Shaw’s replacement? Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand. A player who had only played once since returning from injury when the squad was announced. Granted Hodgson is looking ahead to next summer’s tournament and probably feels Bertrand will be his main choice but, right now, snubbing Cresswell is nothing short of insulting.
The same could also be said about Mark Noble’s omission. Sure Noble is unlikely to start but the fact that the ageing Michael Carrick continues to get the nod further fuels my argument that England managers always look to select players based on the club they play for rather than their form.
But while many Premier League players, including some of our own, will be flying all over Europe to represent their countries and running the risk of being injured, a large number of our squad will be recharging their batteries.
They’ll also, I hope, be training hard and preparing for nine points from the rest of October, including a hammering of Chelsea which results in the ‘Special One’ being given the chop.