Roy Hodgson is predicted to leave Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of England’s Euro 2016 squad. Here’s why this could be a mistake.
Walcott and the Ox have been disappointing for Arsenal this season; there’s no doubt about that. Although injuries are one excuse as to why they’ve not had enough time to make any real impact on the squad, it doesn’t negate the fact that when they have been handed the chance, they’ve failed to perform.
Both are frustrating to watch and it’s this failure to reach their potential, which has chins wagging about their inclusion in the England squad set to travel to France for Euro 2016. In fact, the media are claiming that Hodgson won’t bring them at all.
This, in my opinion, could be a mistake.
Looking at the other England wingers (because let’s face it, with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane being in form, Theo’s not going to get a sniff at playing up front), the squad looks a little thin without the two England men. Welbeck’s only just returned, Sturridge is injury-prone and relying on the likes of Zaha would be a gamble. I’m not saying they deserve starting positions but Theo in particular deserves the chance to represent his country again given his age.