Ahead of the deadline to submit final squads for Euro 2016, there was some speculation that a surprise or two could be in store for Liverpool’s representitives. Would Daniel Sturridge, nursing a fresh knock, be left out of the squad? Would Jordan Henderson, coming off an injury-plagued and inconsistent season, make the cut?
In the end, though, Liverpool’s five potential representatives who had been named to the preliminary squad all made the final cut as Roy Hodgson whittled his selection down to 23 from the original 26, dropping Fabian Delph, Andros Townsend, and Danny Drinkwater. Of those three, Drinkwater’s omission is the only real surprise in today’s announcement.
Many thought Drinkwater was a contender to start at the Euros, but it appears a recent return to action for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere meant the Leicester City midfielder was no longer in Roy Hodgson’s starting plans and instead the England manager sought to stock his bench with attacking options—including both Sturridge and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.
Along with Sturridge and Henderson, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, and James Milner also made the squad. Speculation by those close to the England camp has suggested that Clyne and Lallana are the most likely to start amongst Liverpool’s five included players. England will kick off their Euro 2016 campaign on June 11th against Russia.
England squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)