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TheSPORTbible Selects: We Pick Our England Squads For Euro 2016

TheSPORTbible Selects: We Pick Our England Squads For Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson may have delayed announcing his England squad for the European Championships until Monday, but here at TheSPORTbible we've literally got nothing better to do than shout at each other about who's squad is better, so we went ahead and beat Roy to the punch.

There are, of course, several factors to take into account when selecting 23 players to take on the plane to France, next month. As we've seen at so many tournaments in the past, it's not always skill, ability and form that decide where the trophy ends up. Experience and attitude are also key when constructing a squad of potential winners. Think of the Netherlands squad of 2012 with Robben, Van Persie and Sneijder who crashed out without earning so much as a point or Spain likewise not making it past the group stage in 2004 despite having Fernando Torres, Morientes, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Carles Puyol, Iker Casillas and Raul at their disposal.

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Spain Euro 2004
Spain Euro 2004

Fortunately, England have been blessed with a plethora of young, hungry talent ahead of Euro 2016 with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier all enjoying the best season of their careers this term while (athough not young) Jamie Vardy's meteoric rise from non league to Premier League champion is likewise a reason to be excited. The defence is a disaster and no one knows quite where captain and all time leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney fits into all of this,but let's just ignore those problems and be overjoyed that there's no longer a discussion about how to fit Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard into the same midfield.

Gerrard Lampard
Gerrard Lampard

So, after all that had been taken into consideration, several questions remained; Does Jack Wilshere deserve a place on the plane? Two up top or Alli in behind Kane? Is there any point taking eight defenders? And what of Jermain Defoe and his 18 goals in 33 games for Sunderland, this season? Also, who's likely to send all these best laid plans into a tailspin by getting themselves injured on the eve of the tournament?

Anyway, somehow we managed to stop barking at each other about Jack Wilshere's legs being made of breadsticks long enough to construct a decent series of squads:

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Jack Kenmare (@jackkenmare_)

Goalkeepers: Hart, Forster, Heaton

Defenders: Clyne, Walker, Rose, Bertrand, Stones, Smalling, Cahill

Midfielders: Dier, Alli, Barkley, Sterling, Henderson, Lallana, Drinkwater, Milner

Forwards: Rooney, Sturridge, Vardy, Kane, Defoe

Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe

Nasir Jabbar (@NasJabbar)

Goalkeepers: Hart, Forster, Heaton

Defenders: Clyne, Walker, Rose, Bertrand, Smalling, Cahill, Stones, Jagielka

Midfielders: Dier, Alli, Henderson, Barkley, Lallana, Milner, Sterling

Forwards: Rooney, Kane, Vardy, Sturridge, Carroll

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll

Ryan Sidle (@Sidler28)

Goalkeepers: Hart, Forster, Darlow

Defenders: Clyne, Walker, Smalling, Cahill, Stones, Bertrand, Rose

Midfielders: Milner, Dier, Alli, Drinkwater, Barkley, Lallana, Sterling, Albrighton

Forwards: Rooney, Vardy, Kane, Sturridge, Rashford

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

James Parrott (@JamesParrott10)

Goalkeepers: Hart, Forster, Heaton

Defenders: Clyne, Walker, Stones, Jagielka, Cahill, Smalling, Rose, Bertrand

Midfielders: Wilshere, Alli, Barkley, Sterling, Dier, Lallana, Drinkwater

Forwards: Kane, Rooney, Vardy, Sturridge, Defoe

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere

Joe Baiamonte (@JoeBaia) - EURO '96 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION

Goalkeepers: Seaman, Flowers, Walker

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Defenders: Pearce, G.Neville, Adams, Southgate, Howey, Campbell, P.Neville

Midfielders: Gascoigne, Ince, Anderton, Platt, Redknapp, Barmby, Stone, McManaman

Forwards: Shearer, Sheringham, Fowler, Ferdinand

England Euro 96
England Euro 96

Paddy Hill (@paddyhill18)

Goalkeepers: Hart, Forster, Heaton

Defenders: Clyne, Walker, Smalling, Cahill, Stones, Jagielka, Rose, Cresswell

Midfielders: Dier, Alli, Drinkwater, Milner, Wilshere, Lallana, Sterling, Walcott

Forwards: Vardy, Kane, Sturridge, Gestede (He's not English, I just fucking love him!)

Rudy Gestede
Rudy Gestede

Mark Whitehead (@MarkyWhitehead)

Goalkeepers: Hart, Forster, Foster

Defenders: Clyne, Walker, Rose, Bertrand, Stones, Smalling, Cahill

Midfielders: Dier, Alli, Barkley, Sterling, Wilshere, Lallana, Drinkwater, Walcott, Milner

Forwards: Sturridge, Vardy, Kane, Rooney

Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott

Macaulay Fletcher (@Macaullay95)

Goalkeepers: Hart, Forster, Heaton

Defenders: Smalling, Stones, Cahill, Rose, Clyne, Bertrand, Walker.

Midfielders: Alli, Dier, Barkey, Milner, Drinkwater, Sterling, Lallana, Henderson

Forwards: EMILE HESKEY, Kane, Vardy, Sturridge, Defoe

Emile Heskey
Emile Heskey

Who's squad would serve England best in France this Summer? (COUGHJOE'SCOUGH). Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics: Euro 2016, Football, England

Joe Baiamonte

Northerner. Assistant Editor of SPORTbible. Studied Journalism and Broadcasting in a portakabin on a car park of Salford University for three years. Believes football peaked with Serie A in the '90s and strong-arms pro wrestling references into as many articles as possible. Neymar once took 50 euros off me during a game of poker.

 

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