Gareth Southgate has been criticised for taking ‘cheerleaders as a substitute of gamers’ to Euro 2020 as England duo Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire proceed to get well from accidents.
Liverpool midfielder Henderson has not performed since February after present process groin surgical procedure, whereas Man United defender Maguire has been out for a month with an ankle downside.
With England’s opener in opposition to Croatia in eight days time, it appears unlikely both participant might be match match, even when their accidents have cleared.
Regardless of these doubts, Three Lions boss Southgate has advised the Liverpool and Man United captains are nonetheless value together with in his 26-man squad attributable to their management qualities.
But, with Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, Ben White and Ben Godfrey presently lacking out, the pair might be occupying locations for gamers who’re match and in a position to make a distinction on the pitch.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has dismissed the thought of taking gamers for his or her affect on the dressing room.
He instructed talkSPORT: “What are we doing, as a rustic, taking injured gamers? You’ll be able to’t take gamers to main tournaments who aren’t match.
“We don’t want cheerleaders, we’d like gamers. And we’d like gamers who will make a distinction.
“In the meanwhile, we’ve received cheerleaders. We’ve received Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.
“Nice gamers, love them each. In the event that they’re match, they begin. If you happen to ain’t match, you may’t go mate! Easy as that.”