Glenn Hoddle says Roy Hodgson should have selected West Ham star for Euros, player agrees

England manager Roy Hodgson during the press conference

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle says Roy Hodgson should have taken West Ham United star Andy Carroll to the Euros.


20-20 Football Technical Director Glenn Hoddle during the press conferenceGlenn Hoddle

England have made an indifferent start to Euro 2016, finishing second in a group they were expected to win comfortably to potentially set up a more difficult path in the knockout stages.

Roy Hodgson is already something of a pantomime villain at West Ham where he has continually ignored their host of English players for call-ups.

That's despite brilliant Premier League performances from the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Michail Antonio and Mark Noble with Andy Carroll - widely considered the only player of his type in the league - also frozen out.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Hoddle was co-commentating on England's frustrating 0-0 draw with Slovakia for ITV.

West Ham's Andy CarrollWest Ham's Andy Carroll

'It's made for Carroll'

And as England went in search of a winner he suggested Hodgson was wrong to ignore the Hammers' big target man.

"These balls we're putting in the box, it's made for Andy Carroll it really is," Hoddle said on ITV.

"To have that other option ... you feel he would have relished some of the chances we have been creating."

Whatever your thoughts on Carroll, there is no denying the striker would probably have made all the difference given his aerial dominance and the sheer number of crosses, both whipped and floated, that England put in.

England manager Roy HodgsonEngland manager Roy Hodgson

Not enough variety in attack

Instead Hodgson opted to take three very similar strikers to France in the shape of Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge with no genuine physical threat in the squad.

And it appears Hoddle is not the only one who feels it was a mistake.

That's because Carroll himself, who has instead used the off-season to travel to different parts of the world, appeared to agree by retweeting a post on Twitter.

A post to the former Newcastle man said: "Glenn Hoddle called it right Andy Carroll should have been on that pitch tonight (for) England vs Slovakia #gamechanger."

West Ham's Andy Carroll in action with Swansea City's Federico FernandezWest Ham's Andy Carroll in action

No better Plan B

While Carroll only managed nine goals last season, with three of those coming in one game against Arsenal, having him on the bench to come on and truly have an impact would be ideal.

Just ask West Ham fans who have watched Carroll come on as sub to great effect throughout last season.

His presence as a plan B sub helped Slaven Bilic turn a number of games around helping the club to their best ever Premier League points tally and first positive goal difference since 1986.

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