Five players who should've been in the England squad - Shawcross, Kane included

We select the Hull City, Stoke City, West Ham United, Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur players who should have been in the England team.

With Roy Hodgson announcing his England squad to take on Slovenia and Scotland today, we take a look at five players who should have been called up. 

Curtis Davies (Hull City)

The Hull City defender has been in fine form ever since moving to the KC Stadium in 2013 and his latest omission appears very harsh. 

England are short of options at centre-back but Hodgson appears unwilling to experiment and trusts his regular selections to make the step up.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling has broken into the squad, despite being severely off form this season and there has to be a question of whether Hodgson is purely picking him on reputation.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

Another centre-back who seems to constantly be overlooked by Hodgson, Shawcross has a legitimate grievance about not breaking into the team.

The centre-back has been one of the major reasons behind Stoke's success in the Premier League but has, bafflingly, not received a call-up since 2012. 

Mark Noble (West Ham United)

While Stewart Downing's inclusion in the England squad will have pleased West Ham United fans, the exclusion of Mark Noble looks set to frustrate them.

Noble has been a key part of the Hammers squad for a number of years and has starred this season, with his side climbing to fifth in the table.

Hodgson, though, chose to pick Michael Carrick instead of Noble, despite the fact that the United central-midfielder has still not started a game this season. Is reputation striking again?

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City)

Routledge has been a player whose form has been consistently impressive for some time. 

The winger has added a goal threat to his game and is a genuine attacking problem for any side in the division.

Hodgson does not appear keen on him, however, and has favoured the out-of-sorts Tottenham Hotspur wide-man Andros Townsend once again instead. Puzzling.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Spurs striker Harry Kane is one of the most in-form forwards in the Premier League at the moment (despite playing most of his football outside the league, of course).

Although most of his goals have been in European competition, Kane has impressed all watchers this season and, given Hodgson's paucity of options in this position, he surely should have been a definite choice. 

Liverpool's Rickie Lambert is in the squad again, despite showing no signs of form at all this season - and a confident Kane would have been a better selection.  

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