Oxlade-Chamberlain & Theo Walcott have both been included in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad.
Arsenal’s English contingent is larger right now than it has been in previous years, but Gibbs was unlikely to make the cut given the competition from Baines & Cole (as well as his injury lay-off this campaign), and Wilshere is still injured.
Both the Ox and Theo are deployed on the wings, so could be competing with each other for a spot in the first team. However, both have voiced their desires to play more centrally – Walcott as a striker & the Ox as an attacking midfielder. I doubt either of them will be playing centrally in the Euros given the fierce competition for places, but it’s always a possibility.
The rest of the England squad doesn’t throw up any major surprises apart from Downing, Carroll & potentially the keepers. Both of these Liverpool players have had terrible seasons – Downing is a winger who is yet to score or assist. Stats don’t tell you everything, but we have far superior wingers who haven’t been picked, such as Lennon or Johnson. I’d even prefer Joe Cole, who has been playing in Ligue 1 this year, so has been out of the spotlight.
Carroll has picked up his form recently, but has still had a poor season given his price tag and the club he is playing for. With Rooney injured, we could easily see Carroll starting with Defoe, which wouldn’t strike fear into many defences. We have plenty of decent strikers, and these two really shouldn’t have made the cut, in my opinion.
Some big omissions from the squad include Carrick, who has had a decent season, and Richards, who has been excellent for City.
Below is the list of those who made the England squad.
Goalkeepers – Joe Hart, Robert Green, John Ruddy
Defenders – Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, John Terry
Midfielders – Gareth Barry, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young
Strikers – Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck
Standby – Jack Butland, Phil Jagielka, Jordan Henderson, Adam Johnson, Daniel Sturridge
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