Five players who were unlucky not to make latest England squad

Players from Liverpool, Hull City, Everton, Newcastle United and Sunderland all had a case for a place in the team to face Denmark next month.

The England squad for the upcoming friendly with Denmark at Wembley has been released - with call-ups for Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling the big talking points.

The decision to include three left-backs, Toronto-bound Jermain Defoe and woefully out-of-form Tom Cleverly has also turned heads.

But which five players should feel aggrieved that their phone didn’t buzz this afternoon?

Jon Flanagan

The right-back is said to be eligible for Republic of Ireland - and after his excellent form you can understand why.

However he has been snubbed by both the main squad and the under-21’s.

At this rate, if Ireland do come knocking, he will snap the offer up quick fast.

Adam Johnson

The Sunderland winger has been in sensational form recently - scoring seven goals in his last nine appearances.

However his most recent two games have not seen him reach similar form.

With that in mind it appears that Roy Hodgson has decided not to give him another chance in the England team.

Tom Huddlestone

The Hull City player has been in sensational form this term and has finally started to score goals as well.

But with Hodgson looking to take the team forward he has decided not to look back on old ground - and Huddlestone can feel rightly aggrieved considering his excellent form.

Gareth Barry

The Everton midfielder has arguably been one of the best midfielders in the league this season - and rumours of his recall were circulating all week.

However, with an emphasis on planning for the future - it seems Barry is another player whose time playing for England has now past.

Mike Williamson

There were plenty of rumours that the injury to Phil Jagielka was going to open the door to selection for the Newcastle United defender.

He has been one of the club’s better players in recent weeks - but at the age of 30 he is not really what the nation is looking for - and Steven Caulker is a more ‘future’ choice.

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