Euro 2016 – England Squad

Yesterday saw England manager, Roy Hodgson, name a preliminary 26 man squad ahead of England’s campaign later this summer, with the main talking point being the inclusion of 18 year old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford. Rashford, who is yet to play for his country at senior level, was picked ahead of the likes of Jermain Defoe and Theo Walcott. Phil Jagielka and Mark Noble also missed out, whilst Jack Wilshere (who has played one game all season) was included. With the surprise inclusions in mind, lets take a look at the squad and see how our what chances of success are.

The Squad

Goalkeepers

Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton

Defenders

Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Rose, Nathaniel Clyne.

Midfielders

Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere

Strikers

Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Marcus Rashford

Initial Thoughts

On first glance of the squad, I must say I was worried. However on reflection it is actually quite decent. I am personally happy that Marcus Rashford has been included. Although he is young, he is in great form and is fearless. I can imagine him coming on as a substitute and causing serious problems for opposing teams. Jack Wilshere’s inclusion does puzzle me slightly. I would much rather seen Theo Walcott feature, for his pace if nothing else, and the impact that can have when coming on as a substitute. Apart from that, it looks like an exciting, young squad.

Potential Starting XI Line Up

Lets take a look at the potential starting eleven for our first game, against Russia.

Goalkeeper – Joe Hart
Defence – Danny Rose, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne
Midfield – Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Dele Alli
Strikers – Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy

With a bit of luck…

Hopefully the team do well. From a matched betting point of view, we want them to stay in the competition as long as possible, to provide the most amount of opportunities!