I hate Roy Hodgson, I’ve decided. The latest England squad has just been announced for the EURO 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland and I am, frankly, disgusted. I am utterly disgusted as to how this man can still justify his squad selection especially now with the following players now in the England fold: Jamie Vardy, Ryan Mason, Tom Heaton, Harry Kane.
For me, Roy cannot continue after the Euros next year regardless if we somehow go and win the whole thing. England could beat Germany in the final on penalties and then Roy could go and teabag Joachim Loew with David Beckham stood in the background fighting dragons with his sword (no, not that one), and he’d still have to go.
Look, the point is that these players just do not deserve to be in the national side. Regardless of the opposition, players like Jamie Vardy (1 goal) and Harry Kane (0 goals) should not be in the team. But why are they in the team? Oh yeah the old chestnut of “yeah but they play for a good club and are tried and tested at international level.”
Harry Kane is hardly tried and tested at senior international level. 2 games and 1 goal against Lithuania wasn’t it? Jamie Vardy: what has he ever done at international level? 1 appearance, no goals. Yes it’s a fair point to say we need to give them time to make an impact on the national side, but when these players are consistently underperforming for their club side, what kind of message does that send?
How are we ever going to progress as a national team back to the standard of 2002 where we should have won that World Cup. That is the best chance we’ve had since 1990 and probably the best we will have for another 20 years. How will we progress if we don’t call up the best and most in-form players for England?
Take Callum Wilson at Bournemouth for example. Even though I dislike them as a club (that’s for another blog post) you can’t deny that some of their players have massive potential and deserve a lot more. Wilson has been in inspired form since the start of the Premier League season and has scored 4 goals in 4 games! Now if that doesn’t merit at least a call-up (not necessarily an appearance) then what does? 10 goals in 3 games?
Naturally, England fans took to Twitter to voice their discontent at the squad announcement:
Fabian Delph in the England squad after playing marginally more minutes for Man City this season than me. #HodgsonOut
— Mark Hill (@Hilly3012) August 30, 2015
If we didn’t have Rooney look at our strike force..Walcott can’t finish, Vardy will run but he’s not clinical and kane=one season wonder
— luke (@_Luke_17) August 30, 2015
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) August 30, 2015
Harry Kane: 4 PL apps 0 goals Wayne Rooney: 4 PL apps 0 goals Callum Wilson: 4 apps 4 goals No wonder we are shit #HodgsonOut
— Daniel Betty (@danielbetty7) August 30, 2015
So yes, there’s a lot of players who don’t deserve their places but who could replace them. Well here’s a look at just 4 of them who shouldn’t be in the team and I’ve picked out someone who could’ve taken their place…
1) Harry Kane – After a stunning season last year, Kane has struggled to get going at the start of this and is yet to register a goal in the new campaign. Charlie Austin is in great form for QPR and would have been a better option if the squad is based on form rather than reputation.
2) Ryan Mason – It’s no secret of Spurs have lacked creativity in their games so far this season and Mason’s place in the squad could have gone to Jason Puncheon, who has impressed many in the past six months for Crystal Palace.
3) Kieran Gibbs – The left-back is being kept out of the Arsenal side by Nacho Monreal and hasn’t done anything to warrant a call-up to the latest squad. This one is a difficult one to pick a replacement for but for me, Aaron Cresswell from West Ham United deserves a look in for his consistent performances for the Hammers this season.
4) Fabian Delph – The new Manchester City midfielder has been reduced to just 17 minutes of first-team football since arriving from Aston Villa earlier in the summer and would have been better off sitting out the double-header. For me, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse should be in ahead of Delph, the lad has got frightening ability for his age and can develop into so much more.
Let me know what you think! Is this one of the weakest England squads that we’ve ever seen? I certainly think so…
Kelsey De Maria