Football fans were given the shock of their lives today, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 when the England manager, Roy Hodgson announced his final 23 man squad for the upcoming European Championship, Euro 2016.
The omission of Premiership winning midfielder, Danny Drinkwater is the main talking point however as fans are furious over the Leicester City man’s exclusion.
Alongside Drinkwater, Andros Townsend was also sent home while Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge retained his place despite doubts over his fitness.
Full list of the 23 man England squad
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Fraser Forster (Southampton).
Defenders: John Stones (Everton), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Danny Rose (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), James Milner (Liverpool).
Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham).
Read fan’s reaction on Twitter
If Drinkwater played for Arsenal and Wilshere missed almost the entire season for Leicester, Drinkwater would be going to #Euro2016
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) May 31, 2016
I’d have dropped Wheelchair for Drinkwater anyday.
— Er. Roach (@raulrk) May 31, 2016
How can you drop Drinkwater and keep henderson/Milner/ wilkshere pls? He won the bloody prem! and hes Vardys teammate… No logic 😕
— Osa Daniels. (@ChillzKRIT) May 31, 2016
Henderson over Drinkwater.. Okay then🤔
— Sophie✨ (@sophh__xo) May 31, 2016
Drinkwater – Wins league. Plays nearly every game.
Sturridge – 8 months in hospital.
Wilshere – 1 start all season. pic.twitter.com/h7JMsH1U8l
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) May 31, 2016
Play the season of your life,your team win the league by 10 points and you still get dropped from the England squad #Drinkwater
— Brad Bryant (@BradBryantx) May 31, 2016
Can anybody explain why henderson is given preference over drinkwater??1 was an influential part of winning the PL..what did the other 1 do?
— T-3-D-D-Y (@T3D7DY) May 31, 2016
Drinkwater missing out is the worst decision ever.massively underrated just like carrick.
— Ismail (@ismail2258) May 31, 2016
Just because Drinkwater won the league doesn’t entitle him a place on the plane, harsh reality is that there are better players than him
— ‘ (@GerrardsPrime) May 31, 2016
Can’t get my head around Henderson/Milner over Drinkwater
— Naz (@Nazim_2012) May 31, 2016
What more can Drinkwater actually do to prove himself as a player? He’s achieved the impossible yet is still ignored. Sickening really
— ALS: SAFC FANZINE (@ALS_Fanzine) May 31, 2016
England’s weakness: defence.
Drinkwater: more tackles than any other English player, more ball recoveries than Kante.
Oh, and he’s fit.
— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) May 31, 2016
Can’t believe Danny drinkwater is not in the @England squad 🙈🙈🙈
— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) May 31, 2016
England dropping Drinkwater is proof favouritism is not just an African reality.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) May 31, 2016
How Henderson is in the squad over Drinkwater is beyond me!! Drinkwater wins the Prem, best CM probably in the league over 38 games? 🤔
— Bayan Fenwick (@BayanFenwick35) May 31, 2016
Feel for Drinkwater. Key cog in a side that won PL title by 10pts. Feeder of Vardy. Didn’t show his best form v Oz, but MoM v Holland & FIT.
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) May 31, 2016
90th min of final group game. England need a goal. Vardy makes the run. Drinkwater sits at home and watches as Henderson passes it sideways.
— The Unbelievables (@Unbelievables_) May 31, 2016
France left out Lacazette & Benzema, Spain left out Cazorla, Costa, Torres & Mata and yet England fans fume over Drinkwater 😂
— Emre (@BeastEmre) May 31, 2016
tell you what I’d be seething if I was drinkwater, win a prem title, play every game yet lose out on a place to an injury prone thug
— Jordan Smith (@JordSmithersss) May 31, 2016
Drinkwater may as well retire from International football already. Not going to a tournament after this season, you are never going to go.
— Joshua Pearce (@Pearcey_90) May 31, 2016
A title winning English midfielder at a so called big club would be straight into Euro squad. Drinkwater omission pathetically predictable
— Iain Carter (@iaincartergolf) May 31, 2016