I just arrived at my hotel in Charlotte after travelling this morning from Raleigh – and I see that Andros Townsend has missed out on that England place for Euro 2016.
It’s really unfortunate that Andros missed out and he has to be considered a little unlucky, but there again at the beginning of the year he had no chance, until he joined Newcastle.
So hopefully Andros will be willing to stay with us down below in the second division for a year – and he can become a real star player on Tyneside and play for the England side in the future.
Andros Townsend – talking to Rafa Benitez
Danny Drinkwater and Andros are the two to be cut with Fabian Delph already ruled out with an injury so we will not be seeing a Newcastle man playing for England in France this summer – that’s a pity.
The pundits got it right since they were the two players mentioned most yesterday as the two likely to miss out.
It was hardly surprising that young exciting striker Marcus Rashford made it, but it’s a risk with Daniel Sturridge, simply because of his poor injury record.
And Jack Wilshire hasn’t played all season for Arsenal, so there has to be doubts about his match fitness – not sure he’s that good to be included in the squad after missing the whole season through injury.
Here’s the full England squad:
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).