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Gary Neville Reveals Why Danny Drinkwater Was Overlooked At Euro 2016

Gary Neville Reveals Why Danny Drinkwater Was Overlooked At Euro 2016

Gary Neville has revealed the thinking behind leaving Danny Drinkwater out of the England squad for Euro 2016.

Drinkwater, despite playing a key role in Leicester City's surprise Premier League title win, did not make Roy Hodgson's squad - much to the surprise of many England fans.

And Neville, who was assistant manager at the time, has revealed the reason for Drinkwater's omission and it involves Jack Wilshere, who hadn't even played a full 90 minutes of football. He also talked about Mark Noble, who also missed out.

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Speaking to TalkSPORT, he said:

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"We didn't pick Mark Noble, even though he might have been in better form than Ross Barkley, because we invested in Ross Barkley. He was our man, he was the person who was the most talented player. We didn't pick Danny Drinkwater over Jack Wilshere because we had faith in the ability of Jack Wilshere.

"That's not to say no-one can break in, but when you go down the route of investing in John Stones, you can't then pick Phil Jagielka over John Stones for the tournament. You have to invest in John Stones, even though Phil Jagielka might be in better form."

Would Drinkwater have made a difference in England's shambolic Euro 2016 campaign? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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(h/t TalkSPORT)

Topics: Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere, England, Gary Neville

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