Pundit names England squad without any Arsenal stars

Date published: Thursday 17th March 2016 10:38

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Former Liverpool player Phil Thompson has picked his 23-man England squad for Euro 2016 and has not selected one Arsenal star.

The Sky Sports pundit, whether biased or not, believes that none of Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere are deserving of a place in Roy Hodgson’s party for France.

Hodgson will make his England squad announcement on Thursday as the Three Lions take on Germany and the Netherlands at the end of the month.

“The big decision for me would be Sturridge or Walcott as both have been injured and offer you different things, but I’d have to side with Sturidge because of his ability to decide games.

“The next few months are obviously going to be crucial and both Liverpool and England will be hoping his injuries are now behind him and that he’ll go from strength to strength,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“The other real area of contention for me is at left-back. Baines has missed most of the season as has struggled to show he deserves a place ahead of Ryan Bertrand and Danny Rose since returning for Everton.

“Bertrand has probably been the most consistent left-back over the last two seasons for Southampton, while Rose gets in based on the superb season he’s having with Tottenham.

“Delph is another one that has been in a lot Hodgson’s squads because of the energy he brings in midfield, but I’d prefer Michael Carrick.”

Thompson’s 23-man squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Hart, Butland, Forster

Defenders: Clyne, Walker, Rose, Bertrand, Stones, Smalling, Cahill, Jagielka

Midfielders: Henderson, Milner, Barkley, Alli, Lallana, Dier, Carrick, Sterling

Forwards: Kane, Vardy, Sturridge, Rooney


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