Ray Wilkins highlights Roy Hodgson's double standards over Arsenal and West Ham stars

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Pundit Ray Wilkins has hit out at Roy Hodgson for having double standards over Arsenal and West Ham United players.

Hodgson has courted controversy this season with a number of decisions and selection policies which have disgruntled fans of several clubs most notably the Hammers.

The England boss has continually ignored the likes of Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell, Michail Antonio and more recently striker Andy Carroll despite widespread calls for them to be given a chance at international level.

Hodgson defended his stance on the omission of the West Ham stars who have helped their side mount a bid for the Champions League places by insisting he wants to remain loyal to the players who got England to the European Championships this summer.

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The former Fulham and Liverpool manager has said he will not be taking Carroll to Euro 2016 despite the striker scoring six goals in as many games, as reported by the Daily Mail.

But he has also admitted he will give Jack Wilshere a place in the Euro 2016 squad despite the Arsenal midfielder spending the entire season out injured, as reported by the Mirror.

'Double standards'

And Wilkins told talkSPORT it is a case of double standards from Hodgson.

"Andy Carroll scored again, and that's six in six," Wilkins told talkSPORT.

"You know Andy's doing extremely well, he's a massive threat.

"Carroll really seems to be enjoying his football at the moment. I know Roy came out at the weekend and said 'It would be unfair on the other players if I took Andy because they are the ones that got us there'. 

"But on the other hand, the door's open for Jack Wilshere... so we've got to have a look at Andy because if he keeps scoring and his performances warrant a selection then he's a massive threat."

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While Wilshere's quality is not being questioned, Hodgson cannot have one rule for one player or club and one for another.

And who is to say the talented midfielder would maintain his fitness in the tournament when his injury record suggests otherwise.

The Three Lions manager also called up Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater to his last squad, which contradicts his point about using the players that got England to the Euros.

If Carroll continues his hot form in the last four games of the season he may well force Hodgson's hand given England don't have any other strikers like the big Geordie.

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