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England's Euro 2016 squad picked based solely on stats has some shocking omissions

Rohith Nair
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Modified 10 Mar 2016, 19:15 IST
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Ross Barkley Dele Alli England
Ross Barkley (R) and Dele Alli (L)

Midfield

Hodgson claimed that Jack Wilshere would get into the squad if he was fully fit since “he merits a place on past performances”. But he has not played a game all season. 

Leicester City’s Daniel Drinkwater has impressed for the high-flying Foxes this season, having a hand in six goals. West Ham’s Mark Noble has also had a hand in seven goals. Both these players have been “knocking on the door” according to Hodgson and stats show they have done enough to warrant a call-up.

Everton’s Ross Barkley (8 goals and 7 assists) and Tottenham Hotspur’s young star Dele Alli (7 goals and 6 assists) also make the cut. With these four players in midfield in a 4-4-2 diamond formation, the likes of Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and James Milner miss out.

Attack

Jamie Vardy goal EPL
Jamie Vardy leads the EPL goalscoring charts this season with 19 goals

There are no surprises in attack with Leicester City striker and Premier League top goalscorer Jamie Vardy and Tottenham’s Harry Kane making the cut. Vardy has 19 goals this season, leading the Foxes from the front while Kane has caught up after a woeful start to net 17 goals.

If Rooney is unfit for Euro 2016, England’s hopes rest on the shoulders of these two strikers, especially with Danny Welbeck only just returning from injury and Daniel Sturridge still not 100% fit. 

PlayerTeamAgePositionPPI Season IndexPPI Season Rank
Jack ButlandStoke City22Goalkeeper31883
Charlie DanielsBournemouth29Defender40630
Scott DannCrystal Palace29Defender40033
Simon FrancisBournemouth31Defender34855
Craig DawsonWest Bromwich Albion25Defender37444
Ross BarkleyEverton22Midfielder5688
Dele AlliTottenham Hotspur19Midfielder50711
Daniel DrinkwaterLeicester City26Midfielder43520
Mark NobleWest Ham United28Midfielder41225
Harry KaneTottenham Hotspur22Forward7751
Jamie VardyLeicester City29Forward7233
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League
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Published 10 Mar 2016, 18:09 IST
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