Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Euro 2016: Daniel Sturridge, Danny Drinkwater Omitted From Squad?

Euro 2016: Daniel Sturridge, Danny Drinkwater Omitted From Squad?

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Daniel Sturridge seems sure that he is prepared for this summer’s European Championship after full participation during their Monday training.

The Daily Mail reported that manager Roy Hodgson has to get all of his 25 players to work again in Tuesday before finally deciding who among them will not make it to France. There are reportedly two players who will not make the cut.

The 23 names that Hodgson chooses will be submitted to UEFA by 11 PM, and there is a great chance that Manchester United’s young star Marcus Rashford and Liverpool striker Sturridge will be included on the list.

The players still don’t have any idea, with their manager practicing extraordinary levels of secrecy.  It is still unclear if Hodgson will announce the news after the Watford morning training session or at the team’s headquarters at the Grove Hotel.

Daniel Sturridge missed their 2-1 victory over Australia on Friday due to a calf injury. However, the player is understood to have already been allowed to play by Liverpool and England medical staff. Unfortunately, the players who are most in danger of missing out are Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater, Everton’s Ross Barkley and Newcastle’s Andros Townsend.

From manager Hodgson’s clear frustration with Barkley along with his loss of form towards the season’s end, players and fans have a reason to think that he is one player who will not be playing in France. With Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere proving their physical fitness for the European championship, it could mean a no-go for Drinkwater.

Hodgson is looking to add better midfield options into the team, leaving Drinkwater at a loss for a seat to France. Eric Dier, James Milner and Dele Alli can play in central midfield.

Another player in danger of missing out the championship is Townsend due to his poor performance after getting back from international duty. However, Townsend has English admirers such as Gary Neville, who believes that Townsend has an attacking impact from the bench, the Guardian reported.