Gibbs misses England call-up…as he is on holiday

Date published: Tuesday 29th March 2016 9:18

Kieran Gibbs: Defender missed chance to add to 10 caps

Kieran Gibbs has missed out on a chance to impress Roy Hodgson ahead of Euro 2016 as he is on holiday in America.

England boss Hodgson wanted to call-up Arsenal left-back Gibbs after Ryan Bertrand had to pull out of the squad through injury.

Tottenham’s Danny Rose, who impressed on his debut in the 3-2 win at Germany, remains Hodgson’s only recognised option on the left side of defence.

The England camp were aware they would not be able to call upon the services of Southampton’s Bertrand early last week, but only contacted Gibbs over the weekend, by which time he had already left the country having been given time off by Arsene Wenger.

Rose will now have a chance to further stake his claim to be on the flight to France in the summer when England take on Holland at Wembley on Tuesday night.

The missed opportunity could be a huge blow to Gibbs’ chances of making the final squad for the European Championships.

The 26-year-old is battling with Rose, Bertrand and Everton’s Leighton Baines for one of two expected left-back spots.

Hodgson has also stated that Manchester United’s Luke Shaw remains in contention, despite the 20-year-old currently recovering from a broken leg which has kept him sidelined for the majority of the season.

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