3 Oct 2016

Anfield Smackdown: Dyer insists 'excellent' €35m Liverpool star wasn't worthy of Euro selection. Agree?

Did Jordan Henderson deserve his place in England's Euro 2016 team? Ex-Newcastle star Kieron Dyer doesn't think so, and insists that England's selection policy is flawed.

Speaking to Goals on Sunday, Dyer explained:

"Drinkwater and Noble were the most in-form midfielders at the end of last season, and didn’t make the squad, but Wilshere and Henderson - who didn’t play any football - did, because it’s picked on reputation".

I absolutely agree with this:

* Henderson: From March 20th to the end of the season, he played just 162 minutes of football, and started just one game.

* Wilshere: Spent the first 8 months of the season out injured, and then made just five appearances before Euro 2016.

Meanwhile, Drinkwater - an everpresent for the entire season - played a massive role in helping Leicester win the Premier League title, yet wasn't deemed good enough for England's Euro 2016 squad. It's absolutely pathetic, and decisions like these are indicative of the institutional incompetence that has plagued England for decades.

Gareth Southgate won't change anything. He is another tactically inept Yes Man, and his decision to retain Wayne Rooney as England captain simply proves that he doesn't have the balls to push through the required changes.

Everyone (except Southgate, and the blinkered England hierarchy) can see that Rooney is finished. He's he's the last remaining remnant of the laughably labelled 'Golden Generation', and the sooner he's put out to pasture, the better.

As for Henderson - so far - like Gerrard before him - he's made a negligible impact on the international stage, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

* €35m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Described by Steven Gerrard as 'excellent'.


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