One-in two-out for Arsenal in England provisional squad

Roy Hodgson has revealed his provisional squad of 26 players for the upcoming European Championships, and has taken only one Arsenal star.

England travel to France early next month for Euro 2016, with Wales, Russia and Slovakia to overcome in their group stages. They will warm-up for the competition with friendlies against Turkey and Australia before confirming their final 23 players, and then will take on Portugal in the final warm-up following the announcement of their squad in the first week of June.

Danny Welbeck was firmly expected to be given a starting place in England’s side this summer, but unfortunately picked up a nine-month injury in the last couple of weeks, and will come as a huge blow to the side.

Theo Walcott was a regular in the England team which went through the qualification phase unbeaten, and will now also miss out having endured a lacklustre six-months of football.

Jack Wilshere is the only Gunner to make it into the initial squad, but can still also miss out with the squad needing to be reduced to 23 players over the next few weeks.

Full provisional 26-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle United), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

Wilshere looks like he will get his chance to prove his fitness in the upcoming friendlies, and I have no doubt that he will seal a place on the plane should he escape injury-free.

Did Walcott deserve a place in the provisional squad for his previous appearances with England in the group stages?

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  1. The answer to your last question is No Walcott did not deserve to be in the squad at all. He only has him self to blame as he has not performed or improved as a soccer player. He is frustrating to watch.

    Watch ArsenalTV its sad to hear people think so little of a guy that has been 10 years at Arsenal. But I have to agree with them he is not Arsenal quality and im afraid at this rate of improving might never be. I mean his 27 already and cant even dribble or control a ball.

    Time to sell and invest in a finshed product.

    1. Oh sorry I forgot and earns 140k a week. That is crazy money for a player that doesnt give much in return.

      1. I’m kind of sorry for Walcott…but he only has himself to blame.
        Only if this was a provisional team for 100m sprint…as that seems to be the only thing he’s best at these days.

      2. Walcott is dead weight. He doesn’t deserve to represent England or Arsenal. The little princess is happy with his huge wages and his posh lifestyle however.

        Why is he still on the squad Arsene?

    2. Walcott is just a sprinter I’ve never seen someone run and leave the ball behind as much as he does on the football pitch

    1. Actually it will take a week to confirm their elimination so your comment is wrong.

    2. England as a side were never going to get far no matter who they picked,there are no world class english players in the whole league and there’s no game changer who will win them a tight game!

  2. It’s interesting that some rumours suggested that Walcott had a hamstring injury and limped out of the training ground? But nothing has been mentioned about that since.
    If that was true, then wouldn’t the news of his injury been used as a reason for not being picked? Even though his form has been totally ?!

    Walcott did say that he would consider leaving the club, if he didn’t get picked for England… Goodluck to him and goodbye ? It’s a shame that he hasn’t progressed in 10 years, he used to be one of my favourite players, no doubts that we will see the best of him at another club.

    1. What you see is what you get from the whippet so no worries about him turning in to a tiger at some other club … Best sell him to China though to the best of my knowledge whippets are not revered over there like tigers so will just have to accept whatever bog standard price we can get and invest in a quality attacking winger

    2. If you click on the “arsenal injuries” toggle at the top of this page it says theo has a hamstring injury

  3. England are very much like Arsenal they promise a lot but deliver very little,they don’t have the big game players to win major tournaments and will be knocked out in the quarter finals!

  4. If I could have 5 of the names mentioned to join Arsenal they would be
    1. Kane
    2. Vardy
    3. Cahill
    4. Stones
    5. Milner

            1. What I mean is that anyone who thinks Boris Johnson michael gove and Nigel farage can get clapped out Britain back on track by vilifying johny foreigner and offering political wet dreams of a return to a bygone Victorian era when “we” ruled the waves are even more delusional than those who thought a team with Walcott giroud Ramsey and mertesakher at its heart were going to deliver us the EPL that man enough for you!!!!

  5. Wilshere is special….he deserved a place in the set up… happy to see that liability called Walcott dropped….this will serve as a wake up call to Wenger…

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