Speaking to the Chronicle, Alan Shearer has claimed that Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend and Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe can consider themselves unlucky to be omitted by England for Euro 2016.
England manger Roy Hodgson named his final 23-man squad for the tournament this week, with Townsend being cut from the provisional 26-man selection.
Defoe failed to make that provisional squad all together, despite scoring 18 goals in all competitions last season, 15 of which came in the Premier League.
He missed out largely because of the Three Lions’ numerous options in attack at present, and Shearer admits he can understand Defoe's omission more than Townsend’s.
“When you look at it really, both of them can count themselves unlucky,” he told the Chronicle.
“Andros was one of the few positives for Newcastle and Jermain has scored goals. I understand him more than Andros being left out with the youngsters we’ve got coming through.”
Hodgson will now be hoping that the decision to leave behind both players does not come back to haunt him this summer.
Defoe has arguably missed out because of the rise of Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford, whose goal-scoring form saw him make a late surge into the tournament squad.
His inclusion is very much a risk though given his lack of experience, and Hodgson will be praying it is one that pays off for him as England look for success in the tournament.