Ross Barkley, Andros Townsend, Danny Drinkwater, John Stones and Marcus Rashford
By Alex Varney – @lexvarney
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Roy Hodgson has included Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge in his England squad for this summer’s European Championship, with Andros Townsend and Danny Drinkwater the men to miss out.
The Three Lions boss had to cut three players from his provisional 26-man squad by Tuesday evening.
Hodgson had already confirmed Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph would not travel to France after picking up an injury.
Now, following a two-week training camp and friendly games against Turkey and Australia, he has also decided to omit Drinkwater and Townsend.
Manchester United starlet Rashford is one of five strikers named in the travelling party – continuing the 18-year-old’s stunning rise.
Rashford only made his professional debut in February but has made a stunning impact for United and netted on his international debut against Australia last Friday.
Hodgson has also included Sturridge despite concerns over the Liverpool forward’s fitness.
Sturridge has missed the past two friendly games with a groin problem but resumed training on Monday and is deemed a gamble worth taking.
Ross Barkley’s place had appeared to be under threat after a disappointing end to the season with Everton and a below-par cameo performance against Australia.
But the 22-year-old has been preferred to defensive-minded Leicester star Drinkwater and is one of several central midfield options, along with fit-again duo Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson.
With Hodgson opting to take an abundance of central midfielders – and five strikers – Newcastle winger Townsend also misses out.
England face Portugal in their last warm-up match on Thursday before heading to France to kick off their Euro 2016 campaign.
The Three Lions are in Group B and will take on Russia in their opening game on June 11, before facing Wales on June 16 and Slovakia on 20 June.
England’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).