Who is in and who is out for Euro 2016

The Tele­graph team pick their squads for France

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Paul Hay­ward

Danny Wel­beck’s in­jury is a late blow and Roy Hodg­son can now re­strict him­self to four for­wards and look to strike the right bal­ance in mid­field. To take Jor­dan Hen­der­son af­ter such a long ab­sence would be a gam­ble, given Hodg­son’s lik­ing for Jack Wil­shere (an­other to have re­turned only re­cently), so Danny Drinkwa­ter must go, at the very least as back-up to Eric Dier. James Mil­ner is no cham­pi­onship starter but can cover most po­si­tions. Adam Lal­lana, Ross Barkley, Ra­heem Ster­ling and Dele Alli are the best op­tions in the at­tack­ing ar­eas. Cen­tre-half is Hodg­son’s big con­cern. On re­cent form, there is no case for in­clud­ing John Stones, but the hope must be that Hodg­son and Gary Neville can strip his mind of all the bad habits he has de­vel­oped. Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling are the ob­vi­ous starters, with Phil Jagielka as back-up if Stones fails to de­liver. The front four are Hodg­son’s great­est strength. Daniel Stur­ridge was great against Vil­lar­real and Jamie Vardy is in­de­fati­ga­ble. Tot­ten­ham’s Harry Kane may need lift­ing but his tal­ent and en­thu­si­asm should kick in.

Sam Wal­lace

The first big de­ci­sion would be to leave out Kyle Walker, but there is cover for Nathaniel Clyne at right-back with John Stones and even Chris Smalling. Eric Dier can also play cen­tre-back and Hodg­son needs to save a place to take five strik­ers. I would risk Jack Wil­shere be­cause he gives some­thing dif­fer­ent. But Roy Hodg­son can­not af­ford to take two re­cently in­jured play­ers, so Jor­dan Hen­der­son misses out. Danny Drinkwa­ter de­serves to go ahead of Fabian Delph. The mid­field choices are weighted in favour of more cen­trally fo­cused play­ers but I would ex­pect Hodg­son to use Danny Wel­beck, Jamie Vardy and pos­si­bly even Daniel Stur­ridge in the wide at­tack­ing po­si­tions. No place for Theo Wal­cott. He will have known that the pres­sure was on to de­liver and he has not done enough. An­dros Townsend also gets a men­tion as his club form has been ex­cel­lent. I would ex­pect both to be on standby, along with Hen­der­son, Delph, Fraser Forster, Michael Carrick and Jer­main De­foe. The squad seems thinnest at cen­tre-back, with Phil Jones due a callup if in­juries strike.

Ja­son Burt

Eng­land’s start­ing XI is fairly set­tled, al­though Jack Wil­shere would war­rant a place in it when fully fit. But he has not played enough this sea­son, so should miss out. Given a man­ager should not need 23 play­ers, there is an ar­gu­ment for tak­ing him, but there are oth­ers with stronger cases who of­fer some­thing else. I do not be­lieve in the ar­gu­ment that you have to take play­ers with tour­na­ment ex­pe­ri­ence or that play­ers de­serve to go through loy­alty or be­cause they have ‘not let the coun­try down’. Decades of se­rial fail­ure show that to be non­sense. So there should be room for some wild cards, play­ers in form who are also strong char­ac­ters and would, cru­cially, fit in eas­ily. Eng­land have a young squad, so a cou­ple of older play­ers with dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence would add to it. For those rea­sons I would in­clude West Ham cap­tain Mark No­ble, a leader and a fine mid­fielder, and Sun­der­land striker Jer­main De­foe, who has found a new lease of life this sea­son and of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent as an at­tack­ing op­tion. If Jor­dan Hen­der­son is not fully fit he, too, should be left out. There are enough op­tions.

Jeremy Wil­son

It is a gam­ble to take only one spe­cial­ist right-back – and Kyle Walker would be un­for­tu­nate to miss out – but Chris Smalling could also cover that po­si­tion and Eric Dier of­fers an ad­di­tional cen­tre­back pos­si­bil­ity. The left-backs, Danny Rose and Ryan Ber­trand, both also have added ex­pe­ri­ence in a left­sided at­tack­ing role. Jack Wil­shere is al­most cer­tain to be in­cluded, but James Mil­ner and Danny Drinkwa­ter have been more re­li­able and ef­fec­tive over the past 18 months. Michael Carrick re­mains the best back-up in the hold­ing-mid­field role that should be filled by Dier. Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Adam Lal­lana and Ra­heem Ster­ling pro­vide dif­fer­ent op­tions among the of­fen­sive mid­field­ers and, in Wayne Rooney and Theo Wal­cott, Eng­land would also have strik­ers who could play in a deeper or wider role. Daniel Stur­ridge, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane are ob­vi­ous se­lec­tions but the in­jury to Danny Wel­beck should open a door for Theo Wal­cott. Most op­po­si­tion de­fences would still be hap­pier not to see him on the bench.

Matt Law

Wayne Rooney has in­di­cated a will­ing­ness to start out wide or in mid­field for Eng­land — and I would take him up on that op­tion. I list the cap­tain among my mid­field­ers in­stead of Jor­dan Hen­der­son, who has been out through in­jury. I be­lieve Rooney would be a far more ef­fec­tive op­tion start­ing in ei­ther a three-man mid­field or as one of the wide for­wards. That al­lows me to pick both An­dros Townsend and Theo Wal­cott, who can make an im­pact off the sub­sti­tutes’ bench and of­fer Roy Hodg­son dif­fer­ent op­tions. There is no place for James Mil­ner, as Townsend and Wal­cott can both play on the right, while there are enough cen­tral op­tions to leave out the Liver­pool mid­fielder. At the back, I have in­cluded Phil Jagielka and in­stead dropped Nathaniel Clyne, be­cause there are enough play­ers who can cover right-back if Kyle Walker picks up an in­jury or sus­pen­sion. Aaron Cresswell gets the nod as my sec­ond­choice left-back, thanks to his su­perb form for West Ham. I would in­clude Clyne, Hen­der­son, Mil­ner, Jer­main De­foe and Leighton Baines on my standby list in case of any late in­juries.

Harry Red­knapp

Aaron Cresswell’s form has been ex­cel­lent and mer­its a left-back place with Danny Rose. Eric Dier is the out­stand­ing hold­ing mid­fielder but I still rate Michael Carrick highly and would take him. Mark No­ble is close but I un­der­stand why Roy Hodg­son seems to be in­clined to gam­ble on the fit­ness of Jack Wil­shere, who can play that hold­ing role but also break for­ward. James Mil­ner’s ver­sa­til­ity is valu­able and he has had a good sea­son at Liver­pool, al­though I would have Dele Alli start­ing with Dier. I am also a big fan of Ross Barkley and I think that An­dros Townsend is worth in­clud­ing be­cause he gives you gen­uine width. I would take him ahead of Theo Wal­cott. Ra­heem Ster­ling can play in dif­fer­ent at­tack­ing po­si­tions and the four main strik­ers largely pick them­selves. Wayne Rooney still has a lot to of­fer and Daniel Stur­ridge could be used wide as well as cen­trally in a team with Harry Kane or Jamie Vardy through the mid­dle. I think this squad has a good bal­ance and plenty of goals in it. I don’t see why we can’t win this tour­na­ment.

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