If England win their next two home games, a place in the World Cup next summer will be secure and the hope surrounding the possibility of Roy Hodgson’s side actually winning will increase.
Hodgson has named his squad for the matches against Montenegro and Poland this Friday and next Tuesday, with some strong names included. However, there are some very unlucky players not to be included.
Here are five of them.
Adam Lallana (Southampton)
The 25-year-old midfielder has been one of the most consistent players for the club over the last couple of seasons.
Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur)
Putting yesterday’s result against West Ham to one side, Dawson has been one of the most consistent centre backs this season.
His passing success rate is over 80%, his timing is superb as he’s only give away two yellow cards and he’s producing good numbers in terms of tackles (1.4 per game) and interceptions (1.3 per game) this season.
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa)
Delph has been one of the most aggressive and effective holding midfielders in Premier League football this season.
Aston Villa haven’t secured the best start to the season but Delph’s numbers are very impressive; four tackles per game on average, 2.6 interceptions per game and 2.3 key clearances per game.
Leon Osman (Everton)
Osman has been a key part of Everton’s squad at the start of this season, helping them on that unbeaten run before they fell at Manchester City.
Osman has a better passing success rate than Ross Barkley, Phil Jones, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Steven Gerrard, Phil Jagielka, James Milner and Frank Lampard who have all been named ahead of him.
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
Agbonlahor is one of the quickest players, if not the quickest, in the Premier League at the moment.
There was uproar when he missed out last time round and there will be uproar again. He’s got just as many assists as Daniel Sturridge with Steven Gerrard and Theo Walcott (although he’s injured) the only regular England players making more key passes per game.
Who else do you think is unlucky to have missed out?
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