Alan Shearer believes Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater deserved England spot

Alan Shearer - Newcastle United Manager

Despite a fine season with Leicester City, Danny Drinkwater was omitted from Roy Hodgson's European Championships squad yesterday.

Ian Wright and Alan Shearer during the Pro-Am Alan Shearer feels Danny Drinkwater should have been part of England's Euro 2016 squad

England and Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has spoken to talkSPORT regarding his dismay at Leicester City star Danny Drinkwater's omission from Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad.

Arsenal's injury prone midfielder Jack Wilshere retained his place among the England squad of 23, and Shearer feels as though Drinkwater was more deserving of his place.

England's Danny Drinkwater in action with Australia's Mark Milligan and Joshua Risdon Danny Drinkwater has every right to be disappointed following his England squad omission

"Drinkwater has had a magnificent season," Shearer said. "He deserved to be in the squad. Once again, Hodgson has gone for reputation rather than form and I hope that gamble pays off for him. He's made that decision, he's got to stick by it and let's wait and see now."

Drinkwater should most certainly feel aggrieved at being overlooked for the European Championships. He played a key role in the Foxes' Premier League winning campaign, competing in 35 league games, and chipping in with two goals and seven assists.

His leadership qualities proved pivotal in removing Leicester from tricky situations. He has a never-say-die attitude - a priceless commodity in the modern game - and on the rare occasion the Foxes found themselves in trouble, Drinkwater led by example and lifted the performances of others.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in actionArsenal's Jack Wilshere has proved to be a favourite of the England manager

Wilshere, on the other hand, played only three times for Arsenal all season, with two of those appearances coming from the substitutes' bench. He is still yet to prove his fitness and is an obvious example of Hodgson choosing players based on reputation rather than merit.

Only time will tell if Hodgson's decision was the correct one.

England manager Roy Hodgson during the press conferenceEngland manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping he has made the correct decision in regards to his squad selection

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