Redknapp: 'My England XI for Estonia' - Arsenal, Spurs stars miss out

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur stars fail to make up enough ground for an England start, according to Jamie Redknapp.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has had his say on who he thinks should start for England against Estonia when the two meet on Sunday for the European Championship clash.

'Picking my team is never easy,' said Redknapp. 'If you look at what Hodgson did against San Marino, he definitely rested a few.

'You've got to go with Joe Hart first of all and I think Calum Chambers at right-back deserves another opportunity. I've been impressed with him.

'Roy has a bit of a problem with what he does at centre-back. Does he go with Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill, who did okay against San Marino but weren't really troubled? 

'Roy has a bit of a problem with what he does at centre-back. Does he go with Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill, who did okay against San Marino but weren’t really troubled?

'I expect him to bring Leighton Baines in at left-back. He played with Kieran Gibbs the other day and Leighton didn’t play and I felt that was a bit of a surprise. I think Baines’ experience will give him a bit of an edge here.

'I think Hodgson will go with a diamond again and at the base of that diamond I think he will go with Jack Wilshere.

'On the left side I’d like to see him give Fabian Delph another game because I think he did really well and it will be Jordan Henderson on the right of it and Raheem Sterling at the top of the diamond.

'That leaves Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney up front.

'James Milner played the other day and I thought he did okay. He is a bit of a favourite of Hodgson's, but I’m not sure he’ll play him in this game.

'He obviously sets the tempo, works extremely hard and has had a good season so far, but my feeling is he will leave him out of this game.

'Who knows? Roy obviously likes him. He’s the go-to guy and the one he likes to pick.'

The England side picked by Redknapp notably leaves out Tottenham's Andros Townsend and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, both of which shone on Thursday night during the second-half of the San Marino game. Manchester City star James Milner could also see himself as slightly unfortunate, if this was the team that was picked, too.

On the otherside of it, former Leeds United midfielder Fabian Delph has been included by Redknapp after impressing in his last international appearance. It's definitely a glowing endorsement considering the competition the Villa midfielder has. 

The midfield diamond, with Wilshere at the base, is an interesting call and one that many supporters will no doubt flag down as a bad decision. The Arsenal midfielder is perhaps the best passer in the England team, but his lack of physicality would make him unsuitable for this role. England are likely to have the majority of possession, regardless, but when Estonia break is Wilshere really the man to stop that counter-attack? 

England will be expected to win the game against Estonia on Sunday, and that is regardless of what players are picked. However, has Redknapp made the right call? 

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