Roy Hodgson has announced his provisional 26-man England squad for Euro 2016,with relegated Newcastle winger Andros Townsend and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford the shock inclusions.
Townsend is a favourite of Hodgson’s and would have gone to the World Cup in 2014 had it not been for an injury he picked up in the build-up to the tournament.
The 24-year-old joined Newcastle from Spurs in January and has flourished under Rafa Benitez, scoring three times and notching two assists in his last eight Premier League appearances of the season.
Rashford, the 18-year-old Manchester United striker, has been given the nod ahead of Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe, whose 15 Premier League goals this season haven’t been enough to earn him a place.
Also in the squad is midfielder Jack Wilshere, who Hodgson has deemed to have sufficiently proved his fitness after missing the first eight months of the season with a broken leg.
Experienced players Joe Hart, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, James Milner and Wayne Rooney have been included.
Hodgson has also put his faith in youth, with John Stones, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane getting the nod.
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is the most notable omission following a disappointing season with the Gunners.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick also misses out, as does Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka.
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton
Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand
Midfielders: Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere
Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford