The sheer anticipation surrounding England’s Euro 2016 selection is quite thrilling for a nation possessed with their football. This would be the first time Three Lions have an exciting bunch of players coming through to make their claim for the national side since their golden generation back in 2004.
Despite all the excitement, Roy Hodgson has been hit Jordan Henderson’s knee injury which might keep him out of the Euros later in the summer. Luke Shaw is another player who is having a race against time to be fit for Euros 2016. Among the available options, Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere remain an injury worry for Hodgson as well.
With all these possibilities there will be a lot of players who must still believe that they could get a late call up for their national team. On that note, we take a look at the top five wildcard picks for England’s Euro 2016 squad.
1. Mark Noble (West Ham United)
Jordan Henderson’s injury must have opened a spot in midfield for Roy Hodgson’s final team selection and there may not be a more dependable player than Mark Noble to fill that void. He has been exceptional for his club this season and will be a trusted man to hold England’s midfield together.
2. John Terry (Chelsea)
This has been admitted by Hodgson himself where he still sees Chelsea skipper as the ideal man to be a leading figure for England’s defense. Not necessarily playing every game, but certainly to be with the squad and to prepare the younger lot ahead of crucial games.
3. Andy Carroll (West Ham)
After his sensational hat-trick against Arsenal, he must get a look-in before Hodsgon names his final squad for the Euro 2016. Carroll is a maverick kind of a player, who on his day is simply unplayable which Arsenal’s defense found out the hard way. Perhaps, England can do with Carroll in a game where nothing is going for them and they can just lump the balls forward and expect him to get on the end of everything possible.
4. Fabian Delph (West Ham)
Another midfield option for Roy Hodgson to consider if Jordan Henderson is not able to make it to the Euros on time. Like Noble, Delph is a steady player who is a dependable option from midfield. His energy and robust game play must make him an option for the England manager to consider.
5. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Now this will be a real story if Marcus Rashford gets picked for Euro 2016 ahead of his more senior counterparts. The 18-year old Man United striker has showed us glimpses of his brilliance and what he can do on a football pitch. Perhaps his youthful and carefree nature could be the wildcard for England at the Euros.