Ex-United man critical of Tottenham and Liverpool pairs' England call-up

Rickie Lambert

Danny Higginbotham has criticised England boss Roy Hodgson for handing call-ups to players based on reputation, Liverpool and Tottenham players feature.

Roy Hodgson has today announced his 21-man squad for England's upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

Much to the displeasure of former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham, all the familiar names are present in the squad despite not all of them being on top form for their domestic clubs.

The inclusion of Keiran Gibbs, Jonjo Shelvey and Nathaniel Clyne are notable exceptions, with the first two receiving their first call-up for a number of years, and it's Clyne's first.

However it is the admittance of players like Ricky Lambert and Andros Townsend, who haven't done anything for Liverpool or Spurs clubs this season, that really have the former United man riled up.

He took to Twitter to voice his annoyance at the England boss:



Spurs winger, Townsend, has only made two Premier League appearances this season and both of those have been as a substitute. Lambert has made five appearances for Liverpool but again they've all come from the subs bench. Neither have scored or made a goal during their appearances as of yet, so you can understand Higginbotham's frustration.

The 35-year-old went to claim England call-ups are based on reputation rather than formed and questioned why Ryan Shawcross wasn't included in the 21-man squad.


Shawcross hasn't received a call-up since the 2012 friendly against Sweden in which England lost 3-2 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an unbelievable bicycle kick to round off his hat-trick.

Despite being eligible, Higginbotham himself never played for the senior England squad, instead he opted to play three matches for the Gibraltar national team before announcing his retirement earlier this year.

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