Alan Shearer gives his verdict on England's decision to omit Newcastle United's Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend was left out of England's Euro 2016 squad.

Alan Shearer - Newcastle United Manager

Alan Shearer has told Coral that Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend should have been included in England’s Euro 2016 squad.

Townsend made England’s 26-man squad for the European Championships, but he was cut from the final team.

The Newcastle winger admitted he was ‘gutted’ about the decision on social media last night, and Shearer believes Roy Hodgson may have made a mistake.

England's Danny Rose and Andros Townsend during training

The Magpies legend claims that Townsend was the one positive to come out of Newcastle’s disastrous campaign, where they were relegated from the Premier League.

“I admire his [Hodgson’s] loyalty but I also feel that Andros Townsend could have offered them something different to what they have gone with,” Shearer said. “He’s been the one shining light for Newcastle at the back end of the season, even though they were relegated. We have regretted taking players who weren’t fully fit before, so I thought we would have learnt from previous mistakes.”

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

Townsend only moved to Newcastle in January from Tottenham Hotspur, but he offered more than most in their unsuccessful fight for survival.

The 24-year-old scored four goals in 13 Premier League appearances for Newcastle, as Rafael Benitez’s side tried to escape the drop zone.

Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater and Manchester City’s Fabian Delph were also cut from England’s squad for Euro 2016.

England’s last friendly before Euro 2016 comes against Portugal on Thursday.

Andros Townsend scores the first goal for Newcastle

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