Roy Hodgson admits he deliberately ignored some players to give others a chance

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The England manager explained the rationale behind his squad selection for the upcoming friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands.

England manager Roy Hodgson has told reporters that he "deliberately ignored" some players in order to give other, less experienced Premier League stars a chance in his squad, as quoted by talkSPORT.

The Three Lions boss announced his squad for this month's friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday, and there were a few surprises amongst his selection.

Players such as Michael Carrick, Leighton Baines, and Kieran Gibbs, all regulars in the England set-up when fit in recent times, were omitted from the 24-man group, whilst Newcastle pair Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend have also missed out.

That has allowed uncapped stars of this season such as Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose and Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater to be handed a call-up ahead of a potential senior debut.

Hodgson admitted that blooding young talent instead of relying on old faces had been a key consideration for him ahead of the final two warm-up matches before he names his Euro 2016 squad.

The 66-year-old told reporters, as quoted by talkSPORT: "On this occasion I deliberately ignored Kieran and Leighton and chose to take Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand who appeared with us later than those other two, two players we know a little bit less.

"That doesn't mean to say [those players] have disappeared off the list. They're players who have been with us and deserve consideration.

"I'm not prepared to say 'this is it'. At the moment we're looking at a fairly large group of players, but who knows? There are still five or six weeks left of the season. I'll be closer [to a final decisions after the two friendlies], there's no question about that."

Despite that claim, however, Hodgson has chosen to stick with certain experienced members of his squad who have been in less than scintillating form so far this season, such as Arsenal's Theo Walcott.

The friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands take place later this month.

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