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England announce 23-man Euro 2016 Squad, Drinkwater Axed

England manager Roy Hodgson has made the tough decision of leaving out Danny Drinkwater from his final 23-man Euro 2016 Squad. Fabian Delph and Andres Townsend fail to make the finals squad as well.

However, young sensation Marcus Rashford has made the cut and he will be amongst the FIVE strikers chosen by Roy Hodgson for this summer’s Euro Championship. Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere are also picked despite missing out on most of the games this season.

England’s 23-man Euro 2016 squad


What could have been different?

Hodgson could have gone with an extra wide attacker in Townsend in favor of Sturridge. England already have three strikers (Vardy, Kane, Rashford) with Wayne Rooney available to play from the position as well.

However, Three Lions lack the natural width in their ranks. Raheem Sterling had an average season with Manchester City with Adam Lallana being the only other viable option. James Milner can fill the role but is not a natural wide player.

That is where, England could struggle if Sterling or Lallana pick up an injury at the Euros. In Townsend, Hodgson could have picked a natural winger who knows nothing but to go past defenders and put telling crosses in. Instead, he picked Sturridge who is not even guaranteed to start the games in France.

What about the balance of squad?

On the whole, it looks good as England will have at least two players for each position. John Stones will be key because if he clicks, England’s defense would have a proper balance at the Euros.

He has been criticized for overplaying in dangerous situations, but when he gets his acts right, he often comes out as a fine central defender. Full-backs are really good and dynamic for England, who can break at pace and defend with ease.

Midfield and striking options for England

It depends on where Wayne Rooney is elected to start for England. If he drops in to the midfield role, we may see Alli-Dier-Rooney combination in center with Lallana-Sterling-Kane operating at the top end.

Impact players from Roy Hodgson

That is where Rashford, Vardy and Sturridge will come in handy. Their pace and ability to score goals will give England the edge over other teams as they will be scared and envious of the options Hodgson can choose from the bench at the upcoming Euro 2016.