England national team manager Roy Hodgson on Tuesday picked Manchester United’s 18 year-old sensation Marcus Rashford and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere but dropped Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater from his 23-man England squad for the 2016 European Championship in France.
Rashford, who only started playing senior football for United midway into last season, scored on his international debut in the 2-1 friendly victory over Australia on Friday.
Newcastle United’s Andros Townsend was also left out from the team that face Portugal in their last Euro 2016 warm-up match on Thursday. Hodgson had controversially left West Ham United’s Mark Noble from his squad despite his huge season with the Hammers.
Hodgson’s side begin their campaign in France by playing Russia on 11 June, before meeting Wales on 16 June and Slovakia on 20 June.
A distraught Danny Drinkwater, who helped Leicester win a shock Premier League title, understandably said he was “disappointed” not to make the final 23 but said the season had been a “huge positive”.
Hodgson initially named a 26-man squad after the final round of Premier League games, having intended to reveal his final selection on 12 May.
That was cut to 25 when Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph was moved to the standby list after picking up an injury.
England’s 23-Man Squad For Euro 2016:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)