The alternative England XI: Who Roy Hodgson left out of England squad

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Players from West Ham United, Everton, Stoke City, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Watford and Newcastle can all feel aggrieved to miss out.

It is impossible for Roy Hodgson to select everyone, and this season has been particularly tough, with English talent flourishing in the Premier League.

On this occasion it is West Ham United who feel hard done by, as both Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell are left out of the squad despite impressing.

But who else could count themselves unfortunate to miss out?

The goalkeeping spot is arguably one that is tied down in the current squad, with Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Fraser Forster all having impressed this season.

Nonetheless, Burnley’s Tom Heaton can consider himself somewhat unfortunate having kept 15 clean sheets in the Championship this season.

At left back, Aaron Cresswell is probably one of the unluckiest not to be in the squad given his performances over the last two seasons, especially when compared to Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand.

The rest of the back four would be outside picks, although Danny Simpson may think he should have been within a shout considering his side top the table.

In central midfield, Mark Noble is an obvious inclusion, with many feeling both he and Danny Drinkwater should have been called up. Instead, it is just the Foxes man who gets selected.

Jonjo Shelvey could also feel aggrieved having played a part in previous squads although given how his displays have tailed off his exclusion is not surprising.

Aaron Lennon can count himself unfortunate given his displays over the last two months for Everton, while Michail Antonio has impressed in West Ham’s push for the top four.

Up front, Charlie Austin and Troy Deeney could have been in with a shout after Wayne Rooney’s injury, but given England’s current strength up front their absence is not too surprising.

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