his provisional team made up of 26 names but that number will eventually be whittled down to just 23 and they will be the final selection winging their way to France. So these remaining games are what counts and any players currently sitting on the fence in the managers’ eye will need to do something extra special to guarantee their place next month.

There’s already a hard working strike force in place and with all the big names netting goals for their club and country this year it’ll be interesting to see if any of the named strikers will be left at home. Potential injuries aside the player most likely to miss out on a final spot is Manchester United’s 18-year old striker Marcus Rashford. He’ll be making his debut against Australia in the upcoming friendly but with so much competition he’ll certainly have to do something special to overturn the inevitable decision to leave him at home.

The midfield line-up is a little crowded at the moment so it could mean players such as Fabian Delph or Danny Drinkwater may miss out especially if the likes of the more experienced Henderson and Wilshere can find their form. The defensive weaknesses were definitely on show recently against Turkey but whether Bertrand, Cahill, Clyne, Rose, Smalling, Stones or Walker will be missing out on a spot is yet to be seen.

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