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***YOUR HELP NEEDED URGENTLY***

Lee Gadsby Basannavar
Chief England team correspondent
& host of Gadsby's England


As you may have just heard on the latest episode of Gadsby's England:

UEFA is refusing to give us -- the only all-England news site and broadcast in the world -- accreditation to cover the England team at the Euros this summer.

We have been covering England for eight years and find this simply disgraceful on UEFA's part. Clearly UEFA are awarding Euros coverage rights only to media organizations they consider to offer them significant financial 'perks' -- yet more cronyism from football's administrators.

We need your support. If you want to see CSRN/Gadsby's England in France this summer, please email UEFA's media relations demanding so at:

media.accreditations@uefa.ch

pedro.pinto@uefa.ch
(Pedro Pinto is the head of Media Communications)

david.farrelly@uefa.ch
(David Farrelly is the overall head of Media)

or you may copy and paste the following:
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To UEFA,

I demand you reconsider your accreditation decision for CSRN/Gadsby's England at Euro 2016. As a loyal follower of both the network and the news site, I reject UEFA's position and demand they be allowed to cover the England football team in France this summer.
Please provide CSRN/Gadsby's England with accreditation for Euro 2016.
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and send to

media.accreditations@uefa.ch, pedro.pinto@uefa.ch, david.farrelly@uefa.ch


Thank you all for your support.
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Gadsby's England latest show -- now available

As Euro 2016 looms, Gadsby's England is back. 

Gadsby and Carlos give their views on England's provisional 26-man squad. Available now. 




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Euro 2016 squads so-far confirmed

Here is the most up-to-date list of Euro 2016 squads so far. Most are provisional at this point.

(Source: Daily Mirror)

Group A

Albania

Squad not yet named.

France


AFP/GettyFrance's players pose for a team picture prior to their friendly match against Denmark in Copenhagen on October 11, 2015
France will host the tournament this summer

Goalkeepers: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), N'Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle).
Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Dimitri Payet (West Ham).

Romania


AFPJordi Alba (C) of Spain vies for the ball against Florin Andone (R) of Romania
Florin Andone will be a key player for Romania

(Provisional 28-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Ciprian Tatarusanu (Fiorentina), Costel Pantilimon (Watford), Silviu Lung (Astra Giurgiu).
Defenders: Cristian Sapunaru (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Alexandru Matel (Dinamo Zagreb), Vlad Chiriches (Napoli), Valerica Gaman (Astra Giurgiu), Cosmin Moti (Ludogorets), Dragos Grigore (Al-Sailiya), Razvan Rat (Rayo Vallecano), Steliano Filip (Dinamo Bucharest), Alin Tosca (Steaua Bucharest).
Midfielders : Mihai Pintilii (Steaua Bucharest), Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Adrian Ropotan (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Andrei Prepelita (Ludogorets), Adrian Popa (Steaua Bucharest), Gabriel Torje (Osmanlispor), Alexandru Chipciu (Steaua Bucharest), Alexandru Maxim (Stuttgart), Nicolae Stanciu (Steaua Bucharest), Lucian Sanmartean (al-Ittihad).
Forwards: Claudiu Keseru (Ludogorets), Bogdan Stancu (Genclerbirligi), Florin Andone (Cordoba), Denis Alibec (Astra Giurgiu), Ioan Hora (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Andrei Ivan (CSU Craiova).

Switzerland

Squad not yet named.

Group B

England


ReutersJamie Vardy celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for England
How will England fare this summer?

(Provisional 26-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Ryan Betrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Russia

Squad not yet named.

Slovakia

Squad not yet named.

Wales


GettyGareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey of Wales
Wales will be expecting to qualify from the group

(Provisional 29-man squad - excluding Gareth Bale until after Champions League final)
Goalkeepers : Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Liverpool), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness).
Defenders: Ben Davies (Tottenham), Neil Taylor (Swansea), Chris Gunter (Reading), Ashley Williams (Swansea), James Chester (West Brom), Ashley Richards (Fulham), Paul Dummett (Newcastle), Adam Henley (Blackburn), Adam Matthews (Sunderland), James Collins (West Ham).
Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Joe Allen (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Birmingham), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), George Williams (Fulham), Andy King (Leicester), Emyr Huws (Wigan), Dave Edwards (Wolves).
Forwards: Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Tom Bradshaw (Walsall), Tom Lawrence (Leicester), Simon Church (Nottingham Forest), Wes Burns (Walsall).

Group C

Germany


AFPGermany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger reaches out for the ball during a friendly international football match between France and Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included by Germany

(Provisional 27-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter-Stegen (Barcelona)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Koln), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Rudiger (Roma), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)
Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Leroy Sane (Schalke), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray)

Northern Ireland

Squad not yet named.

Poland


JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty ImagesPoland v Republic of Ireland
Poland will look to Robert Lewandowski for goals

(Provisional 28-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth), Łukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma), Przemysław Tyton (Stuttgart).
Defenders: Thiago Cionek (Palermo), Paweł Dawidowicz (Benfica), Kamil Glik (Torino), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michał Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Bartosz Salamon (Cagliari), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Lechia Gdansk).
Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Fiorentina), Kamil Grosicki (Rennes), Tomasz Jodlowiec (Legia Warsaw), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla), Karol Linetty (Lech Poznan), Krzysztof Mączynski (Wisła Krakow), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Filip Starzynski (Zaglebie Lubin), Paweł Wszołek (Verona), Piotr Zielinski (Empoli).
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax), Artur Sobiech (Hannover), Mariusz Stepinski (Ruch Chorzow).

Ukraine

Squad not named yet.

Group D

Croatia


Epsilon
How will Mandzukic and Croatia fare?

(Provisional 27-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Vargic (Rijeka), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb).
Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Gordon Schildenfeld (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Strinic (Napoli), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg).
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Alen Halilovic (Sporting Gijon), Domagoj Antolic, Marko Rog, Ante Coric (All Dinamo Zagreb).
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), Marko Pjaca, Duje Cop (Both Dinamo Zagreb), Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City).

Czech Republic

Squad not yet named.

Spain


ReutersSpain's New Kit
Will Spain retain their crown this summer?

(Provisional 25-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)
Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid).
Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), David Silva (Man City), Pedro (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid).
Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vasquez (Real Madrid)

Turkey

Squad not yet named.

Group E

Belgium


AFP/GettyBelgium's national football team before the Euro 2016 qualifying match between against Israel at the King Baudouin Stadium, on October 13, 2015 in Brussels
Belgium are one of the favourites this summer

(Provisional 24-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Bruges), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea).
Forwards : Moussa Dembele (Tottenham), Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool).

Italy

Squad not yet named.

Republic of Ireland


Action Images via ReutersRepublic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates
Can Ireland cause an upset?

(Provisional 35-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Stoke), Darren Randolph (West Ham), David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday).
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby), Paul McShane (Reading), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Richard Keogh (Derby), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Bristol City), Shane Duffy (Blackburn), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Stephen Ward (Burnley).
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McClean (West Brom), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), David Meyler (Hull), Stephen Quinn (Reading), Darron Gibson (Everton), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), Robbie Brady (Norwich), Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen), Callum O'Dowda (Oxford).
Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), David McGoldrick (Ipswich), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich).

Sweden


Marcus Ericsson/Ombrello
Ibrahimovic will lead Sweden out in France

Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa), Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Patrik Carlgren (AIK).
Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (Copenhagen), Erik Johansson (Copenhagen), Pontus Jansson (Torino), Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Martin Olsson (Norwich).
Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiakos), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor), Oscar Lewicki (Malmo), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Kim Kallstrom (Grasshoppers).
Forwards: Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris), Emir Kujovic (Norrkoping).

Group F

Austria


ReutersAustria's Marcel Sabitzer celebrates with teammates Alexander Dragovic and Marko Arnautovic after scoring a goal as Austria beat Montenegro 2-3
Austria are one of the outsiders for the tournament

(Provisional 24-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Austria Vienna), Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ramazan Ozcan (Ingolstadt).
Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dinamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Gyorgy Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (Borussia Monchengladbach), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Prodl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders : David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Luzern), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig), Alessandro Schopf (Schalke), Valentino Lazaro (Salzburg).
Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Ingolstadt), Rubin Okotie (1860 Munich), Marc Janko (Basel).

Hungary


GettyGoalkeeper Gabor Kiraly of Hungary celebrates as his team take a 1-0 lead during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off, second leg match between Hungary and Norway
Kiraly will be in goal for Hungary this summer

(Provisional 30-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Gabor Kiraly (Haladas), Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig), Balazs Megyeri (Getafe).
Defenders: Attila Fiola (Puskas Akademia), Gergo Lovrencsics (Lech Poznan), Barnabas Bese (MTK), Richard Guzmics (Wisla Krakow), Roland Juhasz (Videoton), Gergo Kocsis (Puskas Akademia), Adam Lang (Videoton), Adam Pinter (Ferencvaros), Zsolt Korcsmar (Vasas), Tamas Kadar (Lech Poznan), Mihaly Korhut (Debrecen).
Midfielders: Akos Elek (Diosgyori), Zoltan Gera (Ferencvaros), Adam Nagy (Ferencvaros), Mate Vida (Vasas), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Werder Bremen), Roland Sallai (Puskas Akademia).
Forwards: Balazs Dzsudzsak (Bursaspor), Zoltan Stieber (Nurnberg), Adam Gyurcso (Pogon), Adám Szalai (Hannover), Krisztian Nemeth (al-Gharafa), Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw), Tamas Priskin (Slovan Bratislava), Daniel Bode (Ferencvaros), Laszlo Lencse (Újpest).
Read more: Euro 2016 fixtures and dates (Daily Mirror)

Iceland


Eidur Gudjohnsen has been picked for Iceland's squad at the age of 37

Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson (Bodo/Glimt), Ogmundur Kristinsson (Hammarby), Ingvar Jonsson (Sandefjord).
Defenders: Ari Skulason (OB), Hordur Magnusson (Cesena), Hjortur Hermannsson (PSV Eindhoven), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Krasnodar), Kari Arnason (Malmo), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Lokeren), Birkir Sævarsson (Hammarby), Haukur Heidar Hauksson (AIK).
Midfielders: Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff), Theodor Elmar Bjarnason (AGF), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Norrkoping), Birkir Bjarnason (Basel), Johann Gudmundsson (Charlton), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Molde), Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (Sundsvall).
Forwards : Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Nantes), Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Kaiserslautern).

Portugal


GettyCristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Portugal's second goal during the match between Portugal and Belgium
Can Ronaldo fire Portugal to glory this summer?

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting CP), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Dínamo Zagreb).
Defenders: Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Cédric (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), José Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient).
Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting CP), Danilo Pereira (Porto), João Moutinho (Monaco), Renato Sanches (Benfica), Adrien Silva (Sporting CP), André Gomes (Valencia), João Mário (Sporting CP).
Forwards: Rafa Silva (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş), Nani (Fenerbahçe), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Lille).
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BREAKING: ENGLAND PROVISIONAL SQUAD ANNOUNCED -- RASHFORD IN


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


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

England squad in stats

  • Forster has kept 19 Premier League clean sheets in the last two Premier League seasons; Joe Hart (29) is the only England keeper to keep more.
  • Bertrand is one of only five Premier League full-backs to have made more than 200 crosses in the last two seasons
  • Smalling has been present for 17 of Manchester United's 18 clean sheets in the Premier League
  • Stones made 33 Premier league blocks for Everton - nine more than any other player at the club
  • Alli has been involved in 19 Premier League goals (nine goals, 10 assists) this season, more than any other English midfielder in the division
  • Drinkwater made more tackles (106) than any other English midfielder in the Premier League this season
  • Henderson made more passes than any other England midfielder during Euro 2016 qualifying (353).
  • Wilshere played more successful passes than any other England midfielder during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign (291).
  • Rashford became the youngest player to score in a Premier League Manchester derby this season, when he netted against Man City aged 18 years and 141 days.
  • Sturridge scored a goal every 122 minutes in the Premier League this season, the best goals per minute ratio of any English player to score.
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England Euros injury watch: Welbeck, Shaw out

Lee Gadsby Basannavar
Chief England Correspondent
in Los Angeles

Today, it's been confirmed that Danny Welbeck is not only out of Euro 2016, but laid off for nine months. One feels great sympathy for Welbeck, who this time has been struck with a serious knee injury which required immediate surgery. It may seem cruel, but should he have been amongst Roy Hodgson's five strikers anyway?

It has also been confirmed that Luke Shaw will not recover in time for Euro 2016. This is a blow; in Shaw's last appearances for England, he was outstanding and seemed a certainty to lock in the left-back position. This is a position which will now cause headaches for Hodgson.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had already been ruled out, another considerable loss as an England flair player with great pace and skill. The Arsenal player must feel cursed after missing the World Cup.

So what are the options now for Roy Hodgson? Can he sit back and confidently name his 23, or does the look below say it all?!



Virtual certainties:

Goalkeepers 
Joe Hart, Fraser Forster

Defenders 
Nathaniel Clyne, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand

Midfielders 
Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Ross Barkley, Dele Alli, James Milner, Adam Lallana, Jack Wilshere

Strikers
Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling

Possible:

Goalkeepers
Tom Heaton

Defenders
Kyle Walker, Phil Jagielka,

Midfielders
Danny Drinkwater, Andros Townsend, Fabian Delph

Strikers
Theo Walcott, Andy Carroll

Outside chance:

Goalkeepers
Ben Foster

Defenders
Leighton Baines, Phil Jones

Midfielders
Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard, Jonjo Shelvey, Mark Noble

Strikers
Jermaine Defoe, Marcus Rashford

Who would be your 23-man England squad for Euro 2016?

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Oh, the sheer bloody hell of it!

Lee Gadsby Basannavar,
Chief England Correspondent
in Los Angeles

Imagine:

the Loch Ness monster is real

Elvis is found alive in a trailer park in Tupelo

David Cameron is appointed manager of Aston Villa

Simon Cowell becomes Prime Minister after David Cameron is appointed manager of Aston Villa

Piers Morgan becomes Arsenal manager

Kim Kardashian becomes President of the United States

England win Euro 2016


Alright, granted, the last one is beyond ridiculous, but each of these things, according to the statistical wisdom of UK bookmakers and betting agencies, was more likely than Leicester City winning the Premier League.

Week after week, we waited for the streak to end, game after game we thought would be that one where the fairytale's protagonists finally lost their wings... We lauded them for the astonishing feat of guaranteeing a top four finish, we patronized them again and again with the whatever happens now, it's been an incredible season rhetoric... Then, in the last couple of weeks, we realized that the very foundations of the earth we walk on started to crack, we looked at ourselves in the mirror and saw the time-space continuum distort our faces as if we were hanging on the event horizon of a black hole; suddenly, Newton, Galileo and Einstein were all wrong. And today, our eyes popped open and we looked around to discover that we have all in fact been in states of suspended animation, plugged into one giant Matrix, our lives one big simulation on a supercomputer known as Claudio I.

Because Leicester City have just won the Premier League.

Just read that again. Just look at this England team-only website which prides itself in either ignoring or damning (see below) the Premier League -- talking about this wondrous club achievement. Everything we thought we knew was wrong. The seemingly-impenetrable tower, guarded on each turret by Manchesters City and United, Chelsea and Arsenal, has tumbled like the dinosaurs tumbled out of existence.

The Premier League, this giant whore of the most grotesque extremities of capitalist excess, has been impaled by a beam of light which has restored our faith in sporting humanity. If we look closely into this wondrous beam, we will see things like conventional wisdom -- the more you spend, the better you will be -- turning to folly, young men expressing themselves, blending their talents and flaunting their abilities -- together -- is as much a winning formula as the manufacturing of an 11-man machine, and that, yes, the whole is more than just a sum of its parts. And conducting, a gentle but majestic maestro, surgically orchestrating this most incredible of feats. Take that Chelsea, take that Ken Bates, and take that, you football anathema Roman Abramovich -- today Claudio Ranieri shames and shines above all of you.

People ask why I believe the best international sides would beat the best club sides should, perhaps ironically, look to Leicester City, because Leicester have adopted the same type of mindset. Compare Leicester to Greece and Denmark, only this time spread and miraculously maintained over a whole domestic season. Leicester City treated this Premier League season in some ways like an international tournament -- the players looked harder at the shirt, reached higher for the prize, saw deeper into the hearts of their fans. They became something more than they thought they were. There are lessons here for every fan, player, club and country.

And for England going into Euro 2016, what can be learned? Firstly, let Vardy and Drinkwater loose, let them sprinkle some of the magic dust into the England team! Then, Mr. Hodgson, find the ties that can bind these lads like Ranieri has done with his. Leicester have proven that the answer is to be set free from all convention. There is no reason why this young England -- with a sprinkling of Leicester fairy dust -- cannot do the same.

Leicester City, Premier League Champions. Bloody hell.



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Marcus Rashford Euro 2016 inclusion unlikely - Roy Hodgson

from BBC Sport

England boss Roy Hodgson says he would have to sacrifice a player who has "more reason to be called up" in order to fit teenage striker Marcus Rashford in his Euro 2016 squad.
Manchester United forward Rashford, 18, has seven goals in 13 outings since making his senior debut in February.
Hodgson has been "very impressed" with the teenager but said it was "unlikely" he would take him to France.
"I think it would be a very bold decision to put him in," added Hodgson.
Rashford, who is still six months short of his 19th birthday, marked his senior debut with two goals against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.
Since then, the England Under-20 international has scored four Premier League goals, including winners against Manchester City and Aston Villa.
The youngster also scored at West Ham to help United book an FA Cup semi-final date at Wembley with Everton.
In March, Hodgson said he would "neither rule him in or rule him out" when asked if Rashford could make his squad for France this summer.
Hodgson has numerous attacking options in the shape of United's Wayne Rooney, Tottenham's Harry Kane, Leicester's Jamie Vardy, Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal's Danny Welbeck.
In addition, West Ham's Andy Carroll has staked a claim after scoring six goals in his last five league games.
"I think it would mean possibly leaving someone behind who, at the moment, has more reason to be called up," said Hodgson when again asked about Rashford.
"But you never know. The fact is it would be foolish as well to say 'no, no, he's not ready, he can't do it'.
"I am sure he could do it.
"It's not inconceivable but it looks unlikely to me with the current players we've got and the competition for places in that area of the field."
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England will not beat Wales at Euro 2016 says Ian Rush

from BBC Sport

Wales' record goal scorer Ian Rush says Chris Coleman's men will not lose to England in the European Championships in France this summer.
Wales face England in the second game of the group stage on 16 June in Lens.
They play Slovakia in the opening game on 11 June and Russia the final match of Group B on 20 June.
'I've got a strong feeling that we won't lose to England, even though they've had a good result against Germany," Rush told BBC Wales Sport.
Rush feels Chris Coleman's side will be full of confidence when they come up against Roy Hodgson's men.
"The first game is vital - you don't lose the first game," Rush said.
"After that, we'll go into the England game full of confidence."
Rush, who scored 28 goals in 73 games for his country, feels Wales are a side most teams would rather avoid in France, but believes this is just the start of the nation's football ascent.
"When you've got Bale and Ramsay in the side, as well as the defence we've got, teams won't want to play us," said Rush.

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Gadsby's England Matchweek Special continues with all the reaction from England's reality-check defeat at Wembley against the Dutch

Gadsby's England has a new recruit owing to Gadsby Jr coming down with some condition called "can't-be-bothered-itis" or something...welcome Nick Hladnik, football thinker and pundit with punch, to the cauldron, the mad tornado of football radio which is Gadsby's England. Gadsby's England's Matchweek Special continues as England take on Holland at Wembley. Available now:























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